Bodacious was truly full of herself, and looked great out there. Soleil, well, I think I'll be saving my money by not showing her in conformation. Despite having structure that the ADBA judges seem to like, her piteous, "Oh stop torturing me by showing me" attitude isn't going to be winning. This was the 4th time I've shown her ADBA, she got a 2nd (out of 2) the 1st time, though the judge liked her. This was the second time a judge has tried to look at her repeatedly, trying to get her to unhunch her little back, but she ain't doing it.
We did do well at the weight pull though, which was more important to me. This was her 2nd weekend on rails. Her first weekend, she showed some regressive behavior, getting frustrated and jumping, banging instead of pulling. So my goal was to get her to pull calmly, more like she does in training, and make her work, w/out pushing her/stressing her until she banged. While her form wasn't terrific, I was pleased w/how she handled herself, she worked hard on the 925# and 1125#, so I withdrew her, ending on a positive note. She took 2nd place in her class, beaten for first by 0.36 of a percent, but it was a great training experience, so I am very happy.
There were, as always, a ton of great looking dogs there. The Champions class was amazing. Angus looked excellent, it was nice to meet him in person (in dog?). I had a lot of fun, and I'm glad I didn't go today.