The end-of-September ASCA standings have come out and Thumper is firmly at #1 in Intact Conformation, with 343 Breed points and 60+ points ahead of #2. We are hopeful that even with a limited schedule in ASCA for the next few months that we can comfortably remain in top 30 for NEXT year's Finals. This year we landed right on 30, not a point to spare! Meanwhile we are busy finalizing plans to travel to Bakersfield for Nationals this year; we leave from Maryland late October with half a load of passenger dogs, then pick up Maria and the rest of the passengers (including Thumper of course!) and then on to Bakersfield.