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Within Limits, for Openers…

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126 – September, 2020

By Caroline Coile

My desktop, iPad, and phone are ready…I wiggle my fingers, loosening them for the upcoming challenge…the seconds tick down…I wipe the sweat from my brow, take a deep breath…5…4…3…2…1…Click!

Wait, these show selections don’t make sense! Where is the Friday all-breed? Why does this one not have NOHS? What is this specialty? WHERE ARE MY SHOWS? Just enter something! Okay, Click…^^%%# dammit entering a Rottweiler specialty won’t help my Saluki! Start over… “Don’t hit the backspace key”…Too late!… OMG my screen is frozen…IPad time! Phone is ringing-NOT NOW!!! Nooo, keep this line open! Hang up on them! Could I really have friends who don’t realize it’s one minute after a show opening time and my entries still aren’t in? I’M NEVER GOING TO MAKE IT!

Sixteen minutes and several false starts later I have one dog entered in four shows. I need a drink–and it’s 10 AM. Now the waiting game begins…is he, or isn’t he?

Welcome to the new world of entering dog shows.

When The Learning Circuit limited its entries, savvy exhibitors were ready at their keyboards to be the first ones in. “It took us seven people and an hour-and-a-half to enter 12 dogs,” reports one exhibitor. “Everyone was on separate internet, different cities, phones and computers, and it was a nightmare.”

Not everyone was so prepared. Many would-be exhibitors still focused on the closing date, as though that still had significance. By the time the next clusters rolled around, some exhibitors had learned a new word they never knew existed: Opening Date.

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