Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I have a dream!
 Over the last week or two, I have been trying to get entry forms together to enter trials like the Blue Grass and others. I am, once again, frustrated and exhausted from cutting, pasting, Googling, Yahooing, and searching for trial entries. I feel like I am on a treasure hunt or going through a rite of passage.
 I have waited this thing out, thinking "I must be missing something." I have asked the question "Why is there not ONE standard place that we can go and download the entry?"No one seems to know why and, at best, the answer I get is, "My trial fills, so why should I care."
  Here’s a question. Is this some sort of test? Is this to eliminate the unworthy from entering trials? Are we checking IQ's to see if people are clever enough to own this amazing breed of dog? Or is this just a sick little joke? Yes, the way we do it now works, of course it works. With a lot of sweat and frustration, a shovel works too, but a back-hoe works better. Some of you right now are thinking, "I think a shovel actually works better in small areas," to which I answer, I am climbing on the roof of the barn and I am about to jump! Thank goodness we didn't have the same mind set regarding indoor plumbing. Maybe that’s it. Have all those trial porta-potties slowed our thinking?
 No wonder our trial hosts are so exhausted by the time the trial rolls around. They have copied, pasted, linked and sent 150 emails, all containing their trial entry. I’m tired, just thinking about it. Wouldn't it be neat to go to one place, see a list of trials by date, and press the link for the entry? Sure it’s nice to have their email address, but I wouldn't need to bother them if I could just grab the entry. I am sure that it’s nice for the trial secretary to get emails from their friends, but 50 requests for entries......I feel weak.

 The problem is not without a solution. It is so simple. All you do is add a link to an already existing list. Next to the email link is the link to the entry. It is simple, it is free, and it takes 5 seconds to add the additional link.

 This could be such a relief to all involved. No more confusion, no more searching. If the entry isn't on the list, we can assume it is not out.
 Now then, what do I need to do to make this happen? Refuse to eat? Wear pink? Make special bracelets, or threaten to paper cut my wrists with the 2009 USBCHA finals entry, when I finally locate it! I am willing to put the list on my site or help any way I can...........

 Some people want to find a cure for AIDS, others rescue starving orphans. I am a simple woman. If I could get all the USBCHA trial entry forms in one place, where people could click and print, I think I could rest in peace!


  1. Vickie,

    there is such a place at http://dogtrialentry.com/

    I think Dawn Boyce uses this, don't know who designed it. I think you can pay for your entry on line and do running orders etc.

  2. Sounds like a really good idea, Vickie. Was the link ever posted on sheepdog-L or published somewhere to get the word out? It looks like it is well known in the east but not so much in the west. I wonder if there is a fee for the trial hosts to list their trial?
    cheers Lani