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Who, What, Where

The Entry Line is a Canadian Dog Show Entry Service that accepts entries for events all across Canada. We are located in Brantford, which is in South Western Ontario, and service over 100 shows per year including conformation, obedience and specialties. All shows that The Entry Line handles can be seen under the "Show Calendar" section of this website.

How It All Began

The Entry Line 'Dog Show Entry Service' officially began business on January 1, 1990. Jo-Ann Nichols started it as a small venture to fill the need for an accurate and friendly service for exhibitors to enter their dogs at the last minute. Jo-Ann and one other friend manned a single phone line 6 days a week, sometimes 10 hours a day or more to accommodate a growing clientele.

As word of mouth spread about the new service, it quickly became necessary to add more employees, more phone lines, more computers, and a faxing system. A custom computer program was developed to provide more accurate and detailed show information. As Jo-Ann built closer relationships with her clientele, it became evident that the exhibitors were using The Entry Line for not only last minute entries, but also convenience and knowledgeable assistance in organizing their showing.

Over the years, The Entry Line, has always tried to anticipate the needs of their clients. They have also gone through several upgrades on their computer program and network to provide faster service with less room for error. website is the newest addition to great tools offered to their clientele with the purpose of making entries a breeze. The website will process online entries quicker and more simply than ever before. The Entry Line hopes you enjoy using the site and welcomes your input on how they can improve it. Please feel free to give your comments on the Contact Us page.

The Entry Line thanks all their loyal clients over the years and the new and upcoming exhibitors just beginning. Their motto is very important to them. They will always strive to provide efficient, accurate and helpful service so that you can "focus on winning".

The Personalities Behind The Technology


Stacey (shown here with her Italian Greyhound, Joy) joined The Entry Line in 1994, and quickly became known to clients as someone who could make telephone entries an easy and comfortable experience. She loves to spend time with her dogs, in fact they accompany her to the office every day, chances are when you speak with her she'll have either Jackson (the Dachshund) or Joy on her lap or sleeping on their comfy cushion nearby. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, tending to her koi ponds or spending time with friends enjoying food, wine and games.

To unwind after a busy week, she looks forward walking the beautiful trails with the dogs and practising her photography skills to capture great pictures. Stacey loves helping new exhibitors join our fancy, so if you want to get started showing your dog call her, she'll make it easy for you. (If you have gardening questions she might be able to help with that too.)


Deb began working with us in September of 1995. With many years of experience she is able to quickly take your entries and answer any questions you might have about dog shows. She loves her Labrador Retrievers, and just loves to spend time outside walking, swimming, and camping with them. During her downtime, Deb enjoys the finer things in life including dining and wine. A huge Star Trek fan for many years, Deb also enjoys lots of other great programs on TV and getting to know clients better on the phone.

You never know, you may find you have a lot in common with her the next time you call, and she is always up for some good Star Trek trivia.


Syd started working on the Entry Line website back in 2002 and has been involved on and off over the years helping out with the technology side of the business when he can.

An avid video game collector and vintage computer enthusiast, Syd also enjoyes fishing and hanging out with his Bichon Frise dogs, which are his first (growing up he had cats). He's pretty happy with Bichons but wonders what it might be like to own a sporting dog.

It's quite possible you might hear him answer the phone one day, you just never know.

Jo-Ann, Founder

Jo-Ann has been involved with purebred dogs and shows for more than 25 years. The Entry Line logo, depicting a Bloodhound, commemorates Jo-Ann's first purebred show dog. Out of only two Bloodhound litters, several Canadian and American champions were produced, including her American Best in Show male, "A/C Ch Noseworthy's Magnum Opus" - September 15, 1990 - December 27, 2000.

With many years of entry service experience and more than 20 years of showing, Jo-Ann has extensive knowledge of dog show rules and can help you with almost any dog-related question on your entries.

Jo-Ann is now retired but occasionally comes in to help with the phones.


We abide by all Canadian Kennel Club rules. We will NOT accept new entries, or alter existing entries, after OUR closing time for each show. Our closing times vary according to where we have to deliver each show. We must close off shows several hours before the official club closing time in order to finish processing, compiling and submitting our entries on time to the appropriate show secretary. They will not accept our entries if they are late.

> Online entries will be cut off half an hour before our telephone and fax entries. It is the clients responsibility to read email confirmations carefully BEFORE our closing time, so that our office can be contacted immediately if a change needs to be made. If you do not receive a confirmation of the online entry, you must call our office. Even though it appeared your entry was submitted to us, we may not have received your entry through one of the internet providers.

> We will make every effort to contact an exhibitor before cancelling an entry for a declined credit card or missing information. If you cannot be reached and there are no alternate cards on file to use, your entry may be cancelled at our discretion.

Our Rates

Entries made by phone or fax are normally charged at 15% of the total fees for the show. This total includes entry fees for each day, listing fees for dogs not registered in Canada, puppy sweepstakes, all non-regular classes such as Stud dog and Brood bitch, and other options that may be available such as catalogues or weekend camping pre-registration.

Entries made on-line will be charged 13% of the total fees as described above. This applies to entries received by internet that do not require extra processing by hand such as in the case of a declined credit card or an incorrectly completed entry. In order to be able to use our website to make the on-line entries you must be a member of the website, which currently is FREE.

NEW! If you pay for your entries with Interac E-Transfer, you will only pay a 10% service fee.

For phone, fax and internet entries, there is also the Harmonized & Sales Tax (HST) of 13% that is added to our service fee only. It is already included in the price of the entry and listing fees.

Your Privacy

The Entry Line values your privacy. We do not sell or rent your information to anyone. Your information is used for the purpose of entering dog shows as per your request only. We have also taken great care to ensure that you are not bombarded with banner advertising, where you may be forced, or feel pressured, to go to a site you did not choose.

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