Not very helpful, but in AKC, the club in question can offer a refund for bitches in heat or not. I have often seen that they will offer a partial refund, but you need a vet confirmation I think. That costs as much as the entry fee anyway, or pretty much.
So, I am not sure what to tell you.
I have NEVER heard of subbing one dog for another on an AKC show. I mean you dog's name and numbers are there, to sub another they would have to make a change. I just have never heard of them doing that.
I feel your pain though. Entries close on March 2 or 3 for a show at the end of March. I am working with Babsy, who has pulled a muscle, and may not be ready. She went into heat in November, so if her leg is ok, then she can show -- probably. Heidi who was due to whelp in the beginning of January but missed. She SHOULD go into heat in April, unless she is early. And the baby, Joy who is not ready yet, but is six months old NOW. in the end of March she MAY be having her first heat.
I have two weeks to decide who to enter.
I really do love having bitches, BUT....
In August I showed Milla and Ninja days before their first birthday. My friends dog was going for his UD at the evening show (first day of a three day show). He was so interested in Milla. He went into the ring and saw her and just blew his owner off completely.
I looked at Milla and thought NO WAY. There had been no blood. She had qualified that morning, and that evening, and I brought her the next day and got her title. The next day she went into heat.
I heard that applying a bit of vanilla can mask the attractiveness....
Would that be considered cheating???
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.