After reading the thread on the National, I thought I'd give a couple comments. First, I heard that one dog had 6 no-birds. Is this a world record for no-birds for a single dog? Also, on one of the threads the talked about the word "Open." Historically this is used as an adjective in dog sports, as in "Open All-Age." This means that any eligible dog at least 6 months old can enter the stake without any other qualifications. Other stakes have qualifications to enter: Limited All-Age, Special All-Age, Restricted All-Age, and the National Retriever Championship. I noticed today they called it the National Open on the blog. I guess common use is using "Open" as a noun. I guess I just like things to be precise. This happens with other terms that we use. For example, the misuse of the term "hunt test" or "licensed trial."