Connor Black was expecting to win the Junior Showman Competition at the Summer Classic Dog Show today. That is — until his Whippit, Phoenix, decided to go to the restroom during the competition.
“On the first go around in the ring, he pooped,” 15-year-old Black told me.
But despite a dirty start to the competition, Black still walked away with best of show for the junior competitors aged 15-18.
“I don’t know why I won, really,” Black said. “I guess it’s how fast I cleaned it up.”
For the fourth year, Oklahoma City is hosting the Summer Classic Dog Show. The show attracts thousands of dogs from around the nation — and even the world (I met a French trainer who breeds Beauceron, a French herding dog). With 149 breeds and over 50 pet vendors, it’s an event dog lovers will be doggone devastated to miss.
While the competition is important, for dog owners like Connor Black, nothing compares to the relationship that is established between the dogs and their owners.
“They’re basically just like people. Dogs are just wondeful,” Black said.
The show is being held Thursday through Sunday at the Cox Convention Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. For more information, visit the American Kennel Club’s Web site.