Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Training to Become Best in Show at Tulsa Cluster of Dog Shows

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Training to Become Best in Show at Tulsa Cluster of Dog Shows

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Dog shows aren't just about displaying man's best friend.

"It's very competitive," said Karen Gibson, president of Mid- Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa. "Every kind of dirty trick can be pulled out. People are in it to win."

The Tulsa Cluster of Dog Shows is coming to the Tulsa Convention Center on Oct. 30. The hosts of the event are Mid-Continent Kennel Club, Bartlesville Kennel Club and Tri State Club.

More than 2,000 registered American Kennel Club top show dogs from across the country and around the world will compete.

"It's our hometown dog show," said Lori Finlayson, vice president of Mid-Continent Kennel Club. "A lot of dogs that will be here are ones people might have seen on TV."

Dogs will vie for points by competing in various shows such as Best of Breed and Best in Show.

With all the different competition and shows going on, Gibson said it can get confusing for the average attendee. She said people find the most entertainment during the Best in Show portion.

"It's definitely fun if you enjoy dogs," she said. "You do get to see some of the top dogs in the country here."

Finlayson first entered one of her dogs in 1984. Her dog won Best in Show and since then she has been involved in shows in one way or another.

Participating in dog shows can become somewhat of an expense, said Finlayson. She estimated that she spends about $300 on a weekend when she's competing in a dog show. That doesn't count the training or food expenses.

Gibson first entered a dog in a show back in 1968. She said she's spent a lot on her pastime in 40 years. …

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