Master Blogger Billy Wheeler is already planning his trip to Oklahoma City at the end of the month. He’s gearing up for the OKC Summer Classic that will feature independent specialties and four days of all-breed competition with an island theme. In today’s Back Story, Billy reports on this televised cluster that will draw many of the nation’s top dogs, and he’ll introduce the special attractions such as Meet the Breeds that should welcome spectators by the thousands.
For some exhibitors, an early morning ring time is like an unwelcome houseguest – something you just have to put up with. For early risers like me, 8 a.m. judging provides the perfect excuse to hit the road in the quiet of the predawn hours. Discover how a long drive to a dog show can help you to prepare for the often hectic day that lies ahead.
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OKlahoma City Summer Classic
By Billy Wheeler
As much as I enjoy spending time with my fellow dog fanciers, it is a bit like belonging to a secret society replete with its own language, e.g., “typey”, wardrobe, e.g. grooming smock, not by Kate Spade, and gang signs, e.g. throw the bait. For some time now I have been grounding myself with exposure to the non-show going public. Of course, I can’t just walk up to stranger at Whole Foods and announce that I attend dog shows. I have to have some common ground and some common language. Like sitting at the dog park and asking the guy with the rescue Greyhound, “Did you see that dog show on TV last night?”. There’s the opener for a possible conversion. more
My Favorite Things – the Early Morning Dog Show
By Dan Sayers
I like the early morning hours.
Before the sun comes up, there’s a calm stillness to the air that’s filled with quiet anticipation. This is especially so on dog show days, when the alarm goes off at four a.m. and I’m on the road long before sunrise.
With the dogs and their gear loaded and a full tank of gas in the van, a certain kind of excitement takes hold as I turn on the ignition and pull out of the driveway. more