I will be continuing my travels across America with a visit to Oklahoma City next week for the four-day OKC Summer Classic beginning Thursday. Although this is just the eighth year the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club and Oklahoma City Kennel Club have teamed up to bring us four all-breed shows, it has already become one of the most anticipated events each summer.

The counts are in, and we are pleased to find that all four days have drawn well. While Saturday’s OCKC entry of nearly 1,700 dogs is quite respectable, Thursday’s MDTKC draw of 1,400 dogs is pretty amazing for a weekday show. The four days will offer up almost 6,200 points, more than enough to influence the national rankings. These numbers are bolstered by specialties hosted by the Poodle Club of Oklahoma City, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Central Oklahoma, the Great Dane Club of Oklahoma, the Sooner Pomeranian Club of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Boston Terrier Club and 23 other clubs’ supporting entries.

Breeds posting more than 40 entries are Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Whippets, Great Danes and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Several breeds we don’t often see are well-represented with impressive entries. The Soft Coated Wheatens lead all Terriers with 25 entries on Saturday. The Giant Schnauzers, American Eskimo Dogs, Schipperkes and Entlebucher Mountain Dogs all come in with 13 entries. While we often see Standard and Toy Poodles at the shows, we don’t get to see many Miniatures, a breed that I think is just about the perfect dog for anyone (you don’t have to give them a silly haircut unless you really want to). There are 14 Miniature Poodles scheduled for Saturday. For a real treat, there are eight Pulik and seven Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. Outside of Westminster and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, when was the last time you saw both of those breeds so well-represented?

The point is that this is going to be a dog lovers’ dream, four days, all with sizable, varied entries, and the time to see them all. Look for me at one of these rings, and tell me what you want to read in my columns and what changes you want to see in our sport. That’s how things get done, by sharing your ideas. And that’s today’s Back Story.