Downtown has a certain canine feel to it this week, as dog lovers from all over are here for the Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows.
Hundreds of hopefuls are looking to nab awards for their breeds at the Cox Convention Center. The show, which started Wednesday, continues through Sunday.
It draws such enthusiasts as Theresa A. Goiffon, of Siren, Wis. She is here with her Australian terriers. It’s a breed she has been involved with for eight years.
“We love it here,” Goiffon said. “It’s a great venue and the people are friendly.”
She admitted there is some pressure from animal rights advocates for dog breeders to cease and not participate in shows. But she doesn’t agree.
“We’re not like backyard breeders,” she said. “We’re professional and put money back into the animals. The original intent of dog shows was to evaluate breeds. They did become more competitive over the years.”
And the overwhelming majority of participants thoroughly love and care for their animals, she said.
“They (the terriers) don’t shed and they have great personalities,” Goiffon said. “They get along great with children and the elderly.”
Goiffon brought several terriers to the show, including her mascot dog, Capt. Sparrow, a terrier born with three legs.