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.
There is a certain camaraderie with dog lovers. Just ask Bonni Wilson, of Moore. She’s at the show this week to fellowship with Goiffon, whom she first met five years ago. Then she flew to Wisconsin to buy a dog from Goiffon, the owner of Dunham Lake Australian Terriers.
She got the pet for her son, Kade, now 14.
“We just love Cody (the dog),” she said.
Wilson immediately hit it off with Goiffon.
“We both homeschooled our children and bonded right away,” she said.
The Summer Classic Dog Shows have participants from all over, Goiffon said.
“Distance isn’t a problem for many,” she said. The Wisconsin native attends many shows, including the prestigious Westminster show in New York. And, according to her webpage, she has reaped many honors and awards including at Westminster.
The show is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. It’s hosted by the OKC Kennel Club and the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club. Sponsors include Purina, Clear Channel Communications and the OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau.