In search of "Best in Show"

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - For East Texas show dog owners, It's the Super Bowl and the World Series all rolled into one. It's the Longview Kennel Club's 2010 AKC licensed all breed dog show.

Their big, their small, they're whatever? All breeds vying for best in show and obedience in what owners say is good show experience for them, and the dogs.

"We have people who've never shown their dog before," said Don Etheridge with Tyler Obedience Training Club. "We also have people who have been showing their dogs off and on for over 30 years."

"You have the opportunity to gain titles, move on, add more points to your score," said Scott Summer of Houston, a two time winner at the famous Westminster Show. "It's a very prestigious thing to win everyone wants to win that, that's your goal. Just get the best dog you can get and pray a whole lot."

In show every line, every hair is examined for breed perfection. "You just start out with a good dog a sound dog," said Pam Davis of Arcadia, Louisiana. "A lot of the local kennel clubs have handling classes you can go to as well as obedience classes."

Owners spend thousands on grooming equipment and pampering their stars of the show.

"Once you have a team you have companionship and that's what this is really all about," said Etheridge. "One of the opportunities that you have at one of the trials like this is to show exactly how exceptional your dog is."

The dog show continues tomorrow at Maude Cobb Activity Center in Longview from 8 AM to 4

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