JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The best of man's best friends were in Jackson for the Magnolia Christmas Classic Dog Show. Hundreds of people from across the country brought their dogs to compete in the weekend's event.
After rally and obedience trials and looking good, only the top dog will be named best in show. But there was a lot that takes place behind the scenes at the Magnolia Christmas Classic Dog Show before the blue ribbon was awarded.
"They are sort of like an athlete. They have to be in perfect condition, mentally, physically, their weight, their hair, their coats," said professional dog handler Scott Sommers.
The handlers admit that most of these dogs are taken better care of than themselves.
"They get a bath, brushed, dried, everyday. They get more baths than I do probably," said professional dog handler Mike Pitts.
It was painstaking work for the handlers. Every hair needed to be in place, every toe trimmed and teeth cleaned.
"It's very time consuming. About six hours to get one ready for show," said dog owner Brenda Dennis.
The dog owners hoped it all pays off in the end. The Magnolia Christmas Classic Dog Show was the last chance to score points in the south eastern region before the end of the year.
"They're serious. This is it. Some of these people, this will determine whether they're #1 or #2 in their breed or #1 or #2 in the country," said Roxanne Hilsman.
The Magnolia Christmas Classic Dog Show runs through Sunday evening. A $2 donation is required to be a part of the howling good time.
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