More than 1,000 dogs and their owners and/or handlers turned out for this year's Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel dog show.
The Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds went to the dogs this weekend, with hundreds of participants competing for best-of-breed and other honors at the annual show.
"People hoot and holler and get all excited -- they hope it will influence the judge," said Doug Taylor, show chairman for the Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial and Puppy Spectacular.
There were 1,043 dogs of every shape, size and color entered in this year's show, Taylor said.
That's nearly double the 600 or so dogs that were entered about five years ago.
"We've increased our entries significantly," he said. "Our main draw is from Kansas and Missouri, but this year we have 36 states and one territory (represented)."
Many of the human participants, such as Pat Willer, Sulphur, La., are professional trainers who attend several dozen dog shows a year.
"I like shows that are this size," he said. "There are a good number of people " but it's not overwhelming, like New York."
Willer was showing his dog, "Ulysses," a 5-year-old basset hound which he said is ranked second in the country.
Dogs that are entered in such shows receive a certain number of points, depending on how well they do, Taylor said.
"There are some magazines -- that's all they do is keep totals on the points and where these dogs rank nationally," he said.
Jane Tusten, a teacher at Schwegler School in Lawrence, said she's been entering dogs in the show about 30 years.
"It's a great place to meet a lot of different people," she said. "It's really a nice hobby to be involved in."
The dogs compete in breed categories, and are judged based on appearance and demeanor, Taylor said. Dogs also compete in one of seven group categories -- herding, hound, non-sporting, sporting, terrier, toy and working.
The winners of each group then compete for the best-of-show.
John Evans, a bakery manager at a local grocery store, said he came to the show to watch the various breeds of dogs and their human counterparts.
"It's a lot of fun seeing the different dogs and seeing how people handle them," he said. "It's really cute and really different."
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