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October 30, 2013

Canines flaunt fabulous fur at dog show


The four legged contestants of the upcoming Sooner Circuit Dog Show have been groomed and trained to show the qualities of their breed. 

However, there is one event in which contestants can let their fur down and just be dogs. 

The Coursing Ability Test (CAT) does not require any training and any breed can enter, Shari Mason said, unlike lure coursing, which is limited to a few breeds. 

According to the American Kennel Club, the Coursing Ability Test is an introductory event fashioned after the sport, lure coursing. 

A machine pulls a cord attached to a piece of white plastic, which the dogs chase. The dogs are judged based on speed and agility on a pass or fail basis. 

"They are not trained to do it," Mason said. "They just do it." 

The Coursing Ability Test will be taking place alongside many other events at the dog show. 

The event is an opportunity for Chickasha to come out and see a huge variety of breeds. The show also attracts a variety of contestants, who come from around the country to attend the Sooner Circuit Dog Show. 

In addition to ribbons and rosettes, the Best in Show will scamper away with a total of $300. 

Besides the showing of a number of breeds, other attractions include a German Shepherd Specialty and a Dachsund Speciality. 

The dog show is also an opportunity to cross a few pooches off one's Christmas shopping list. Vendors will be at the event selling dog related items, Mason said. 

The Sooner Circuit Dog Show will take place at the Grady County Fairgrounds on Nov. 14 through Nov. 17. The event is free and open to the public.

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