It's another dog show for handler Brianne Major. "If you don't love it, it's not for you. This is definitely a sport of passion," said Major.
Nearly 700 participants pawed up for the Rapid City Kennel Club's annual 3-day dog show. "I love it, I mean I love it. It's just a great group of people. I mean this whole area, the Colorado/Dakotas area, just a lot of nice people. Really fun," said Major.
Judi Bendt, show chair, says 10 judges are in charge of awarding titles like 'Best in Breed, 'Best in Group', and 'Best in Show'. "The judges are judging for breed standard. Each breed has its own standard and we are judging for that standard," said Bendt.
Which means each dog is supposed to look a certain way. But judges also make sure the dog can do what it was made to do. "Let's look at a German Shepherd. Could it run? Could it herd sheep all day long? Or would it be too fat and clunky and wear out?," Bendt laughed.
Which means - like their furry friends - judges have a lot to remember. "The studying and the seminars and the specialties that you have to go through, it takes a long time," said Bendt.
With grooming, running, and some good ol' kisses, the dogs of the Rapid City Kennel Club show had a barking good time along with their handlers. "Everybody's been really pleased, it's been a really pleasant show, everyone is having a good time," said Bendt.
And that includes Major. "I get paid to be challenged every day and to play with dogs, really, I mean it's a challenge and it's something that - you're never bored," said Major.
The Rapid City Kennel Club has held more than 50 shows.