San Antonio Express-News reports that the dogs at the River City Cluster of Dog Shows flaunted their primped coats to more than just judges Friday when a team of Girl Scouts toured the event.
The scouts petted any dog allowed. From a pair of fluffy golden retrievers to a wrinkly shar-pei, the girls clustered around each of them, hands outstretched for petting, while the dog's owner talked about the breed.
“It was really soft and cute,” said Katie Schilling-Ramirez, 10, of San Antonio, after holding a papillon, a type of spaniel.
Schilling-Ramirez is one of more than 20 members of the Girl Scouts Southwest Texas public relations team invited to enjoy the event and represent the scouts. The entire team has about 115 girls from troops around the state, ranging from fifth-graders to high school seniors.
As the girls walked between show arenas and wiggled around dogs on leashes, the owners had the chance to brag about their stars.
“There's not another breed like this, to me,” said owner Kathy Nusz of her two Chinese crested dogs, Lola and EZ. “They're clowns.”
She said Lola is already a grand champion and that EZ is “working on it.”
Long-haired Irish setter William was a particular hit with the girls, who showered him with caresses while breeder Karen Bishop, 52, talked about his talents.
Aside from petting and seeing a variety of dogs, the best part was learning about the work it takes to groom and prep each dog, said San Antonio scout Lauren Broderick, 17.
“There's a lot more things that go behind the scenes,” she said.