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Old 10-12-2007, 10:50 PM   #1

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Dancing with the dogs

Dancing dogs a big hit at fair

Pups and their partners show they can cut a rug

12:19 PM CDT on Friday, October 12, 2007

By KATIE MENZER / The Dallas Morning News

They're faster than Emmitt Smith.
Filé, a 6-year-old border collie mix, is perfectly content to let "T.C." Cappel of Garland take the lead when they perform their mini conga.

As energetic as Apolo Ohno.
And, if you can believe it, hairier than Mark Cuban.
The canine stars of the State Fair's "Dancing with the Dogs" show might not be as famous as the TV celebrities on Dancing with the Stars, but their egos are just as big.
These dogs believe they're the cat's pajamas.
"The dogs love the applause. When they hear people whoop and holler, they get turned on," said Verjean Lunenschloss, a dog trainer and master of ceremonies for the show in which dogs and their owners pair up to trip the lights fantastic.
"Sometimes that's not good because it can really turn them into hambones."
The show's core troupe – 13 dogs and three human partners – perform choreographed routines of tricks to music, including C&W, classical and hip-hop, at the State Fair of Texas three times a day. The dogs wear elaborate attire – sparkly bandannas, bow ties and fluffy leis – but only around their furry necks.
The human dancers, thank goodness, are in full costume.
"The dogs are the stars of the show, and we're just their dance partners," said Pam Martin, who also owns Top Dog Obedience Training in Garland. "I think of it like ballroom dancing. The man leads, but it's the woman that everyone watches and follows. We're the leads."
The three human partners are all professional dog trainers, but the dogs are their own pets.
That closeness between the partners is necessary for teaching the routines, but it sometimes comes back to bite the owner.
When performer Melissa Dailey of Carrollton was designing a dance routine with a workout theme for her dog Remi, she had planned to use light dumbbells as props.

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i loved heal work to music or dancing dogs i competed with lyric and really miss our dancing sessions i am now trying to work out whqat to do withfaith dancing agility or schutzhund but sadly i think she is showing more for the latter two than dancing
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Reminds me of a dog that I saw on Youtube, about a Border Collie named Ginger, BOY could that dog dance! It was pretty neat. Thank k9, for the link!

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