MONROE -- No cheek was safe and no hair went unbrushed as the race for Top Dog was run at the Monroe Civic Center.
Over the past weekend, the 41st Annual Cottonland Cluster of Dog Shows brought in more than 100 breeds of more than 1,000 dogs to Monroe and with them handlers who spent countless hours training them.
"Just asking them if they want a cookie and watching," Dallas, TX Handler Hope McQueen said, demonstrating a concentration test on her Australian Shepherd, 'Emerson.' "See? It works."
Not to mention the time it takes to groom them.
"Two-and-a-half hours for him and then two-and-a-half hours for the other puppy," Foley, Alabama Handler, Catherine Garretson, said of her Shih Tzu, 'Uno.'
While these dogs compete for the ultimate treat, they're throwing a bone to Monroe's economy, with hundreds of handlers and trainers stopping and staying.
"They stay in motels, they buy gasoline, they go out to eat," President of the Vicksburg Kennel Club, Jeanne Marcovitz, said. "People that have been coming to our show for years have favorite places here to go eat and they always ask us: "'Are they still open? Are they there?'"
"We stay in a motel and we also eat out and go around and see the various sights," Garretson said. "We like to see what the town is about."
All proceeds from this show are going to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's K9 Unit.
In the past, this show has raised more than $200,000 for charities across the Twin Cities.
"We have a lot of fun here in Monroe and we appreciate the club putting on the show," said McQueen.
In that spirit, it goes to show that Monroe, just like every dog, can have its day.
Money raised from dog shows of the past have gone to scholarships for ULM, donations to humane socities and other police K9 units.
The City of Monroe hopes the money raised this time around gets put to good use.