Labrador lusts over poodle at Scottsdale dog show

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ten-thousand dogs are descending on Scottsdale over the course of the Fiesta Cluster Dog Show this weekend.

Many are fresh off wins at Westminster.

"This show isn't crowded or cold. It's just wonderful," Paula Murray said. She showed at Westminster and is happy to be home in the Valley with her chihuahua.

The dogs range from the tiny toy breeds to Baxter, a 180-pound Irish Wolfhound walking around.

"He's still a puppy, just 19 months old," his owner, Dick Greaver of California, told 3TV.

Before events, handlers spend hours grooming their dogs.

"It takes eight hours and a can of hair spray," a poodle's handler said, "but she loves it."

In addition to the classic competitions, the new "Barn Hunt" event is attracting a lot of attention.

Dogs search through stacks of hay for rats, hidden in protective tubes.

"Everyone makes it out alive, and the rats mess with the dogs. Plus, if you go in the tube, you get a cookie, so they like it," Victoria Hall, an organizer, told 3TV.

The show is free and open to the public all weekend.

More information on hours, events and directions can be found at www.fiestacluster.com.