- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Rescue dogs who overcame fear of crowds and other issues brought on by abuse are showing off at a Houston dog show.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1sBzMUd) that while these rescue dogs strutted their stuff at one end of an exhibit hall in Reliant Stadium, purebreds competed for Best in Show in the Houston World Series of Dog Shows.

Many of the dancing rescue dogs struggled just to appear before 40,000 visitors without becoming skittish or even aggressive.

Allison Culver says her dog, Petey, once would bite people out of fear. Culver says he now smiles and wags his tail.

Dogs at the show had to run through agility courses and catch Frisbees.

The show ended Sunday evening.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com