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Rescue Dog Steps Up To Agility Course, But His "Skills" Leave The Crowd Laughing

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Each year, the Crufts dog show judges crown one pet "Best in Show" out of dozens of purebred competitors.

Unlike human beauty contests, they don't hand out a congeniality award.

But if they did, a feisty four-year-old mixed breed named Kratu might walk away with this year's.

The rescue dog, who's full name is "Baron Kratu von Bearbum," became a viral sensation after running the contest's agility course in his own special way.

A Very Good Boy

Kratu's owner and trainer, Tessa Swan, says he was rescued from an abusive home as a puppy.

Since then, Swan has raised him to be an emotional support dog, and an ambassador for other rescued animals.

In fact, Kratu competed at Crufts this year to raise awareness for the charity that saved his life, Wood Green.

But his performance left something to be desired.

Watch the full video here.

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Going His Own Way

Kratu managed to impress the audience, but mainly because he came up with new and creative ways of using the obstacles.

When he somehow pulled a 180 degree turn inside the plastic tube, the announcer was flabbergasted.

"He couldn’t care less, could be?” he asked, as Kratu ran off the floor for the second time to greet volunteers on the sidelines.

Despite losing the competition, Swan is enjoying all the attention Kratu attracted, and says his silly antics are just like him.

"He's the reason I get up every day," she told the announcer.

But Kratu isn't the only dog who refused to follow the rules this year...

Nope!

Earlier the same day, a strong-willed Papillon simply refused to cooperate with his owner on the obstacle course.

After she tried her get her pet's head in the game, the incredibly named Tinklebury Bingo simply stood on the course, watching her like she was crazy.

Watch the full video here.

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But of course this isn't the first year dogs have refused to cooperate with their owners at the famous show.

Worst In Show

Olly the Jack Russell was so excited at last year's competition that he raced all over the course, ignoring most of the obstacles.

The speedy pooch actually made a triumphant return to the show this year. Too bad it seems like he didn't get any practice.

Of course, it could always be worse.

Some brave cat owners actually train their pets to run agility courses.

To be fair, they do a little better than Kratu. But that's not saying much.

Which of these feisty dogs was your favorite?

[H/T: The Dodo]

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