Each of the McKarnin familys five dogs has a distinct personality.
Theres Lilly, a rat terrier mix who chose Brandon McKarnin, age 13, as her favorite human when he was 5. Brandons grandmother rescued Lilly when she was a puppy and was found in a Walmart parking lot. Lilly bonded with Brandon, who started inviting her over for sleepovers that got longer and longer over time.
Lilly and Brandon made it to the run-offs for the finals of the dog showmanship competition at the Kansas State Fair two years ago. They fell short because Lilly was tired; Brandon takes the blame for that because he made her sit all day instead of letting her lie down. She retired from showing last year, at age 10.