Thanksgiving may be turkey themed at your house, but here it is definitely dogs, dogs and more dogs. Yes, we'll be roasting and feasting on the traditional bird and all the trimmings. Yes, the dogs will take up their best positions in the kitchen for catching any little bits that might come their way.
However, the big thing is... the National Dog Show! Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the National Dog Show is one of the oldest benched dog shows in the United States; it's been held since 1933. Dogs are judged in groups (ie: Toy, Herding, Non-Sporting, Terrier, Sporting, Hound, and Working) and a top dog will be named as Best in Show. Last year an Irish Setter, three year old Clooney of Washington State, won Best in Show; in 2009 a Scottish Terrier, Sadie, took home top honors.
The National Dog Show features over 3,000 dogs in 185 dog breeds. The 50 top contenders will be spotlighted on NBC-TV (MSNBC Sports - the National Dog Show) on Thursday, November 24 at noon in all time zones, following the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Last year we were thrilled to see the six new dog breeds that entered the ring: Boykin Spaniel, Leonberger, Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog, Bluetick Coonhound and Redbone Coonhound.
This year six additional dog breeds will join the competition: Norwegian Lundehund (called the "puffin dog" in Norway), Xoloitzcuintli (called the "show-low"), American English Coonhound, Cesky Terrier, Entlebucher Mountain Dog and Finnish Lapphund. Plus we always love John O'Hurley's running commentary during the show.
Just can't tear yourself away from that dining room table? Get that dvr set and ready, dog people!