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THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW

Hosting the National Dog Show

Hosting the National Dog Show on NBC

We are proud to be covering the National Dog Show hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia that will be televised on NBC on Thanksgiving Day. We will be bringing you weekly updates on the show, interviews with those involved, dog breed updates and more fun family friendly entertainment surrounding the event. Check this page for the latest press releases and info. each week and don’t forget to listen to the show for our weekly update leading up to the show!

Thanksgiving Day on NBC

Thanksgiving Day on NBC

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, debuted in 2002 as one of the year’s most successful network television specials, prompting NBC to commit long-term to the Thanksgiving Day time slot following the Macy’s Parade.  A huge ratings success over the past six years with a total annual audience approaching 20 million, it is by far the most widely-viewed single telecast of a dog show in television history.

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 Our Visit to the 2009 National Dog Show!

Butch had to stay home

Butch had to stay home

Needless to say the National Dog Show at the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA. was a great time. Last year when the show was in Reading PA. was the first time that we had attended and it was FREEZING cold. We even experienced a white out on the PA turnpike on the way. This year though it was smooth sailing the entire way! We had dry roads moderate temperature and just a little rain after dark. Butch was not too pleased to find out that he was not coming along and was his usual cheerful self when he found out that he would have to stay with his mom Buttons and his pesky little brother Bosco! Anyway, the drive was about six hours one way from our NE Ohio location to King of Prussia PA where we stayed the night before the show. Knowing that the National Dog Show has found a home for the next few years, it was important to get to know our way around so we did not rush. It was straight to the hotel and then straight to the venue the next morning. There are plenty of places to stay and a wide range of restaurants in the area, so it made for a less stressful trip not having to “search” for everything. I did have a GPS with me so that made it a little easier but the Expo Center is only a 10 minute drive from the Hotel of Choice on this trip. I chose the Best Western in King of Prussia. It was relatively new so it was nice, although there was still a lot of construction going on.

Barb, Jeff, and Rufus "The King!"

Barb, Jeff, and Rufus "The King!"

One of the first things we did was check into the Press Room where I promptly met Steve Griffith from the Vision Group who I have been working with to bring you the great guests that we have booking on the show! Steve is a great guy and was very helpful to get us in the right place at the right time for each event that was scheduled. One of the first people we spoke to when entering the massive floor area was Barb Bishop, the owner of Rufus the Colored Bull terrier. Barb was on our show and was so gracious to talk to us about Rufus and his fantastic career along with some of the things he is now doing as a Therapy Dog. They had recently made a visit to the Ronald McDonald House with David Frei to see the children and Barb spoke to us a bit about that. Of course I had to get a photo op with Barb and Rufus “the King”…he is like the Elvis of show dogs! More to Come!!! 

 

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 THREE NEW BREEDS MAKE THEIR DEBUT AT THE 2009 NATIONAL DOG SHOW!

The Irish Red & White Setter

The Irish Red & White Setter

 

AKC MEET THE BREEDS: Irish Red and White Setter

Despite its name, the Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish Setter. Bred primarily for the field, they should be strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. The coat’s base color is white with solid red patches…more

 

 

The Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund

 

AKC MEET THE BREEDS®: Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund belongs to a large class of dogs called the Spitz type. Bred as an energetic working dog, Buhunds herd livestock and guard home and family. Today, they are also trained to aid the hearing impaired, perform some types of police work, and perform in obedience and agility trials. Their thick coat is wheaten (pale cream to bright orange) or black in color…more

 

 

 

The Pyrenean Shepherd

The Pyrenean Shepherd

 

 

 

AKC MEET THE BREEDS®: Pyrenean Shepherd

The Pyrenean Shepherd or “Pyr Shep” has herded sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France for centuries. The breed comes in two coat types,  Rough-Faced and Smooth-Faced. Colors include shades of fawn from tan to copper, as well as charcoal to silver to pearl grey. Although tentative with strangers, the Pyrenean Shepherd has a very lively, cheerful disposition, and is a superb canine athlete who excels at agility and other dog sports…more

 

 

Although these breeds are not “NEW” in the world, they have recently met the rigorous standards of the AKC to become recognized breeds and now eligible to participate in the prestigious 2009 National Dog Show! Be sure to click the links on the pictures and learn more about these and find your favorite breed of dog on the AKC Site that will be in the show! Stay tuned to My Buddy Butch every week for the latest updates on the National Dog Show!

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