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7 things to know about The National Dog Show

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 1:33 PM

The National Dog Show - Fun Facts

The National Dog Show, one of the most anticipated dog shows in the nation, returns Nov. 18 and 19 in Philadelphia. Since 2002, television viewing of the National Dog Show has been a Thanksgiving tradition in homes across the nation. 

Presented by Purina and hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show features more than 150 American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds and varieties competing for Best of Breed, First in Group and the top-dog spot: Best in Show.
 
Here’s what you need to know about the show that celebrates man’s best friend.
 
1. You don’t have to go to Philadelphia to catch the show. 

There’s no need to book a trip to The National Dog Show: NBC’s top-rated broadcast of the show airs at noon Thanksgiving Day, immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The two-hour show features hosts John O’Hurley, Mary Carillo and David Frei and regularly reaches nearly 20 million dog-lovers in the comfort of their homes.
 
2. The show has been airing since 2002, but it’s been around for much longer than that.
 
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show has been in existence since 1879 with minimal interruptions. When NBC Sports began airing the show in 2002, it was rebranded as The National Dog Show. 
 
The show is one of only three major dog shows in the nation, ranked along with the AKC National Championship and the Westminster Dog Show.
 
3. There are seven groups of dogs.
 
There may be more than 2,000 dogs entered in the show, but when the coveted Best in Show competition takes place, you’ll only see seven dogs. These canines are the best of the best, representing seven groups and the characteristics and functions for which the breeds were originally intended: the Terrier Group, the Toy Group, the Working Group, the Sporting Group, the Hound Group, the Non-Sporting Group and the Herding Group.
 
4. There’s no new breed this year, but you can catch a glimpse of 2018’s new sanctioned breed during the show.
 
For the first time since 2006, no new breed has been added to The National Dog Show competition. But viewers don’t have to wait to find out if 2018 holds the same fate: the newly sanctioned bred for next year’s competition - the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje - will be a participant in the Miscellaneous Class at this year’s show.
 
A spaniel-type dog of Dutch descent, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje will join the Working Group in 2018.
 
5. It’s a benched show, and that’s kind of a big deal.
 
An untrained dog-show enthusiast may be wondering why a benched distinction makes a difference. Participating dogs are required to stay on assigned benches when not in competition, an awesome feat of discipline and character. 
 
The benching makes the canine competitors accessible to all on site and allows for interaction and provides an easy way to ask questions and share information. 

The National Dog Show is one of the oldest and few remaining benched shows in the United States.
  
6. The judges are picky, and rightly so.

Over the course of the show, judges will have seen hundreds of dogs. But what exactly are these discerning individuals looking to find?
 
The questions are tough: Is the dog able to perform the job the breed was originally bred to do? Does the dog have all of the physical characteristics typical of their breed? How fit is the dog? Does the dog have the correct gait? 
 
But wait, there’s more: Judges are also looking for happy dogs that enjoy the competition so each dog’s expression and general demeanor receives extra scrutiny.
 
7. Those long names may sound excessive, but there’s a good reason for them.
 
Gia, a greyhound, was 2016’s Best in Show, but her proper name is GCHS CH Grandcru Giaconda CGC. While it may seem a little crazy, there’s a method to the madness of the competitor naming. 

That long and hard-to-read name reads like a history lesson on the dog’s life. Components of the dog’s name can be pulled from many different places: the name of the kennel where the dog was born, notations about the dog’s qualifications or prizes and a part of the name that’s specific to the dog.

Kitten born with two faces dies

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 06, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

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File image of kittens.(Pixabay)

A kitten born with two faces has died.

Bettie Bee was born Dec. 12 in South Africa with a rare congenital condition called craniofacial duplication, The Dodo reported. The kitten was born with two noses, two mouths and three eyes. While Bettie Bee received special care and was initially thriving, she died 16 days after birth after developing pneumonia.

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While most cats born with two faces die shortly after birth like Bettie Bee, a few have beaten the odds over the years. Frank and Louie lived to be 15, making it the the longest surviving janus cat according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Couple finds dog six miles away after being missing for over a year

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:08 PM

An Atlanta dog, George, was reunited with his owners after being missing for nearly one and a half years.  (Photo by Julianne Green)
Julianne Green
An Atlanta dog, George, was reunited with his owners after being missing for nearly one and a half years. (Photo by Julianne Green)(Julianne Green)

George, a black shepherd-lab mix with a white chest and brindle paws, slipped his leash and took off during a walk with a dog sitter on Christmas 2015 in Atlanta.

Owners Julianne Green and Matt Furniss were informed of the news while visiting New York for the holidays. Devastated, they cut their trip short so they could begin searching. 

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Nearly 17 months later, they can finally stop. 

A microchip company called the couple last week to tell them George had been picked up in Atlanta’s Oakland City neighborhood — about six miles from their Reynoldstown neighborhood — and was scanned in at Fulton County Animal Services. 

They raced to the shelter. Green was expecting George to be sick, injured or aggressive. But then they saw him.

“He came right up to us and was so lovey and happy,” she said Tuesday. “And it was like he wasn’t gone for one and a half years.”

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Green and Furniss were thrilled, but so were hundreds of others. 

George had gained a following since the couple posted about his disappearance on Nextdoor in December 2015. Many missing-animal posts are on the online forum, but George was a special case. Neighbors helped put up flyers, checked in and posted any time there was a suspected sighting. 

Eventually, the sightings slowed. A naysayer on Nextdoor said the dog couldn’t have survived the winter and advised people to stop posting about him. The couple donated George’s belongings, but remained hopeful. 

Green thinks people became invested in George’s story because he went missing on Christmas and because he kept darting between neighborhoods. Despite the occasional sightings, the then-2-year-old dog was skittish and didn’t recognize his name being called. 

The couple — who adopted George from the Humane Society in Atlanta after a bad flood hit South Carolina — had only owned him for two months.

When Green shared the news that George had been found to Nextdoor, the post got more than 230 “thanks” and more than 100 comments in less than a week.

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Since his return, the couple has since found out their dog is heartworm positive, and have started a GoFundMe to raise money for George’s treatment. Over $1,000 has been raised toward its $3,000 goal.

“He has become a local celebrity,” the fundraising page says. “Chances are when we meet a new neighbor, they have already heard a piece of his journey.” 

The couple said they’re “eternally grateful” for the neighborhood’s support.

Any extra funds from the campaign will be donated to Fulton County Animal Services in George’s name.

Colorado officials rescue more than 80 tame rats left out in cold

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

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File image of pet rat.(Pixabay)

Colorado animal control officers received an unusual call from a concerned citizen Thursday: Dozens of tame, friendly rats were on the loose.

The Larimer Humane Society told the Reporter-Herald it received a second call about roaming domesticated rats Friday. That's when the Humane Society's animal protection and control team headed to Fort Collins to search for the rats in two designated nature areas.

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Part of the search-and-rescue effort was streamed live on Facebook. An official used peanut butter cookies his children made to lure the rats out, where they were captured in nets, according to the Larimer Humane Society. The rescue mission took approximately an hour, the Reporter-Herald noted.

With temperatures dipping into the single digits, rescuing the rats was a priority. Officials say the rodents appeared to be in good shape, other than being cold and hungry.

In all, more than 80 rats were rescued, officials say. It is believed the rats were owned and abandoned by the same person. The owner could face animal cruelty charges, a humane society spokesperson said. 

The rats will eventually be available for adoption, officials said. 

Driver arrested while rushing beloved dog to animal hospital

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 6:19 AM

Mass. Man Arrested For Speeding While Taking Injured Dog To Animal Hospital

Some people say they would do anything to protect their pets, but a Holliston, Massachusetts, man kept his promise to his dog – even if it meant getting arrested.

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Peter Rogaishio's Thursday started like any other, until his family's beloved Doberman, Thor, was run over by two vehicles.

"I heard a big bang and then a few seconds later I heard a howl that just made the hair on the back of my neck stand up," said Rogaishio. "He was lying on the street, so I dragged him off to the side of the street and called 911."

Holliston police tried to find a way to get Thor to an animal hospital, but the dog was still bleeding on the side of the road half an hour later. 

In a desperate attempt to save his pup's life, Rogaishio put Thor in the back seat of his car and rushed to the vet, even if that meant illegally passing other vehicles and speeding.

"I wasn't even thinking, I was just trying to get through the traffic safely," Rogaishio said.

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However, it didn't take long before a Natick police officer spotted Rogaishio's aggressive driving on West Central Street and chased him for more than a mile. 

Natick police then set up a roadblock on Hartford Street, making it clear they were on to Rogaishio.

With their guns drawn, police handcuffed Rogaishio and were ready to send him to jail when they saw Thor in the car.

"They finally looked in the truck and saw the dog. They jumped in and took the dog and then took me to jail," said Rogaishio.

The good news, however, is that Thor, despite his three broken legs, is expected to survive.

Rogaishio also has been released from jail.

He tells WFXT that, despite the craziness of it all, he did what he had to do.

"He's such a good dog, a loving dog. I would do anything to save him," said Rogaishio. "We got him at two months old and that's all we have. He's just a delight. He's a joy to my heart. He's my everything."

A neighbor and friend of the Rogaishios has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the animal hospital charges which you can help by clicking here.