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.

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WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:39 AM

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An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral.

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According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider.

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The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times.

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Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 2:46 PM

Raccoon Goes Viral After Scaling Skyscraper

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building.

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities.

The company shared a short video of the raccoon’s release. It darted away from rescuers after only a small amount of prodding.

Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 13: Officials said they plan to release the raccoon "somewhere safe" after it was lured into a trap baited with cat food on Wednesday morning at the top of St. Paul’s UBS Tower, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tad Vezner reported.

 

Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that the climbing raccoon had been caught after spending hours scaling UBS Tower.

 

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT June 13: The raccoon was trapped by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson. Earlier Wednesday, Nelson reported that animal control officers had placed cat food in a trap at the top of the 25-story UBS Tower in an attempt to catch the critter.

 

A representative of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm, situated on the top floor of the high-rise, wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter that building management said the raccoon was “safely in a cage.”

 

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Original report: According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon's harrowing journey began after it got stuck on a ledge of St. Paul's Town Square building. After maintenance workers tried to rescue the frightened critter, it ran to the roof, fled to the neighboring UBS Tower and started climbing. 

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The raccoon slowly made its way up the building Tuesday, taking occasional nap breaks on ledges. It eventually reached the 23rd floor, reported MPR's Tim Nelson, who documented the animal's trek with the now-trending hashtag #mprraccoon. 

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Late Tuesday, the raccoon began to descend the building, taking a breather at a 17th-floor ledge. But it shifted course again early Wednesday, climbing until it reached the roof about 3:30 a.m. EDT.

Although many concerned onlookers had called for help, city officials said saving the animal could be risky for rescuers and the raccoon, which could get scared and fall, according to the Pioneer Press. Instead, animal control workers placed a food trap on the roof, a city Department of Safety & Inspections spokeswoman told the newspaper.

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Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported.

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Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 5:35 AM

Game Warden Performs Emergency C-Section, Saves Fawn

An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123.

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According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside.

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Walker performed a Caesarean section on the doe and got the fawn out within seconds. It was taken to a rehabilitator in Osage County. 

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Quick Action Saves Fawn A happy ending to a sad story. Late last night in Osage Co., a doe had given birth to a fawn...

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WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 3:27 AM

File photo of ducklings with their mother. A Tennessee woman has gone viral after she saved ducklings from a storm drain in downtown Memphis.
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File photo of ducklings with their mother. A Tennessee woman has gone viral after she saved ducklings from a storm drain in downtown Memphis.(PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay.com)

A Tennessee woman has gone viral for all the right reasons.

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Shara Fenell told WHBQ that she was walking in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day near the Peabody Hotel when she heard a noise. She said she wasn't sure what the noise was at first or where it was coming from, until she looked in a storm drain.

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When Fenell looked down, she saw about eight ducklings. She and her friend noticed the mother duck walking around the drain trying to do something.

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What Fenell decided to do next made her go viral.

She jumped into the drain and saved the ducklings. She lifted them one by one to a good Samaritan.

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Fenell told WHBQ that she made sure the ducklings and their mother crossed the street safely.

Great work, Shara Fenell!

>> See her Facebook post here

It's been a while since I left the house and when I did....... This Happened! #MemorialDay #MemorialDayShenanigans #DuckLivesMatter #PeabodyDucks #2018ImComingForYou #SharasChronicles #FitChic

Posted by Shara Fenell on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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