Set your DVR for dogs, dogs, and more dogs on Thanksgiving Day

Daisy, one of the dogs to be featured on Fox's Cause for Paws All-Star Dog Spectacular.
Daisy, one of the dogs to be featured on Fox’s Cause for Paws All-Star Dog Spectacular.
What better reason to give thanks than for our dogs? Don’t forget to empty out some space in your DVR to record two big dog events on Thursday.

First up: at noon, NBC will air the National Dog Show from the Philadelphia Kennel Club, sponsored by Purina, which has a handy-dandy printable guide to the show on their website. Although the show was actually held November 15th and 16th, they’ve been keeping a pretty tight lid on the results until the broadcast. As usual, I’ll be live-blogging the event, so if you’re tied up cooking your turkey or watching football, you can stop by to check out the winners in each group and Best in Show.

Then, while you’re digesting your turkey and looking through the ads for Black Friday, tune in to Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at 8 pm. The event will be hosted by Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch (from Glee – one of my favorite actresses!). I will also be live-blogging to keep you up-to-date on this show. (I hope I get to fit in my turkey cooking and eating at some point!)

Presented in a telethon format, the event is co-sponsored by PetFinder, and hopes to match pet-seekers nationwide with adoptable dogs and cats. Funds raised will go to support participating animal rescue organizations. Other celebrities appearing will be Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Josh Duhamel, Kristen Bell, Fergie, Miranda Lambert, Paula Abdul, LeAnn Rimes, and Kesha. The Olate dogs, who wormed their way into our hearts and won $1 million on America’s Got Talent, are slated to perform. The show’s presenters hope to make this an annual event.

I have to tell you this because I just learned something new today. For the past five-and-a-half years, I have been writing a post on Sundays called “Shelter Sunday”, which features a dog from a rescue in need of adoption. I always pick the rescues and the dogs from PetFinder. So, I’ve been going to the PetFinder site weekly for more than five years. And I just found out today, that it is sponsored by / linked to / paid for / or whatever by Purina! I never knew it was an extension of their corporate online presence. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, just that I must be reasonably dense to have never figured that out before! (And the only reason I did so today is that I clicked on PetFinder’s press link to see what information I could find on the show, and was directed to the Purina corporate page.) Live and learn!

But I digress.

Don’t forget to set your DVR if you will be unable to watch either or both shows. And check back here to see if I have recovered from my dumb-foundedness and turkey stupor in time to live-blog both shows.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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