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November 22, 2012 Subscribe

Dogs in Your Living Room and Aboard the Mayflower

Today’s Thanksgiving Day broadcast of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, was merely an idea at NBC Sports just 10 years ago. This year’s broadcast, scheduled from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones, is expected to draw nearly 20 million dog-loving viewers and provide enormous exposure for purebred dogs. Editor Susan Chaney examines how this highly rated television event has become a family holiday tradition for so many.

Senior Editor Christi McDonald shares a dog-gone good Thanksgiving Day story about a pair of purebreds that sailed from England on board the Mayflower. The historical record indicates that two dogs belonging to John Goodman came to the New World with the Pilgrims who settled the Plymouth Colony. Find out about the Mastiff and Spaniel that were possibly the first of their kind to set foot in North America.

Dog Show Results and Best In Show Daily staff photos from the National Dog Show and each of the events held last weekend in Pennsylvania can be viewed directly from our home page, or by clicking on “Show Albums” below our masthead, and then selecting “Current Shows.”

Everyone at Best In Show Daily wishes you and your two- and four-legged families a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief



Pilgrims and Dogs in the New World
By Christi McDonald

When the Mayflower landed on the rocky coast of New England in the winter of 1620, the 100 people aboard had survived a storm at sea, which blew them off course and precipitated an initial landing at what is now Newfoundland, Canada. There they took on fresh supplies and water. more

The National Dog Show in Your Living Room
By Susan Chaney

What once was called a “crazy idea” is now most likely a Thanksgiving Day tradition in your house. It’s called the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.But just 10 years ago, the brass at NBC barely thought it viable as a holiday broadcasting option. In fact, one executive said, “We’re not going to do a dog show.” more


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