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Philly-Bound for the National Dog Show

Lights, camera, action!

In my last DFR I talked about how many of us are starting to count down to the end of the year, but what are these last few months without some big, exciting and even legendary shows?

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is broadcast at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Photo by Dan Sayers.

Despite all of my years in the world of purebred dogs, I am happy to say that I will finally be attending my first National Dog Show Presented by Purina hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia this weekend! I can barely count on my fingers how many times I have watched this show on TV, wondering what it would be like to be there in person. Now I have the chance to do just that.

It’s not often that I get to attend benched shows. In fact, the only other one I have been to is the Garden. Sadly, I’m sure I’m not the only one in this position because only six benched shows remain in the country.

I’m excited to see what’s in store in the benching area, not only so I can hopefully capture some interesting photographs, but also to see the public interested in dog shows, learning about all sorts of breeds from the exhibitors. What better place to learn and experience our sport?

A Cane Corso and handler being interviewed by a television crew at the 2010 National Dog Show. Photo by Dan Sayers.

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia show is one of the oldest dog shows in America. Its first show was held in 1879! What better place than Philadelphia for such an event?

Since hosting a major dog event in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia has been at the forefront of the purebred dog world!

So whether you’re able to attend the show this year or plan to watch the televised version on Thanksgiving Day, let’s all enjoy it and be thankful for being involved in such a great sport!

Just in case you forgot. . . Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"

2 Comments to “Philly-Bound for the National Dog Show”

  1. potrero alexia fino says:

    That’s Nina’s Daddy!

  2. Ryan H says:

    Safe travels to you…and I hope you have a great time! Let me know how the Philly Cheesesteaks are!

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