|Thanksgiving Day Traditions: Family, Football and Man’s Best Friend
By Wayne Ferguson
Welcome to another Thanksgiving Day Tradition!
The 137th Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show and the 12th National Dog Show went off beautifully. We had an entry of 1580 dogs of 179 breeds. The large spectator attendance of 10,000 adults and children were present to enjoy the event. With a record number of vendors (54), the Christmas shopping was in full swing.
The show was capped off by the magnificent American Fox Hound. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box going Best In Show. At the Judges Dinner following the show Judge Randy Garren, who judged Best told me that he never saw her look better.
It is estimated that 24 million viewers will tune in on Thanksgiving Day to watch this wonderful tradition and I am so lucky to be part of it every year. more
Pilgrims and Dogs Land 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. When they set sail again for a point farther south, the treacherous waters they encountered when they neared the shoreline forced a landing at Cape Cod, Mass., rather than Virginia, where they had originally intended to embark. The ship had left Plymouth, England, with 102 souls aboard, but two died during the crossing.
From November 1620, when the Mayflower landed, until November 1621, two of its passengers, William Bradford and Edward Winslow, kept a journal of the party’s activities, beginning with their departure from England up to the first Thanksgiving the following winter. The journal, entitled “Mourt’s Relation,” was published in London in 1622, and includes accounts of two dogs that arrived in the New World with one John Goodman. more