Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thanksgiving is a big holiday here in the United States. It began when the Pilgrims and Indians gathered together for supper one day. What I love about the holiday is that it's a time to reflect and appreciate what we are thankful for in life. It's also a great time to spend with family and friends.
We have many traditions for this holiday. Thanksgiving dinner is one of a kind.
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is something that all people love to see. I've only seen it on TV but can imagine what it's like to see it in person. Another new tradition is starting to form for dog fans. That's the National Dog Show.
The National Dog Show has been running for eight years, since 2002. It is hosted by John O'Hurley. Some of you may know him from Seinfeld, others may have watched him perform in the first season of Dancing with The Stars. He has also written two books, the New York Times bestseller “It’s Okay to Miss The Bed On the First Jump” and “Before The Dog Can Eat Your Homework First You Have To Do It: Life Lessons From A Wise Old Dog To A Young Boy.” For those of you who have no idea of who he is, all I can say is he's a great person to host this show because he has quite a lively personality and is a funny guy too.
The dog show has seven dog groups: Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy and Working. The herding group is for sheep dogs like the Collie and Australian Shephard. The Hound dog category are for hound dogs like the Bassett Hound and Greyhound. Non-Sporting dogs are ones that don't fit into a particular category like the Bichon Frise, Dalmation and the Chow Chow.
Sporting dogs like the Cocker Spaniel and the Irish Setter are active dogs. Some in that group are popular for to be used for hunting purposes. The Terrier group is pretty self-explanatory. Examples of dogs in that group are the Scottish Terrier and the Norwich Terrier. Lastly, the Toy dog group are small dogs that are bred just for companionship like the Chihuahua, Pug and Maltese.
This show is sponsored by Purina and takes place in Philadelphia. The proceeds from the show will help raise money for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. It's become a huge event for the city of Philadelphia and looks like it will be an event that will become bigger and brighter in years to come. You will be able to see it on NBC at 12pm E.S.T./11am C.S.T.
If you would like to learn more about this event, please visit the National Dog Show website.
So my question to you all is what are you most thankful for? I am thankful for so many things in life, most notably, my family, friends, dogs, cat, good health and especially to you, my readers. I hope that you all have a great holiday. Thanks for stopping in.