If I had 1 million complaints about this planet, “too many dog shows” would not be one of them. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that “not enough dog shows” would be near the top of my list. But at the risk of sounding spoiled in this Thanksgiving season, I can simply be gracious that we not only have the annual Westminster Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, but also the National Dog Show, which took place last Saturday in Philadelphia. Complaint No. 2 would be that it takes NBC almost an entire week to air this thing.
This year’s big winner was GCH CH Steele Your Heart, a wire fox terrier that took the title of Best in Show. Other group winners included a Dalmation, Whippet, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Australian Shepherd, as well as my dog, who won the coveted title of Grand Eater of Mashed Potatoes Dropped on the Floor.