by REINA ARISTA
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Shows were on November 14 and 15 from 8:30am to 5 p.m at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks and sponsored by the famous petcare company, Purina. This event was broadcasted nationwide on Thanksgiving Day by NBC and hosted by actor John O’Hurley. More than 1,700 dogs competed in various categories, in addition and for the first time this year, the competition will be adding the breeds Bergamasco, Spanish Water Dog, Miniature American Shepherd, Lagotto Romagnolo, Berger Picard, Cirneco dell’Etna, and Boerboel, including these breeds is a total of 40 new breeds. The Dogs will be judged in – Best of Breed, Best of Group, Ultimate award, Best In Show. The American Kennel Club, will donate money to the University Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, for canine research on new diseases.
During the show children were given the opportunity interact with the caine competitors and to see how they prepare for the show. At Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in hall D, Metro Kids Family Fun Zone had been set up with face painting, caricatures, and many more family entertainment events.
A four-and-half-year-old Skye Terrier named Good Time Charlie won the “Best in Show” title, taking home $4,000, a huge trophy, and capturing the audience’s hearts. David Frei, the show’s host told People magazine, “Not only a great Skye terrier and a great show dog, but Charlie is fun for everyone. He makes us all smile as we look at those big ears, his beautiful coat, his long and low shape and his happy personality.”