The American holiday of Thanksgiving may ostensibly be about celebrating family, the things we are grateful for, and the slaughtering of many thousands of giant idiot birds, but in reality it’s a day for appreciating the greatest event of the calendar: the United States National Dog Show.
Broadcast right after the Macy’s Day Parade (another inscrutable Yank tradition), the puppo show is a joyous jubilee of all things pooch, attracting the best, most pampered pedigrees from across the nation. While I personally have never been, I have seen the movie Best In Show, so I feel pretty confident that I know exactly what it’s like.
Aside from the incredible, adorable, extremely Ewok-like winner of this year’s Best Dog award, the number one National Dog Show-related treat is the many, many dogs who just love watching their brethren strut their stuff on TV.
Please observe these very supportive, very good puppers.
My younger Golden Retriever, Frank, has strategically placed himself on the couch to be able to watch @TheNatlDogShow. #NationalDogShow pic.twitter.com/IesSnklPeE— Alicia Hansen (@aliciamhansen) November 23, 2017
ME: Oh, boy! Time to watch football.— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) November 23, 2017
DARLA: I wanna watch the dog show.
ME: No, it's football time!
DARLA: WAAAHHH!!! I WANNA WATCH THE DOG SHOW!!!
ME: Oh, alright. Sheesh. #NationalDogShow pic.twitter.com/MGcZ3pXvdD
Thankful to be watching the #NationalDogShow with my best bud. She fits into this group as a chair terrier. #DogThanking @Purina pic.twitter.com/rpUyc8gE3p— Erica Mascio (@erica_mascio) November 23, 2017
My dog has been watching The National Dog Show… #DogThanking pic.twitter.com/2ZbfincIz6— Michele (@MimiC1019) November 23, 2017
My puppies watching #NationalDogShow #DM3family pic.twitter.com/hLnyHbShXA— Kelly Daniel (@KellitoCT) November 23, 2017
Watching the National Dog Show. One Vizsla is a show dog, the other just a show-off dog with a peanut butter jar. pic.twitter.com/ybaqIhmjeZ— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) November 23, 2017
Piper is wondering when she can be on tv too #NationalDogShow pic.twitter.com/M78Zpq2FJk— Donna ???? (@dhansen411) November 23, 2017
The Whippet won the Hound category in #NationalDogShow and Wiggles was on edge… pic.twitter.com/wLYD2RZoNJ— Darby (@Imworthwhile) November 23, 2017
“Where’s the lab!?” Either way, Otto is enjoying the #NationalDogShow ❤️???????? pic.twitter.com/mfO2spIWb8— Heather Prusak (@haprusak) November 23, 2017
good afternoon please enjoy this video of ollie watching the #nationaldogshow pic.twitter.com/JA8SmqWSjk— Mallorie Sullivan ✨ (@malloriesullivn) November 23, 2017
Somebody is enjoying the National Dog Show on @nbc #DogThanking pic.twitter.com/ZRPYJD5wgH— Scott Pugh (@SPugger77) November 23, 2017
Dogs watching dogs be the best dogs they can be: now that’s a tradition I can get behind.
The #MacysDayParade is great and all, but the #NationalDogShow is the real winner of #Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/StdPIYdGSu— Savannah Brock (@savannahmbrock) November 23, 2017