Disclosure-This post is sponsored by Purina. All opinions expressed here are my own.
We have our Thanksgiving Traditions.
First we eat a big breakfast.
Then we prepare and stuff the bird.
When the bird is stuffed and in the oven, we tune in to watch John O’Hurley and David Frei host the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.
The smell of turkey roasting in the oven and a dog show on T.V.
It’s a perfect afternoon for this girl.
Right around when the working group is up, the group that I REALLY want to see, is usually when Leroy steals a loaf of bread off the counter or decides that he has to go outside at that very second and he can’t wait.
“Leroy. Just sit down and watch the working dogs show and relive your doghood.” Is what I usually tell him.
“Been there, done that. Now I just want to go outside and eat mud.” Is what I imagine that his response would be if he could talk.
This November, Purina wants to continue their Thanksgiving tradition by thanking the dogs in our families who make our lives so special, and help raise funds for hurricane relief while doing it.
In celebration of Thanksgiving and the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, Purina is inviting pet owners across the U.S. to share what makes their pet the best by posting a picture or video using the hashtag #DogThanking and tagging @Purina.
For every unique post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes @Purina and #DogThanking, Purina will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to GreaterGood.org, an organization which helps provide relief for people and pets in areas affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters, including Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.
GreaterGood.org will use the funds raised from the #DogThanking initiative to continue working with its many partners to support the logistics of delivering high-quality food and supplies to pets affected by recent natural disasters.
“Over the past couple months, in conjunction with amazing partners like Purina that have donated both product and funds, we’ve been able to do so much to help people and pets affected by these terrible storms,” said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. “But, our mission is far from complete—more help is needed. The #DogThanking initiative is a simple way pet lovers can get involved and celebrate their own pets, while helping to make a difference across the country.”
So far in 2017, Purina has donated nearly $60,000 to GreaterGood.org to support victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters, and more than 350,000 pounds of pet food to support pets in the affected areas.
This is where I should say that it’s super easy to share why your dog is the best but it’s actually kind of hard to narrow it down to one thing. I mean we all have the best dogs for a thousand reasons, right?
While I could say that my dog is the best because he interrupts the National Dog Show every year, I’ll come up with something a little less salty.
Leroy is the best dog because he’s the warmest snuggler in the house. When he sits like this on the couch in our front room staring out the window, there’s nothing better that I like to do then to nestle my body right next to him and bury my head in the middle of his soft, fluffy chest. When he rests his head on my shoulder, that’s around the time I start to melt.
Sherman’s the best dog because not only does he make me smile, but he makes people smile across the world. There use to be a time where I wanted to keep Sherman all to myself but over the years he showed me that he’s just too special to do that.
This year, Andy Cohen and his beagle fox-hound mix, Wacha, are helping to kick off this year’s #DogThanking initiative.
“Pets truly enrich and awaken our hearts in many different ways, so it’s important to celebrate what makes each one the best,” said Cohen, host & executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.”
Now it’s your turn. Please join us and share why your dog is the best and help Purina raise money to provide relief for people and pets in areas affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters, including Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico..
The 16th annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina will premiere on Thanksgiving Day on NBC at noon in all time zones. Watched by more than 20 million viewers annually, the show will bring canine competition and entertainment to America’s viewers and crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2017 champion. More than 2,000 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors.
NBC will present an encore of this year’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Saturday, Nov. 25 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).