Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means turkey, stuffing and the National Dog Show presented by Purina. In its 20th year, this holiday tradition is airing again on NBC after Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The field includes more than 2,000 dogs representing 200 breeds vying for the “Best in Show”. This year, the American Kennel Club is adding another type of puppy to the furry fray with the introduction of the Biewer Terrier.
Among the loyal viewers who will be tuning in is dog lover Busy Philipps, who will most likely have the family’s Goldendoodle, Gina Linetti, nearby. the Girls5eva The star was even joined by the beloved pet as she talked about being a true National Dog Show enthusiast.
Tell me about your connection to this dog show.
Phillips busy: First off, I’m a big fan of the National Dog Show. I have been for years. I’ve been watching it for 20 years. I’m super excited because I have my very own “Best in Show” very sleepy pup next to me right now. Gina. She is my baby. This year’s show is going to be really special because it’s going to be the same thing we love. They are introducing a new breed this year called the Biewer Terrier. Who knows what it is? Does he look like a beaver? May be. It’s fun. We are going to celebrate memories, incredible competitors. And the impact they had on us in the ring trotting around and on our couches lying next to us.
Your family had Gina last year, right?
We have a pandemic puppy. The dog has been everything to us like so many people. We have always been a pet-friendly family, but we didn’t have a dog. We watched the National Dog Show even though we didn’t have a dog. True story, my roommate Emily and I, when we were in our twenties, couldn’t have a dog in our apartment. We loved the National Dog Show so much that we once went to a National Dog Show Expo in Long Beach to see the dogs.
I’m really into it. I love the movie Christopher Guest Best in Show. I just think they are so cool. I love watching them because you learn so much about the breeds. We got Gina just before closing, so she’s basically a pandemic pup. She just brought us so much comfort, joy, love and companionship and has given us plenty of reasons to be silly and laugh in our house for the past two years now. We are so grateful to have her in our lives.
Did the children learn more responsibility by taking care of Gina?
Children love to play with Gina, that’s for sure. Then I do everything else. It’s like that. Moms always do everything for the dogs. It’s so funny. I had a dog growing up, Harrison, who I thought was my dog. It wasn’t until our family had Gina that I realized Harrison was my mom’s dog the whole time.
Is there a particular category in the show that you like the most?
I love “Best in Show”. I never chose it correctly. I never understood what breed, what dog in competition would be “Best in Show”. I’m glad they have the reviewers and experts explaining what they judge these dogs on because they all look great to me. I like fluffier dogs, I will say. I don’t like hard hair. I know… the controversy. I love the small breed. Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu, Maltese. Lots of fur. The ones that are really neat and have those long, flowing locks. I love watching these little guys trotting. They always make me laugh.
With the holidays approaching, how does Gina take things into account?
Listen, Gina is getting a stocking for Christmas. Santa Claus comes to get Gina. We are really including Gina at Christmas. Gina gives gifts to everyone in the family. She really loves vacations. She’s a really good kid. Even if we don’t give it anything special. She just has her dog food. I’m not one of those people who feed their dog at the table, especially in New York where you see people in restaurants all the time with dogs eating at the table all the time. I’m like, “Guys, what’s going on here?” She’s a person to me, but there’s a line I won’t cross.
National Dog Show presented by Purina, Nov. 25, 12 p.m. all time zones, NBC