Wednesday, November 21, 2012

No bones about it

Dog show has become a Turkey Day tradition

Express Staff Writer

The Russell Terrier, and the Treeing Walker Coonhound, above, are new breeds that will debut at this year’s “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina.” Promoted by a Ketchum firm, the dog show’s program seen on C1, is designed by local artist Karen Waters. Courtesy photo Carson International

    Every Thanksgiving, people establish traditions for their families. For the Carson family of Ketchum, it’s gone to the dogs.
    Carson International has long been a partner with NBC to produce “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” which has become a pastime for many families on Thanksgiving Day when it airs just after the Macy’s Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 22, at noon.
    There are 1,500 dogs vying for Best in Show, with two new breeds being introduced this year, the treeing Walker coonhound and the Russell terrier. The event not only showcases new and amazing dogs but is a platform for information on various breeds. No other dog show has as high a viewership. Established in 1879, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious shows in the country.
    Carson International uses many local businesses to prepare for the show:  Karen Waters created original artwork for the official program, and Davis Embroidery, Express Printing, Business as Usual, Bird Gallery and the UPS Store all played a part as well.
    “We’ve done a ton of different events at Carson over the years, but we really love working with the dogs—they’re all about unconditional love,” says Kathy Carson. “If someone is looking for a dog and wants to learn more about breeds, this show will introduce them to so many beautiful dogs. But more than that, watching these dogs is just a great way to spend Thanksgiving Day.”
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