Last week, on Thanksgiving, my family and I watched the National Dog Show. It’s one of our holiday traditions, as common as turkey or my dad’s oyster stuffing. And while these fancy pups prance around the screen, we cuddle on the couch with our own dogs, two far-from-show-quality (and quite scrappy) pooches. And even though Dusty and Tip will never get the attention of a purebred French poodle, I can think of plenty of awards that they win in my heart.
That’s kind of the idea behind CofC’s Dog Show, presented by the school’s women’s tennis team. Instead of categories like Sporting Group and Herding Group, you’ll get Prettiest Mutt, Fastest Tail Wagger, Most Obedient, Most Holiday Spirit, Owner-Look-Alike, Sexiest, Naughtiest, Best Tricks, Best Legs, and Most CofC Spirit.
It only costs $5 to enter your dog in an individual category, with the money benefiting Pet Helpers. The afternoon will be judged by Tara Lynn of My News 2 and “Extreme” Akim Anastopoulo. It’s a good thing Dusty’s at my parents’ house in Miami. Otherwise she’d win sexiest, hands down. —Susan Cohen