Hallmark Channel Gives Rescue Dogs Their Own Version of the Westminster Dog Show

Beloved Rescue Dogs Compete In Categories Like Best Underbite And Best In Snoring

By Si Si Penaloza

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The 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event recently crowned Flynn the Bichon Frise as winner. Now, at this level of competition, there is just no doubt as to Flynn’s flying high pedigree. With the rise in popularity of rescue and mixed breed pups, we are delighted to see that reflected in the Hallmark Channel’s programming. Though we can’t help but wonder why Amazon Studios, Netflix, Hulu and the networks didn’t follow through on a concept like this first.

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On Feb. 19, the Hallmark Channel aired its first American Rescue Dog Show. The landmark event featured lovable shelter dogs from a mashup of breeds and mixes. As long as a dog is a rescue, he or she can compete. The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show was hosted by pet lovers Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen, and will also feature celebrity judges like Linda Blair, Rick Springfield, Brandon McMillan, Andrea Arden, and Lisa Arturo. The hilarious Ross Mathews and Larissa Wohl covered all of the four-legged fun as the show’s official commentators. The show’s beloved mascot was Happy The Dog, Hallmark Channel’s own rescued and adopted pet who stars in movies and TV specials while also serving as a certified therapy dog and emotional support animal.

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This year, savvy original programming executives at  Hallmark Channel decided it was time for the underdog to finally gain wide recognition, acceptance and endearing accolades. The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show invites you to help save lives through adoption of shelter pets. This competition includes mixed breed and purebred rescue dogs competing in a variety of cute categories, all with the goal of ending pet homelessness.

The best bit? The plucky, whimsical and often hysterical competition categories!

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The mission of this inaugural national rescue dog competition is “to celebrate rescue dogs in a personality-driven competition.” Pups from coast to coast competed in categories such as Best in Couch Potato, Best in Wiggle Butt, Best in Underbite, Best in Talking, Best in Snoring, Best in Senior Dog, Best in Fetcher, Best in Kissing, Best in Special Needs, and Best in Listener. Each winner received a $5,000 donation to the rescue organization of their choice. The top 10 dogs from these groups will face off for the night’s biggest award: Best in Rescue. The Petco Foundation is providing $75,000 in non-profit grants to the winners.

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