We love dog shows over at Unleashed and have been tuning in since we were wee little kiddos. They're a perfect time to see dogs we wouldn't normally encounter (and maybe play a good ol' bingo game or two). This has also turned us into self-proclaimed experts on shows from the National Dog Show to Westminster ... and now the Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina.
This is only the second year that this televised event has been held — and it's the only major dog show to come out of the West Coast to be shown on TV. The show has a special flavor that makes tuning in worth it — and it's on Sunday at 6 p.m. which means it can end your weekend slash start your week off on a fun, furry foot.
If you're not yet convinced by the 200 (!) breeds, here are some standout reasons why you should tune in.
You'll be California dreamin' in no time.
Close your eyes and picture an event called the "Beverly Hills Dog Show" in your head. We're betting your vision includes some palm trees, maybe a red carpet, and definitely a lot of glitz and glam. (Think about how decked out we see the pooches on RHOBH after all.)
If that's what you pictured — you'd be exactly right. There were *indoor* palm trees brought in, pots of flowers that were spritzed with water every few minutes, and even a "green room" for VIPs. Our favorite part (after the dogs): the giant, gold dog-shaped statuettes.
It’s a legit dog show.
Even though it may look like a movie set, this is a real competition. We spotted dogs at the Beverly Hills Dog Show that we recognized from previous competitions (though that cutie Flynn showed up for a photo opp only), and this show is hosted by veteran dog show announcers John O’Hurley and David Frei.
In fact, there were more than 1,500 dogs competing to make it to the breed finalists for each of the seven groups (Sporting, Terrier, Toy, Hound, Working, Herding, and Non-Sporting). Spoiler alert: All the dogs were cute.
You'll definitely see some dogs you haven't spotted around the block before.
Speaking as someone who got there at 8 a.m. on the day of the event earlier this month, spending 12+ hours at a convention center looking at dogs is a long day for even the most extreme dog lover. The televised event is two hours long which means you can get glimpses of the breeds on the small screen ... but you don't need to commit a full day to it.
And you just may see #MyDogOnTV!
There's never a bad time to #humblebrag with a photo of your cute pup but, if there's any time you definitely need to do it, it's before the big show on Sunday night. If you post a pic of your dog on Instagram with the hashtag #MyDogOnTV, you just may see your furball on TV along with the show pooches. P.S. You can make your pic standout with these glam stickers, too.
Now we all know what we're doing Sunday night. (Watching the #BHDogShow on the USA Network, of course.)
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