List: Dogs I'll be rooting for during Thursday's National Dog Show

November 22, 2011

Shetland Sheepdog:

This is the Zulkey family dog. My parents had a Sheltie named Major for 16 years and now have a newer model named Looey. They definitely are...spirited. And vocal. But cute. They’re vain, too, you can tell.

Smooth Collie:

I feel like the Smooth Collie has all the smiliness, intelligence and pep of a regular Collie but is at a major disadvantage without the long, flowing coat. I love an underdog.

Greyhound:

The Greyhound is MY dog so of course he deserves to win all the awards. They’ve basically got it all, as a breed: fascinating history, amazing athletic prowess, heartbreakingly sweet personality and the pity factor. If you want me to tell you more about why Greyhounds are the best, let me know.

Schipperke:

My in-laws like this breed, and since they have 11 cats, I am all about encouraging them to like an animal that is not a cat, so I am pro-Schipperke. It has an adorable name, a cute body like a little black bush, and is Belgian. Most things from Belgium are pretty great.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever:

Just look at that face!

Bedlington Terrier:

This is a controversial one in my house. My husband thinks this breed looks too weird. I on the other hand love how it looks like a little lamb.

Brussels Griffon:

I always like how peevish this little dog looks. He looks like a gremlin. The dogs that win Best in Show always look pleased so I’d be curious to see what a happy Brussels Griffon looks like.

Pekinese:

I’m not really into toy dogs but I love watching this one walk.

Great Pyrenees:

Just look at this dog. There’s one in my neighborhood named “Aslan” which I think is an appropriate name for a Great Pyrenees: it’s a leonine dog with undeniably Christlike characteristics. This dog will save us all.