Though he’s not a Southern breed, we’re tipping our hats to Flynn, the Bichon Frise who took home the coveted Best in Show purple ribbon at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. But for the non-pedigreed pups out there, Hallmark Channel has created a different kind of competition. On Monday, February 19 at 8 p.m., the home of all things feel-good will premiere the 2018 American Rescue Dog Show to feature shelter and mixed breed dogs and promote pet adoption.
Two Saint Bernards compete for Best in Couch Potato.
While traditional dog shows judge each contestant by its breed standard, the Rescue Dog Show focuses on other, more heartfelt categories: Fetching, Couch Potato, Underbite, Snoring, Senior Dogs, Talking, Kissing, Listening, Wiggle Butt, and Special Needs. The ten group winners will go on to compete for Best in Rescue and because every competitor is either adopted or is adoptable, the winner also receives $25,000 for his or her home shelter. “We are proud to honor rescue pets and raise awareness of how truly special these animals are,” says Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, the parent company of Hallmark. “There are beautiful animals available at local shelters and we encourage our viewers to choose adoption through our pet programming.”