The National Dog Show presented by Purina is an annual affair that hosts the best of the best in every AKC-registered breed. Every Thanksgiving at 2pm EST, you can watch the best fluffballs, the best mop dogs, the best long-legged hounds compete for Best in Show.
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And while it's all serious business in the ring, the behind-the-scenes is a total animal house (pun intended). Among the barking rows of dogs getting primped and pampered, you can catch a butt sniff here or a kissing attack there. Here are a few of our absolute favorite moments from the 2017 National Dog Show presented by Purina.
1. The Total Mop-Head
If it weren't for that huge smile, we might actually mistake this big boy for a real-life mop.
2. This Singer and His Background Dancers
Can you tell which one of these triplets is the attention-hog? *Eye-roll.*
3. Mr. Tough Guy Who Is Actually A Softie
Even the toughest of pups gets a little nervous before their big moment in the ring. This guy was enjoying a moment of zen before his breed competition.
4. The Dog Who Forgot to Put on A Coat This Morning
What this Chinese Crested lacks in fur, he makes up for in major attitude.
5. The Sweetie Who Could Care Less About Winning
As long as he gets the maximum number of pats and cuddles throughout the day. So far, so good.
6. This Little Guy Who Is Just Trying to Keep Up
"Listen Mom, these legs are SHORT. Life is a marathon, not a sprint."
7. The Dog Whose Hair We're All Jealous Of
Honestly, what does she use? Shine serum? A Chi straightener? We need her secrets, ASAP.
8. The Ultimate Puppy Eyes
Listen to "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen while looking at this photo, and you will suddenly find yourself handing over all your snacks.
9. "RIdiculously Photogenic Guy," As A Dog
Remember that marathon runner who became an instant meme for being really, really photogenic? This is actually him masquerading as a canine.
10. It's Never A Bad Moment For A Selfie
This dog knows the art of the selfie. A full camera roll later, and she may have found her perfect 'gram.
11. The Big Friendly Giant
When you've outgrown Dad's lap but you're in denial.
12. And Finally, the Cutest Pair in Dog Show History
A wee little girl with her wee little dog. We're squealing with delight.