Our Favorite Backstage Moments From the 2013 National Dog Show

More than 20 million people will tune in to NBC for the Thanksgiving Day telecast of the 2013 National Dog Show, but you don't have to wait that long to see what happened behind the scenes!

While we can't tell you which one of the 1,500 dogs won, we can give you a little taste of the grooming, playing and, yes, sleeping that went on in the benching area. Check out our photo gallery, and stay tuned for more National Dog Show news!

Behind the Scenes at the National Dog Show

Keeshond at National Dog Show

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Jimmy the Keeshond is all smiles in the benching area.

Mack the Corgi and John Dugan

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

John Dugan cuddles his playful, 2-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Mack. Mack's registered name is Celticfox Field of Dreams.

Bonnie Rubin and Emily

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Bonnie Rubin of Bucks County, Pa., proudly sports a Golden Retriever shirt as she blow-dries her Golden Retriever, Emily.

William and Mojo

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Four-year-old William plays with Mojo the Samoyed in the benching area.

Otterhound models vest at National Dog Show

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Pumpkin the Otterhound, who loves having her picture taken, modeled a vest for the cameras.

Bergamasco paws at the National Dog Show

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

No, that’s not a dirty mop. Those cords belong to a Bergamasco named Nemas. His owner, Donna Silverpastori, says his dreads are actually pretty low maintenance and grow on their own.

Junior handler Katie Rude and her Great Dane Dior at National Dog Show

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

Katie Rude, a 13-year-old junior handler, gives her Great Dane a hug while they wait for the junior handling competition to begin.

Sacha the Bichon

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Sacha the Bichon Frise rests in the benching area.

Maggie the Bulldog

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

This adorable Bulldog from Milford, Pa., goes by Maggie, but her registered name is actually Ch. Kendee's Mysterious Flaming Star of the Angels.

Bogey the Samoyed Sleeping

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Breeder Amy Green laughs as her 3-year-old Samoyed, Bogey, sleeps with his tongue out during grooming.

Vizsla and junior handler at National Dog Show

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

A junior handler poses her Vizsla in the ring during the junior handler competition.

Gretchen Vanderford and Whippet Savannah

Shayna Meliker, Vetstreet

Owner Gretchen Vanderford of Quakertown, Pa., holds her 1-year-old Whippet, Savannah.

Golden Retriever playing at National Dog Show

Laura Cross, Vetstreet

After a long day of primping and competing, it’s playtime for Chloe, a 1-year-old Golden Retriever. “She’s goofy,” says handler Jennifer Grant.


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