WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW
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Created and hosted by journalist and animal advocate Jill Rappaport, Best in Shelter With Jill Rappaport documents her year-long search for remarkable shelter dog contestants, focusing on hard-to-adopt animals such as pit pulls, older animals, and animals with disabilities. While the program ultimately declares "winners," all the selected animals find loving homes.
I've often said that I love good friends and I love sweet dogs -- which makes it doubly fun for me to present this piece to you, written by the legendary TV writer Bill Persky. Billy and I have been the best of pals since we worked together on "That Girl," and when he sent me this piece (which is perfectly timed for the annual Westmintser Kennel Club dog show), I remembered all over again why I adore him so.
It's been more than a week since Banana Joe, a coiffed and plucked Affenpinscher, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. I am not usually a dog show follower, but I had a wet cold last week and spent evenings on the couch with a box of tissues and the remote control.