NEW YORK – It all comes down to this.
Seven furry finalists will face off for Best in Show, and one dog will soon hold this year's top spot at the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
It all culminates at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday on FS1 following 19.5 hours of live coverage across FOX, FS1 and FS2.
Over 200 breeds and varieties of dogs have assembled for the outdoor event held under a tent at the historic Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. This is the second year in a row after surging cases of COVID-19 resulted in delaying the event’s original January date. Last year was the first time the iconic dog show was not held in Manhattan.
Showers are likely Wednesday evening, mainly between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 60%, according to the National Weather Service. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.
While cloudy skies threaten to rain on the parade, FOX Weather is offering five of our best dog-related stories that might brighten your day.
An otter's best friend
If you thought dogs were only a man’s best friend, think again. A Goldendoodle named Gus became a baby otter’s best friend last Easter.
Six-year-old Gus, who lost one of his legs due to cancer, had no problems making a swim on three legs and rescuing an otter pup from the frigid St. Croix River in Minnesota.
Gus faced tough weather conditions out on the river, but clearly, the hero dog was on a mission to help another animal in need.
‘These huskies have big hearts’
Every year, teams embark on a nearly 1,000-mile-long journey through the vistas of Alaska.
Spanning a distance greater than a trip from Nashville to New York City, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has become a tradition that highlights indigenous cultures and traditions — particularly, those involving man’s best friend.
According to Chas St. George, the chief operations officer of the race, one notable example of the dogs’ unique physiology is the size of their hearts, which are about 20-30% larger than those of other dogs.
"These huskies have big hearts — not only big hearts emotionally, but also big hearts, period, because it's a muscle," he said.
If you are looking to hit the open road this summer with your cuddly companion, finding the ter-rufff-ic spot might be hard.
BestPlaces, an online resource for finding the best place to live, and Motel 6 have chosen 10 of the best cities by analyzing the availability of local dog parks, greenspaces, hiking and walking trails, pet stores, veterinarians and dog-friendly dining options.
They also determined the ideal place to stop for some rest, adventure or exploration.
"Each of these places are interesting enough that you may even want to make these your ultimate destination for sightseeing and relaxing," BestPlaces president Bert Sperling said.
The world walk
A New Jersey man's seven-year journey to walk around the world has concluded in his home state.
Tom Turcich set out to travel the world by foot back in April 2015. The now 33-year-old Haddon Township native decided to embark on the trip after the death of his friend, Ann Marie, who was just 16.
His goal was to walk across seven continents by 2020, but he hit some speed bumps after he came down with a bacterial infection while traveling through South America. The infection kept him off his feet through the fall of 2016 as he returned to New Jersey.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of his journey came when he adopted a companion to join him on the road – a dog named Savannah. Her company made the journey even sweeter, he said.
Bear the koala-saving dog
A dog was recently honored for helping to save more than 100 injured koalas caught scorched in Australia’s wildfires.
In 2019 and 2020, Australia’s wildfires left numerous wildlife stranded and injured, and Bear, the 6-year-old Australian Koolie, was brought in to help.
Not all dogs can help save the koalas. Bear’s owner said it takes a special type of pup.
"You have to find a good dog first," Romane Cristescu said. "The reason we selected Bear was because he’s got that obsession. We call it OCB – Obsession Compulsive Behavior. It’s basically the dogs that want to play all day long."
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