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General Dog Talk,  Rescue

American Rescue Dog Show – Who Will Win?

Scruffy doesn’t have the pedigree to strut her stuff at the Westminster Dog Show? Well, maybe she can make it at the American Rescue Dog Show!

That’s right, falling on the heels of the Westminster Dog Show (won by Standard Poodle Siba on Feb 11), this show is just for rescue dogs.




The American Rescue Dog Show airs on Sunday February 16 and Monday February 17 on the Hallmark Channel.

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The 2019 Best in Rescue winner, Howard the Dog.

Both mixed breed and purebreed dogs will be featured. And the only qualification? Dogs must be from a rescue or shelter. The dogs compete to earn donations to a rescue organization.

The competition is fierce and funny. Categories include:

  • Best in Belly Rubs
  • Best in Couch Potato
  • Best in Ears
  • Best in Senior
  • Best in Snoring
  • Best in Special Needs
  • Best in Talking
  • Best in Underbite
  • Best in Wiggling
  • Best in Wrinkles

Can’t watch the show live? Follow #bestinrescue on social media to see news reports on the competition.

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One of the 2020 hopefuls, Atlas will compete in the Best in Snoring category.

How to Enter the 2021 American Rescue Dog Awards

Think your rescue dog has what it takes?

Or are you a Houston dog rescue that wants publicity and donations?

Here’s how to submit your information for 2021!

Send an email to bestinrescue@gmail.com with the following:

  • Category of entry
  • Your name, age, contact information and name of rescue.
  • 2 photos of your dog
  • 1 photo of you with your dog
  • 30-second video of you and your dog explaining why he/she would be the best for that category.




Entries are now through October 15 2020.

Filming takes place in Los Angeles in January 2021.

Want more info? Visit the Hallmark Channel website.

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Trixie, who is blind, will compete in the Best in Special Needs category.

All photos: Hallmark Channel

Houston Dog Mom is a Houston-based dog lover and shelter volunteer. Doggos "Doug" and "Tammy" also help out with the writing.

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