Thanksgiving TV for Dog Lovers

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If you love turkeys, Thanksgiving is probably not a very good day for you. But if you love dogs like I do, you’re in luck! Canines will be featured in two specials on Thanksgiving day, and a brand-new pet adoption special (featuring the lovely Betty White!) will debut during the evening.

Here’s the 4 (paws)-1-1 on these three shows.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s these two giant dog balloons in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

  • Finn & Jake — Look for Finn riding his magical dog, Jake, from the Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time.” It’s their second appearance in the parade.
  • Snoopy — The beloved “Peanuts” pooch is making his 38th appearance in the parade. In fact, Snoopy holds the parade record for the most appearances by a character. Take that, Underdog (who is not appearing in the parade this year, by the way).

NBC, 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones

The National Dog Show

Don’t touch that dial! Immediately after the parade, NBC will air “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina.”

Two breeds are making their debut this year: the Coton du Tulear and Wirehaired Vizla. These two breeds will also compete for the first time in the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show.

Unlike the two-night WKC Dog Show telecast, the two-hour National Dog Show special won’t include every recognized breed, so don’t be disappointed if your favorites don’t appear. Sponsored by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the competition was actually taped earlier this month. It’s being co-hosted for the 13th time by John O’Hurley and canine expert David Frei.

And remember, whether you’re thinking about getting a purebred or a good ol’ mutt — adopt, don’t shop!

NBC, noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones

FOX’s Cause for Paws

Thanksgiving night, Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank are co-hosting the first-ever pet adoption special, “FOX’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular.”

In what will hopefully become as traditional as a slice of pumpkin pie after dinner, the special will be a celebration of rescue dogs. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Betty White, P!nk, Josh Duhamel, Kathy Griffin and many more.

Viewers will be provided with information about adoptable dogs in their area as well as a toll-free number to call to donate to the Petfinder Foundation, which supports shelters and rescue groups across the country.

FOX, 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT

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Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!