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On a day dedicated to man’s best friend, host John O’Hurley still squeezes in time for a very special companion: his 5-year-old son, Will, who joined him at the weekend taping of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina. O’Hurley has hosted the ultimate canine competition (which airs Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in all time zones) on NBC since its inception in 2002.
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Just a few finishing touches! A little last-minute prep can go a long way at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, where more than 1,500 canines competed for the coveted title of Best in Show.
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THE RIGHT FLUFF
Don’t be fooled by the cuteness – the competition is fur-ocious.
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They may look like the three amigos, but these pooches are in it to win it for themselves.
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You’re too adorable to be nervous! This pooch gets a reassuring cuddle from a special fan.
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PUPPY DOG EYES
Proof we couldn’t judge this showdown. (You’re just all winners to us, guys.)
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GO FOR THE GOLD
But we think this golden retriever deserves some precious medal.
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Sometimes, it pays to be a show-off.
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It’s exhausting looking this good.
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WALK THE WALK
You better work! Come back to PEOPLE Pets on Thursday to see who won big.