Busy Philipps on his fandom “National Dog Show” and his beloved dog Gina Linetti


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means the turkey, stuffing, and the national dog show presented by Purina. In its 20th year, this holiday tradition airs again on NBC after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The peloton includes more than 2,000 dogs representing 200 breeds competing for the “Best in Show”. This year the American Kennel Club is adding a different kind of puppy to the furry fray with the introduction of the Biewer Terrier.

Among the loyal viewers who will tune in is dog lover Busy Philipps, who will most likely have the family’s Goldendoodle, Gina Linetti, nearby. The Girls5eva The star was even joined by the beloved pet as she spoke about being a true fan of the national dog show.

Tell me about your connection to this dog show.

Philipps busy: First of all, I am a huge fan of the National Dog Show. I have been for years. I have definitely been watching it for 20 years. I’m super excited because I have my own “Best in Show”, a very sleepy puppy next to me right now. Gina. She’s my baby. This year’s show is going to be really special because it’s going to be the same things that we love. They are introducing a new breed this year called the Biewer Terrier. Who knows what it is? Does he look like a beaver? May be. It’s fun. We are going to celebrate memories, incredible competitors. And the impact they had on us at the ring trot and on our couches lying next to us.

Busy Philipps

Your family had Gina last year, right?

We have a pandemic puppy. The dog has been everything to us like so many people. We have always been a pet friendly family, but we didn’t have a dog. We watched the national dog show even though we didn’t have a dog. True story, my roommate Emily and I, when we were in our twenties, couldn’t have a dog in our apartment. We loved the National Dog Show so much that we once went to a National Dog Show in Long Beach to see the dogs.

It’s hardcore.

I’m really into it. I love Christopher Guest’s movie Best of the show. I just think they’re so cool. I love watching them because you learn a lot about the breeds. We had Gina right before closing, so she’s basically a pandemic puppy. She has just brought us so much comfort, joy, love and companionship and has given us a lot of reasons to be silly and to laugh in our home over the past two years now. We are so grateful to have him in our lives.

Did the children learn more responsibilities by taking care of Gina?

Children love to play with Gina, that’s for sure. Then I do everything else. It’s like that. Moms always do everything for dogs. It’s so funny. I grew up with a dog, Harrison, who I thought was my dog. It wasn’t until our family had Gina that I realized Harrison was my mom’s dog all the time.

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Is there a particular category in the show that you like the most?

I love “Best in Show”. I never chose it correctly. I never understood which breed, which dog in competition would be the “Best in Show”. I’m glad reviewers and experts explain what they judge these dogs on because they all look very good to me. I like softer dogs I would say. I don’t like the wire. I know, the controversy. I like the small breed. Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu, Maltese. Lots of fur. The ones who are really groomed and have those long, flowing locks. I love watching these little guys trot. They always make me laugh.

With the holidays approaching, how does Gina take things into account?

Listen to Gina getting a stocking for Christmas. Santa Claus comes looking for Gina. We really include Gina at Christmas. Gina gives gifts to all family members. She really enjoys the holidays. She is a very good child. Although we didn’t give it anything special. She just has her dog food. I’m not one of those people who feed their dogs at the table, especially in New York where you see people all the time in restaurants with dogs all the time eating at the table. I’m like, “Guys, what’s going on here? She is a person to me, but there is a line I will not cross.

National dog show presented by Purina, November 25, 12 p.m. in all time zones, NBC


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