February is a dog lover’s dream. Last Sunday, it was the adorable Puppy Bowl, which featured 78 playful shelter puppies, and on Feb. 13 and 14, it’s the Super Bowl of dog shows: The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. When you tune in to the live coverage of the group competitions at Madison Square Garden, be on the lookout for a few new (adorable) faces: the American Hairless Terrier (Terrier Group), Sloughi (Hound Group) and Pumi (Herding Group).

These three dog breeds were fully recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016, making them eligible to compete in dogs shows and competitions. FS1’s live coverage of the group competitions and Best in Show from Madison Square Garden can’t come soon enough — so while you eagerly await, check out the gallery below to learn more about the new canine competitors and meet the dog breeds making their Westminster debut in 2017.

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Breeds Competing for the First Time, Plus Breeds Added in 2015
American Hairless Terrier (Terrier): Sloughi (Hound): Pumi (Herding): Bergamasco (Herding): Berger Picard (Herding): Boerboel (Working): Cirneco dell’Etna (Hound): Lagotto Romagnolo (Sporting): Miniature American Shepherd (Herding): Spanish Water Dog (Herding):

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We know we can never take your place in the loving eyes of your pet – but we sure as heck can serve as an awesome fill-in when you’re at work, too busy or away on vacation. Waggy Walkys has been catering to pets of all shapes, sizes and breeds since 2002, growing a trusted network of pet care professionals throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

Our services cover all kinds of stuff you and your pet would need help with, from dog walks to family-style boarding, overnight house sitting visits to daily pet sitting visits (morning, afternoon, evening) for dogs, cats and any other pets you may have! We even offer a pet taxi to transport your pet to appointments or to and from your designated dog boarding house. Need something extra special? We gladly customize our services to meet you and your pet’s exact needs. Contact us now to learn more.

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We know we can never take your place in the loving eyes of your pet – but we sure as heck can serve as an awesome fill-in when you’re at work, too busy or away on vacation. Waggy Walkys has been catering to pets of all shapes, sizes and breeds since 2002, growing a trusted network of pet care professionals throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

Our services cover all kinds of stuff you and your pet would need help with, from dog walks to family-style boarding, overnight house sitting visits to daily pet sitting visits (morning, afternoon, evening) for dogs, cats and any other pets you may have! We even offer a pet taxi to transport your pet to appointments or to and from your designated dog boarding house. Need something extra special? We gladly customize our services to meet you and your pet’s exact needs. Contact us now to learn more.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Bear and Beau lives in Rockville, Maryland. Bear and Beau’s owner is Patrick Henehan, and Bear and Beau’s walker is Todd Clagett. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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We know we can never take your place in the loving eyes of your pet – but we sure as heck can serve as an awesome fill-in when you’re at work, too busy or away on vacation. Waggy Walkys has been catering to pets of all shapes, sizes and breeds since 2002, growing a trusted network of pet care professionals throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

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Beau lives in Rockville, Maryland. Beau’s owner is Patrick Henehan, and Beau’s walker is Todd Clagett. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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We know we can never take your place in the loving eyes of your pet – but we sure as heck can serve as an awesome fill-in when you’re at work, too busy or away on vacation. Waggy Walkys has been catering to pets of all shapes, sizes and breeds since 2002, growing a trusted network of pet care professionals throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

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Get ready to rumble! Team Ruff and Team Fluff will face off once again in every dog lover’s favorite sporting event of the year: Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl.

When it airs on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, 78 playful puppies from 34 shelters in 22 states will take to the field to showcase their adorable antics.

The adoptable puppies will compete for the first-ever Petco Lombarky trophy after a special kickoff appearance by none other than famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Veteran “rufferee” Dan Schachner will be looking for puppy penalties and Terrier touchdowns in his sixth Puppy Bowl appearance.

Of course, the kitty halftime show is must-see TV, too. This year, it features a performance by feline musical group Chicago Rock Cats with Kitty Gaga singing “Puparazzi” to adoptable rescue kittens.

In an inspiring addition to the lineup, Puppy Bowl XIII will feature three extra-special pups who have disabilities they will strive to overcome: Doobert, who’s deaf; Lucky, who’s three-legged; and Winston, who’s both hearing and sight impaired.

We have a feeling that by the end of the show, all of the players will be winners as they find forever homes.

The Puppy Bowl XIII will be simulcast on both coasts starting with a pregame show at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, and kickoff is at 3 p.m. EST/noon PST. It repeats all day and night for a total of 10 hours on game day. While you anxiously await the big day, check out some of the puppy contenders in the starting lineups for Team Ruff and Team Fluff below. Which team will you be rooting for?

SLIDESHOW: Puppy Bowl XIII

The 2017 Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup
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If you were on a voyage to a new land, would you want your dog’s companionship and protection? There’s solid evidence that some of the Pilgrims did. There were at least two dogs on board the Mayflower when it left England in 1620, bound for the New World.  

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, Vetstreet talked with Chris Messier, a living history interpreter who plays Master Jones, the captain of the Mayflower, on a replica of the historic ship in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  

“I’ve been playing Master Jones for probably more than 10 years,” Messier says. “We meet a lot of children and they always ask about the animals on board. Dogs are the most certain answer I can ever give. 

“There was a Mastiff and there was a Spaniel, and because they do interesting things they get written about” in history, Messier explains.  

It wouldn’t be surprising for the canines to have joined their owners on the trip, he says, because the English and Dutch (some of the people on board were from Holland) clearly had a love of dogs, even back then. We know this because they often appeared in portraits and other paintings at the time. Popular types of dogs included Mastiffs, Hounds, Spaniels, Terriers and lapdogs, Messier says. 

He says he’s convinced that his character, Master Jones, brought a dog along. That’s in part because Jones had been commanding ships for 27 years, and sailors were frequently given puppies as gifts in different ports, and also because there’s documentation that he’d been taken to court in England for illegally having hunting hounds when he didn’t have the required amount of land.

Cats Were on Board, Too

Dogs weren’t the only animals on the Mayflower. Messier says there’s also evidence that pigs, goats and chickens — as well as cats and rats — were on board. 

Cats were commonly brought along on ships to catch the vermin. In fact, captains who were responsible for the cost of any spoilage could get a break on their costs if they had a cat on board, Messier says.  

Felines were also considered good luck — and many sailors wouldn’t even make the trip if there wasn’t a kitty companion on the voyage. It was believed they could sense a storm was coming, giving the crew time to prepare.

Most of the cats on board were feral, but there are reports of sailors taming kittens to become pets, Messier says.

New World, New Dangers  

The Pilgrims and their animals ran into newfound hazards in the New World — including wolves.

Messier tells one story about how the Mastiff and Spaniel, who belonged to John Goodman and Peter Brown, had a scary run-in with the predators. The English dogs had never seen wolves before and apparently thought they were also dogs, he says. They brought them back to their masters, who had a hard time defending themselves from the wolves.

Thankfully, the Pilgrims survived and the Spaniel is credited with chasing the wolves off.

Natives and Pilgrims Had Dogs in Common

Once the 102 people aboard the Mayflower arrived in America, they discovered that the Native Americans had dogs, too. In fact, it was the only animal that the two groups had in common, Messier says.

The Natives’ dogs would often be the first to be aware of the approach of the English if they attempted to ambush one of their villages. But the Natives only had small dogs, and the English sometimes used their huge Mastiffs to terrify them.

It’s believed that there were likely more dogs with the English settlers, too, because of accounts that they were used to help their masters with hunting. So it’s fair to presume that, in 1621, when the Pilgrims gave thanks for a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, there were probably numerous four-legged friends crowded around the table, too.

Beloved dogs were often around dinner tables back in the Pilgrims’ native England, Messier recalls. If the dogs who arrived on the Mayflower were anything like typical dogs today, maybe they were looking for scraps when the settlers had their first Thanksgiving meal!

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Lady Gaga has a new member of the pack. On Monday night, the singer shared a sweet photo on Instagram where she’s introducing the adorable puppy to her two older French Bulldogs, Koji and Miss Asia. “I’m proud to announce we added a new member to the #JOANNE family,” she wrote. “I haven’t named him yet but I call him both cowpig and moopig in the meantime!” Joanne is the title of album Lady Gaga released last month. Asia joined the family in 2014 and Koji arrived in 2015. — Read it at People Pets