'Dangerous Dog' Rufus Honored at the National Dog Show

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As officials across the nation enact breed bans in a misdirected attempt to crack down on bad owners, countless gentle, loving, and well-behaved dogs lose their privileges, and sometimes their ability to help others.

One such case involves the most decorated show dog in bull-terrier history and veteran therapy dog, Rufus, who was honored at this year's National Dog Show presented by Purina (which took place last weekend but will air on NBC Thanksgiving Day). Five years after winning the triple crown of U.S. dog shows -- The National Dog Show, the Westminster Dog Show and the Morris & Essex Kennel Club Show -- Rufus is back in the ring to be honored and raise awareness about misguided breed bans.

Honoring past champions has become a mainstay of the Thanksgiving Day event, explains co-host John O'Hurley. "I'll equate it to 'Dancing with the Stars,'" Hurley tells Paw Nation. "It's a big happy family of former champs. It's been interesting to see the champions and what they've gone on to do."

O'Hurley, who's hosted the NDS alongside renowned dog expert David Frei since its inception in 2002, has worked with Rufus on a number of occasions. "He's the gentlest dog, pound for pound -- and he's stuffed with about as much muscle as his frame can hold -- that I've ever met," O'Hurley tells Paw Nation.

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