The Perfect Dog

One of the highly anticipated events during National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia is the theatrical adaptation The Perfect Dog. The
family-friendly show is based off of John O’Hurely’s children’s book of the
same name. He was inspired to write the book after an interaction with
his young son back stage at the National Dog Show, where he was asked, “Who is the best dog?” The short story has become a huge hit for families with young children. Many copies of the book have been donated to the Ronald McDonald House to provide comfort and guidance to sick children.

John O’Hurley has been one of the faces of the National Dog Show since its debut in 2002. The dogs that he has met and interacted with have had a huge impact on his life. Through this story and theatrical performance, he hopes to spread some of the happiness that dogs have given him to other families. The show is a musical performance comprised of a cast of seven actors and actual dogs. Sam, the main character, searches for a “perfect” dog to place in a local dog show. The show follows Sam’s experience through the competition and his search for the “perfect” dog.

The Perfect Dog will be shown on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 at 3 p.m. at the Center Theater in Norristown, Pa. Any family looking for something to do over the weekend should definitely check out this adorable, quirky treat of a show. For additional information be sure to check out or contact Steve Griffith at

Marina Del Conte, West Chester University

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