Thanksgiving 2014 Previews From Rescue Dog-A-Thon, Amazon, Macy’s, Kohl’s, And More [Video]

Although you probably don’t have your turkey awaiting in your freezer, major retailers can’t wait to plan Thanksgiving 2014, which occurs Thursday Nov. 27. From which stores are closed (with some surprises added to the usual list) to which online empires have your virtual Blue Light Specials waiting for your money, the announcements are trickling out faster than Granny’s famous extra-thick cranberry sauce, including one for a rescue dog-a-thon (arf!).

If you want to burn off the calories from the pecan pie with whipped cream after dinner on Thanksgiving 2014, start making your shopping list version of an exercise routine now. Macy’s and Kohl’s can become your first stop on the post-pie list, because both retailers open earlier this year at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, reported ABC News.

However, if you have guests coming over on Black Friday and you want to shop for food, don’t try to hit up Costco on Thanksgiving Day. The empire of enormous products announced it will be closed on Thanksgiving, along with Nordstrom, GameStop, Saks and Dillard’s.

For those who want to celebrate Thanksgiving at home and are looking for family-friendly TV viewing alternatives, you can rest your dogs and watch the dogs as Hilary Swank hosts The Great American Dog-a-Thon on Nov. 27. The two-hour special honors rescue dogs, including the opportunity for home viewers to foster or adopt, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Swank emphasized that she chose to host and executive-produce the special because of her concern about rescue dogs.

“I have long been an advocate for animal adoption and know first-hand the immense joy a shelter animal brings to our lives. Yet, every year more than four million animals are euthanized because of overcrowding in shelters.

“We are so fortunate to have an animal advocate in the Fox network that not only sees the need for more awareness surrounding this issue, but is willing to set aside a two-hour block for this important cause. This partnership will change the path of a soul for thousands of animals looking for their forever home.”

Among the highlights are the viral videos and awards segments. Do you think you can watch the Cutest Puppy award without adopting one? Watch Hilary talk about her pets below.

As the Inquisitr noted, Hilary isn’t the only celebrity dog lover. Others include Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Colfer.

But if you want to combine TV viewing with shopping, now is the time to start your Thanksgiving 2014 and Black Friday shopping lists, urges Amazon. The online giant is speeding up the beginning of the buy-buy-buy bonanza by kicking off holiday deals season on Nov. 1, revealed the Argus Leader.

While Amazon has typically started holiday deals at the beginning of November, this year will feature more products and frequent deals, says spokeswoman Julie Law. Amazon will increase its deal of the day feature to include two daily deals from Nov. 1 until Dec. 22.

You can also look forward to more “lightning deals” from Nov. 1 until Black Friday. These products are on sale for limited periods of time daily. As the calendar gets closer to Black Friday, deals will pop up every 10 minutes. Look for specials on cookware, electronics and toys in particular.

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