CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hope Johnson is holding her breath that 10-year-old Gracie doesn't get stage fright.
"She's cute, but she's a little anti-social. She thinks she's a cat."
Some people think she's a fox, with her reddish coat, bushy tail and pointed face and ears. Actually, she's a cross between a Sheltie and a Pomeranian.
It was Gracie's status as a mutt that landed her a TV gig.
Gracie is going to be one of five mixed-breed dogs to appear Friday on "The View." The popular talk show with Whoopi Goldberg and other co-hosts is seen locally at 11 a.m. on WCHS-TV and WOAY-TV.
Johnson said Gracie was selected by the producers from photographs that dog owners submitted to the program. Another dog was picked by an audience vote. Also, five adoptable dogs from an animal shelter will make an appearance.
"The View" broadcasts its annual "mutt show" when the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place in New York City featuring the crème de la crème of purebred dogs.
"It's the show's way to call attention to shelter dogs," explained Johnson, who lives on Red Oak Street and works as a business analyst at CASCI.
Johnson didn't get Gracie from a shelter, but said she was "an accident" when her purebred parents mated with each other rather than their own kind as the owner -- a friend of a friend -- intended.