Emmy Award-Winning Journalist & Host Maria Menounos and Her Dog Whinnie Team up to Encourage Dog Owners to Join Purina’s #DogThanking Movement.

 

MARIA MENOUNOS, Emmy Award-winning journalist and host of Apple Podcast “Conversations with Maria”

BACKGROUND:

In celebration of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the nation to share why they are thankful for their pet, using #DogThanking and tagging @Purina. This November, Purina wants to recognize the four-legged friends who make our lives so special, especially those pets that act as service animals to veterans across the country.

 

From November 9-25, for every unique post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes @Purina and #DogThanking, Purina will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Pets and Vets program. This amazing program helps pair shelter pets with veterans coping with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, and other service-related challenges as they transition back to civilian life following their service. Additionally, through Veterans Day, the Purina Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign is also paying tribute to our armed forces and the loyal dogs that serve them by sharing their stories and donating up to $500,000.

 

The National Dog Show will premiere on Thanksgiving Day on NBC at noon in all time zones. In its 17th year, the show celebrates man’s best friend and continues an established family holiday tradition. The show will crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2018 champion, bringing canine competition and entertainment to more than 20 million viewers. More than 2,000 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors. Beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld, will serve as show co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei. NBC sports commentator Mary Carillo will also be participating as a National Dog Show correspondent.

 

For more information about this year’s #DogThanking initiative, check out Purina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Purina), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Purina) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/purina).

 

MORE ABOUT MARIA MENOUNOS:

As a journalist, Emmy Award Winner, Maria Menounos, holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family: an interview touted by ABC News as the top defining moments leading to Obama’s victory. Maria’s achievements have thus far set numerous like industry milestones. Her groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host “Entertainment Tonight.” She would go on to do the same for the “Today” show and “Nightly News" AND become the first person in the history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide-release feature film. Currently, Maria hosts the leading female Apple Podcast, 'Conversations with Maria!’ Maria is also THE most viewed face in all of American cinema as Host and Producer of NCM's 'Noovie', the cinema pre-show seen daily, before each and every feature, on 70% of America's movie screens. 

Talkin' Pets News

February 10, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus

Producer - Zach Budin

Reporter - Georgia Malpartida

Network Producer - Johnny Starks

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge at Hotel Penn in NYC to discuss the dogs checking in for The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Dear Friend David Frei will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/10/18 at 530pm EST to discuss his induction into the DWAA Hall of Fame

Bash Dibra - Celebrity Dog Trainer and author

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann author and illustrator of Strongheart: Wonder Dog ot the Silver Screen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/10/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and giveaway their book

The executive director of Clean Label Project, Jaclyn Bowen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/10/18 at 720pm EST to discuss ratings on pet food

Jane Bright - Dog Trainer and CBS show Survivor Alumni

David Frei to be Inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame

Iconic dog show host and award-winning author receives highest honor

(New York, NY – December 6, 2017) – The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has selected David Frei as the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee for outstanding contributions to the field. He will accept the award on February 10, 2018 at the DWAA Awards Banquet at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan.

“I am truly humbled by this honor given to me by my peers and colleagues and friends,” Frei said. “To be a part of this collection of great and talented people who are already inductees is truly special. I know that I share with them the great fortune of having wonderful dogs making my life better every single day. I thank the Dog Writers Association of America for including me.”

Being inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame is the latest of Frei’s many career accomplishments. New York Magazine once called David Frei "probably the most famous human in the world of canines.”

As the co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina since its inception in 2002, David is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show – more than 25 million viewers in 2017. It is the same role that he perfected in 27 years as the longtime (1990-2016) co-host of USA Network’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He has now added to his duties with NBC/USA as co-host of the Beverly Hills Dog Show, which debuted on Easter in 2017.

Being America’s “dog guy” has brought him many appearances on network television, including "Today," “NBC Nightly News,” "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," "The View”, Martha Stewart," and more. The dogs have taken him to the White House for a visit with the President, for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to throw out the first pitch at two Major League Baseball games, to a role on HBO’s “Sex And The City” and even to an appearance as a pastry judge on the Food Network’s “Best In Show” competition.

A breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, he has enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His dog, Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who, was the top Afghan Hound in the country in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed. As a judge, he has officiated at shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China. 

But David’s true passion comes from the work that his dogs have been doing as therapy dogs at places such as the Ronald McDonald House and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (where his Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, were the first therapy dogs ever allowed into these facilities), and at New York’s VA Medical Center. After Teigh and Belle passed, David’s Cavalier, Angel, and his Brittany, Grace, took over for them at many New York facilities.

While at Westminster, he created a charitable activity, Angel On A Leash, to support a therapy dog program at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Angel On A Leash later became an independent charity with him as founder and president, creating and advocating for therapy dog programs many places, expanding nationwide and receiving many honors for its wonderful accomplishments.

David’s second book, Angel On A Leash (named after the charity), is his view of his world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, and was the 2012 winner of a Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award as best depiction of the human-animal bond. David was also the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side in 2002. Also a DWAA Maxwell winner, it tells the story of Dakota, Mike’s heroic Golden Retriever service dog. David’s third book, about his years at Westminster, is underway.

He also served as director of communications for Westminster from 2003 to 2015, during which time he was recognized with awards from the DWAA (its AKC Distinguished Service Award), the World Dog Press Association, the Association of Purebred Dog Writers (the Stonehenge Award), and Purina (Better with Pets Award).   

Petside.com named him as the Pet Person of the Year in 2011, and in 2015, Dog Fancy magazine, in its final issue, included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.”

He has been honored for his work with Angel On A Leash by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the ASPCA, the Pet Philanthropy Circle and a number of other organizations. He is a past board member for Take The Lead and Morris Animal Foundation, and a past member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sports Council. He has also been recognized for his volunteer efforts with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown for many years.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, David lived in Seattle for 20 years where he owned two popular sports bar restaurants and his own PR agency. He then moved to New York City in 2002, working fulltime for the Westminster Kennel Club before moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon, in 2016, and now works as a consultant for NBC Sports. Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. 

“David Frei is such an inspiration to the dog-writing community,” said Jen Reeder, DWAA’s president. “He is beloved not just by writers, but by dog lovers across the country and world. We’re thrilled to recognize him with our organization’s highest honor, which he so richly deserves.”

For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

About DWAA

The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

 

Iconic dog show host and award-winning author receives highest honor

(New York, NY – December 6, 2017) – The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has selected David Frei as the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee for outstanding contributions to the field. He will accept the award on February 10, 2018 at the DWAA Awards Banquet at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan.

“I am truly humbled by this honor given to me by my peers and colleagues and friends,” Frei said. “To be a part of this collection of great and talented people who are already inductees is truly special. I know that I share with them the great fortune of having wonderful dogs making my life better every single day. I thank the Dog Writers Association of America for including me.”

Being inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame is the latest of Frei’s many career accomplishments. New York Magazine once called David Frei "probably the most famous human in the world of canines.”

As the co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina since its inception in 2002, David is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show – more than 25 million viewers in 2017. It is the same role that he perfected in 27 years as the longtime (1990-2016) co-host of USA Network’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He has now added to his duties with NBC/USA as co-host of the Beverly Hills Dog Show, which debuted on Easter in 2017.

Being America’s “dog guy” has brought him many appearances on network television, including "Today," “NBC Nightly News,” "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," "The View”, Martha Stewart," and more. The dogs have taken him to the White House for a visit with the President, for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to throw out the first pitch at two Major League Baseball games, to a role on HBO’s “Sex And The City” and even to an appearance as a pastry judge on the Food Network’s “Best In Show” competition.

A breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, he has enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His dog, Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who, was the top Afghan Hound in the country in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed. As a judge, he has officiated at shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China. 

But David’s true passion comes from the work that his dogs have been doing as therapy dogs at places such as the Ronald McDonald House and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (where his Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, were the first therapy dogs ever allowed into these facilities), and at New York’s VA Medical Center. After Teigh and Belle passed, David’s Cavalier, Angel, and his Brittany, Grace, took over for them at many New York facilities.

While at Westminster, he created a charitable activity, Angel On A Leash, to support a therapy dog program at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Angel On A Leash later became an independent charity with him as founder and president, creating and advocating for therapy dog programs many places, expanding nationwide and receiving many honors for its wonderful accomplishments.

David’s second book, Angel On A Leash (named after the charity), is his view of his world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, and was the 2012 winner of a Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award as best depiction of the human-animal bond. David was also the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side in 2002. Also a DWAA Maxwell winner, it tells the story of Dakota, Mike’s heroic Golden Retriever service dog. David’s third book, about his years at Westminster, is underway.

He also served as director of communications for Westminster from 2003 to 2015, during which time he was recognized with awards from the DWAA (its AKC Distinguished Service Award), the World Dog Press Association, the Association of Purebred Dog Writers (the Stonehenge Award), and Purina (Better with Pets Award).   

Petside.com named him as the Pet Person of the Year in 2011, and in 2015, Dog Fancy magazine, in its final issue, included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.”

He has been honored for his work with Angel On A Leash by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the ASPCA, the Pet Philanthropy Circle and a number of other organizations. He is a past board member for Take The Lead and Morris Animal Foundation, and a past member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sports Council. He has also been recognized for his volunteer efforts with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown for many years.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, David lived in Seattle for 20 years where he owned two popular sports bar restaurants and his own PR agency. He then moved to New York City in 2002, working fulltime for the Westminster Kennel Club before moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon, in 2016, and now works as a consultant for NBC Sports. Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. 

“David Frei is such an inspiration to the dog-writing community,” said Jen Reeder, DWAA’s president. “He is beloved not just by writers, but by dog lovers across the country and world. We’re thrilled to recognize him with our organization’s highest honor, which he so richly deserves.”

For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

About DWAA

The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

USA NETWORK’S PREMIERE OF
‘BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA’
--Star-studded event includes Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and more--
 
The inaugural telecast of the BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA premieres on USA on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 8 PM/7c. In addition to the Easter night debut of the show USA will present an encore on April 17 at 9 AM/8c, and NBC will air an encore on Sunday, April 23 at 1 PM/12c. 
 
USA Network’s broadcast will be co-hosted by David Frei and John O’Hurley, who have been a part of the very successful NBC Thanksgiving Day telecast of the National Dog Show presented by Purina since its inception in 2002. Sports icon Mary Carillo reports from backstage and Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will work the show’s red carpet with celebrity interviews.
 
Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Vanderpump Rules”) will present the Best in Show award, and “E! News” Co-Host Maria Menounos will be on hand interviewing attendees about how their dogs are the stars of their families.  Fans can tune in to see more of their favorite dog loving celebrities including Bo Derek, Victor Espinosa, Rex Linn, Jennifer Marsala, and WWE wrestler The Big Show on the red carpet and in the crowd as these glamorous canines square off to win the top prize.  
 
NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will also feature the show in its annual “Thanksgiving Day Dog Show Marathon” on Thursday, November 23.

Event Date: March 4-5, 2017

Hosted by: The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills

 

Location: Fairplex in Pomona, California

 

Telecast Dates: April 16, 2017 8-10PM PT/ET USA Network

            The Easter telecast will be taped and produced from the Saturday show.

Re-broadcasts: April 17 on USA Network and April 23 on NBC   Times TBD

           

Talent:            John O’Hurley (Host)

                        David Frei (Analyst)

                        Mary Carillo (Features and reporter)

                        Tara Lipinski (Features and Red Carpet Host)

                        Johnny Weir (Features and Red Carpet Host)

More stars: Stars from NBCUniversal Entertainment’s biggest television hits are expected to be on hand to share top billing with the beloved four-legged stars of this show.

Produced by NBC Sports, the same production team that produces the National Dog Show presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day. USA Network produced the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for 25 years through 2016.

Tentative features for the broadcast: A number of features that depict dogs in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Universal Studios:

-          Handler Makeover

-          Working dogs in Hollywood

-          Dogs in Universal Studios themed sections

-          Dogs shopping on Rodeo Drive

New format for Best in Show: Group winners will walk red carpet in “Fashion Show” finale

Charity partner: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Therapy Dog Program (www.chla.org). The Amerman Family Dog Therapy Program at CHLA will receive $1 from every ticket sale.

Social Media: Facebook Live with talent

                     Behind the scenes with Snapchat

                     Twitter Mirror on the Red Carpet

Digital: Show will have a robust digital website that will have full group video, behind the scenes clips, extra features and VOD offerings

NATIONAL DOG SHOW THERAPY DOG AMBASSADOR TEAM ADDS FOUR NEW MEMBERS FOR 2016

Philadelphia, PA— The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s Therapy Dog Ambassador Team will add four new members in 2016, with Aladdin, Butler, Xena and Willow joining the five returnees from last year.

This seven-year tradition now brings together a dynamic team of nine canines, who make regular visits to hospitals and healthcare facilities, including the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, where they help to comfort patients and their families. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Shows involve the canine stars as members of its Therapy Dog Ambassador Team to promote the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and the annual dog shows hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia each November.

The 2016 National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team includes:

v  Lil’ Abner, age 6, and Stella, age 8, are Dogues de Bordeux who together create a memorable 280-pound experience whenever they walk into a room. Lil’Abner won a blue Ribbon in the novice Dogue de Bordeaux class at the 2011 National Dog Show. Abner and Stella are owned by Steven & Donna Kramer of Langhorne, and Steven is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dog International.

v  Waylon, age 11, is a Belgian Sheepdog and son of the late, former Therapy Dog Ambassador, Eli. He is a retired show dog and visits each summer at the Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos. He is owned and handled by Sherry Hanley of Allentown, a retired Lehigh County deputy sheriff.

v  Vivian, age 6, is a Staffordshire Terrier mix who was named the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union’s Neighborhood Hero for 2014. She spent time with the New Leash on Life USA program, being socialized by incarcerated individuals before their release back into society. Vivian is owned and handled by Michele Pich, a grief counselor at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, who has been directing the VetPets Animal-Assisted Activities program at the Ronald McDonald House since 2010.

v  Benny, age 2, is a 57- pound English Bulldog who regularly visits the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House as well as St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Along with Abner and Stella, Benny is owned by Steven & Donna Kramer.

v  Aladdin, age 5, has been recognized by American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards and was a finalist in the Hero Dog of the Year in the Therapy Dog category. He is the ambassador for nationwide animal abuse campaign Show Your Soft Side. Aladdin is owned by Michele Shaffer-Stevens, who is chairperson of the National Dog Show Gala organizing committee.

v  Xena, age 3, Shih Tzu – Yorkie mix and Willow, age 2, rescued Shih Tzu – Poodle mix. They visit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House on a weekly basis and are also active members of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pet Therapy program. They also make home visits to kids in hospice care. Xena and Willow are owned and handled by Emily Martin of Philadelphia, PA.

v  Butler, age 4, Shepherd mix, is a spokesdog for American Humane Association and the official therapy dog of The Weather Channel. Butler serves as a first responder for both organizations, providing comfort to children and families whose lives have been adversely affected by disaster. He was rescued from a shelter by owner and handler Dr. Amy McCullough, national director of Humane Research and Therapy for American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization.

The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team was founded by the late Rufus, the accomplished, Colored Bull Terrier who retired to a celebrated career as a therapy dog after winning the National Dog Show Presented by Purina in 2005 and following that up by triumphing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show three months later in New York City. Rufus was joined two years later by the late Eli, the Belgian Sheepdog who showed in Philadelphia before retiring to therapy work. Eli was one of the last few living therapy dogs who comforted victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

All nine dogs play a vital role in helping to make a difference in people’s lives. In addition to their weekly work at hospitals, nursing homes, and institutions, the Therapy Dog Ambassadors will be making therapy visits and media appearances in conjunction with National Dog Show activities in Philadelphia and New York City.

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After 27 years of exploring the wonder of man’s best friend with millions of dog-loving television viewers around the world as the broadcast co-host, David Frei said goodbye to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past February with nary a tinge of sadness or regret.   

“The dog world is a big place,” Frei offers gleefully from his new home in Cannon Beach, Oregon. “Much bigger than when I started and growing still. And now I’m a part of guiding that growth for the good of the sport.  This is that rare moment in time when I truly have the best of both worlds.” 

One of those worlds is The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, the now 15 year-old NBC Thanksgiving Day special that has become appointment television for millions of families together for their traditional, November holiday celebration.  Another is Frei’s newest challenge, The Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina, a newly-minted endeavor hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills, headed for USA Network television screens in 2017 – on Easter Sunday. 

Where he once had limitations about what he could and could not work on (Frei was also the fulltime Director of Communications for Westminster), he now has the freedom to survey the landscape, pick his spots and apply his decades of marketing, public relations and television knowledge to projects that embody his passion for pets. 

As the expert analyst of The National Dog Show, he is known as the voice of the dog show world, but he recently hosted a cat show on the Hallmark Channel, The Kitten Summer Games.  He is the executive in charge of the Beverly Hills project, able to marry his passion for the sport to its appeal to the masses through television.  His newly-liberated schedule includes advocacy work as America’s leader in the growing therapy dog movement, judging at dog shows across the United States and appearing regularly as a spokesperson for the sport, responsible pet ownership and the importance of the human-animal bond. 

“Anyone who spends time with dogs will tell you those are their best moments of the day,” Frei asserts.  “I’ve seen miracles in hospital rooms when an ill child encounters the love, innocence and energy of a trained therapy dog. I get to work with dogs.  I get to work with dog people.  And I get to do it in new and different ways while continuing in my role as an on-air commentator talking directly to the audiences.” 

Frei’s relationships in the dog world have been particularly useful as he develops this newest TV product with a celebrity component in America’s entertainment industry capital of Hollywood.  John O’Hurley, the popular Seinfeld and Dancing With The Stars personality and host of The National Dog Show, lives in Beverly Hills and is playing a role in recruiting celebrity dog lovers for the project.  Kennel Club of Beverly Hills officials are thrilled with the TV exposure on tap for their annual show and appreciate working with Frei, who speaks their language and understands the intricacies of producing the Best In Show competition among thousands of entrants encompassing more than 200 breeds and varieties. 

“My dogs have changed my life,” Frei says. “And they have changed the lives of a lot of other people, too -- formally as therapy dogs but also informally, ‘on the street,’ through their spontaneity and unconditional love for everyone. I want to inspire people to get their own dogs out there doing something for people in need.  

“The dogs are truly the stars in my world. And our shows on NBC and USA Network are truly a celebration of the dogs in our lives -- show dogs, therapy dogs, purebreds and mixed breeds. We should thank them every day for letting us be on the other end of their leashes.” 

“David Frei unplugged,” the subject mused.  “Okay. Unplugged. But with the electricity and excitement of our canine friends energizing me every day.” 

David Frei is well-known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

David has co-hosted the live Westminster coverage from New York’s Madison Square Garden since 1990. In connection with that role, he has made many appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Ellen, The View, Martha Stewart, Charlie Rose, and many more. His adventures with the Westminster Best In Show winners have taken him many places, including the White House and for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has been director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club since 2003.

David also has been co-host on NBC of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day since its inception in 2002, a telecast seen by about 20 million viewers every year.

His new book, Angel On A Leash, about his work and observations in the world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, was released in November 2011.

A longtime breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has judged all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China, and has also enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin Who was the #1 Afghan in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed.

But he is most proud of the wonderful work that his own dogs do as therapy dogs, regularly visiting patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House New York and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, who have recently passed, pioneered the practice in many places, and his Cavalier, Angel, and Brittany, Grace, are carrying on for them today.

With Westminster, David helped to create Angel On A Leash, a charitable activity supporting a therapy dog program at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. Angel On A Leash has become an independent 501(c)(3) charity with David as president and CEO, and has expanded into a number of additional facilities across the country. The success of the program provided the inspiration for his new book of the same name.

David’s contributions to the world of dogs have been recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America in 2009 with its prestigious American Kennel Club Distinguished Service Award, and in 2010 by the World Dog Press Association with its Media Award.

He also does volunteer work with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown, and in 2006 was honored by the Transfiguration Education Association with a special award for “his loyal support of Transfiguration Schools and his dedication to philanthropic causes.” His work with Angel On A Leash and his own therapy dogs has been recognized by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club with its prestigious Patricia L. Kanan award, and by a number of other organizations as well.

He is a past board member for Take The Lead, a dog show world charity that provides for people with life-threatening and financially devastating illnesses and injuries. He is a past board member of the Morris Animal Foundation, a member of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Sports Council, and a past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America.

David is the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side, a critically-acclaimed best seller about a heroic service dog, published in 2002 (www.angelbymyside.com) and the winner of two DWAA awards as best book of the year.

In 2004, he appeared in one of the final episodes of the HBO hit series, Sex And The City, playing a smitten dog show judge awarding a big win to Charlotte and her Cavalier (mostly to Charlotte).

Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. A native of Oregon, he owned two very unique and popular sports bar restaurants in the Seattle area, as well as his own public relations agency, before moving to New York City in 2002. His wife, Cherilyn, is a certified Catholic chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care and Family Support at The Ronald McDonald House of New York City.

Visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org for more information on the show ...

About the Show

From the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and celebrating America's continued love of man's best friend, "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" returns for its 14th year on NBC. Hosted by actor, author and Broadway star John O'Hurley, the event features 2,000 of the nation's leading canines from over 170 breeds (including the world's largest, smallest and most exotic) strutting their fur in the hopes of following in the pawsteps of Nathan the Bloodhound, last year's crowd-favorite top dog.

"The Dean" David Frei provides expert show commentary, and Mary Carillo chimes in as an adept sideline reporter for this ultimate canine showdown. But which dogs will have their day, and which will leave with their tails between their legs? After all, there can only be one "Best in Show."

Two-hour LIVE special

David Frei is well-known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

David has co-hosted the live Westminster coverage from New York’s Madison Square Garden since 1990. In connection with that role, he has made many appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Ellen, The View, Martha Stewart, Charlie Rose, and many more. His adventures with the Westminster Best In Show winners have taken him many places, including the White House and for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has been director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club since 2003.

David also has been co-host on NBC of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day since its inception in 2002, a telecast seen by about 20 million viewers every year.

His new book, Angel On A Leash, about his work and observations in the world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, was released in November 2011.

A longtime breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has judged all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China, and has also enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin Who was the #1 Afghan in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed.

But he is most proud of the wonderful work that his own dogs do as therapy dogs, regularly visiting patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House New York and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, who have recently passed, pioneered the practice in many places, and his Cavalier, Angel, and Brittany, Grace, are carrying on for them today.

With Westminster, David helped to create Angel On A Leash, a charitable activity supporting a therapy dog program at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. Angel On A Leash has become an independent 501(c)(3) charity with David as president and CEO, and has expanded into a number of additional facilities across the country. The success of the program provided the inspiration for his new book of the same name.

David’s contributions to the world of dogs have been recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America in 2009 with its prestigious American Kennel Club Distinguished Service Award, and in 2010 by the World Dog Press Association with its Media Award.

He also does volunteer work with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown, and in 2006 was honored by the Transfiguration Education Association with a special award for “his loyal support of Transfiguration Schools and his dedication to philanthropic causes.” His work with Angel On A Leash and his own therapy dogs has been recognized by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club with its prestigious Patricia L. Kanan award, and by a number of other organizations as well.

He is a past board member for Take The Lead, a dog show world charity that provides for people with life-threatening and financially devastating illnesses and injuries. He is a past board member of the Morris Animal Foundation, a member of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Sports Council, and a past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America.

David is the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side, a critically-acclaimed best seller about a heroic service dog, published in 2002 (www.angelbymyside.com) and the winner of two DWAA awards as best book of the year.

In 2004, he appeared in one of the final episodes of the HBO hit series, Sex And The City, playing a smitten dog show judge awarding a big win to Charlotte and her Cavalier (mostly to Charlotte).

Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. A native of Oregon, he owned two very unique and popular sports bar restaurants in the Seattle area, as well as his own public relations agency, before moving to New York City in 2002. His wife, Cherilyn, is a certified Catholic chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care and Family Support at The Ronald McDonald House of New York City.

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