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”
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.
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.
CELEBRATE THE STARRING ROLE PETS PLAY IN OUR FAMILIES WITH ACTRESS
MARIA MENOUNOS DURING THE SECOND ANNUAL BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW
JOURNALIST AND PET LOVER ENCOURAGES DOG OWNERS TO JOIN THE “EVERY DOG IS A STAR” MOVEMENT BENEFITING MUTT-I-GREES, A PROGRAM THAT HELPS SHOW CHILDREN THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PETS
MARIA MENOUNOS, host of Sirius XM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos,” actress & author
This April 1st marks the second annual “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” a show that will combine the stars of Hollywood with the stars of the dog world! Pet lovers across the world are invited to share the positive impact dogs make in our lives through its “Every Dog is a Star” program.
Dog owners are encouraged to log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to post photos or videos showing how their dog is the true star of the family. For every original post submitted between March 26-April 8, using the hashtag #BHDogShow and tagging @Purina, they will donate five dollars (up to $25,000) to Mutt-i-grees, a program run by North Shore Animal League America that helps show children the positive impact pets can have on their lives through interaction with shelter dogs. The funds will be used to help expand the program to more schools around the country.
Actress Maria Menounos is available along with one of her many furry friends, to discuss the second annual star-studded dog show, what her favorite breeds are, the “Every Dog is a Star” Program and the Mutt-i-grees organization.
For more information please visit www.Purina.com
MORE ABOUT MARIA MENOUNOS:
Maria Menounos is the host of Sirius XM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos”, and the former host of E! News. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking, and The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. The digital entrepreneur co-founded AfterBuzz TV with partner Keven Undergaro, and created and executive produced the ABC special #DanceBattle America alongside Keven Undergaro and Julianne Hough. She also has a line of Greek food, Maria’s Greek Delights, which she launched with her mother. As an actress on the big screen, she has appeared in Tropic Thunder, Kickin it Old Skool', and The Fantastic Four. Small-screen acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’ Without a Trace, NBC’s Scrubs, and HBO’s Entourage, as well as a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill.