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NBC WILL BROADCAST 19TH ANNUAL ‘NATIONAL DOG SHOW’ ON THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 26 AT NOON IN ALL TIME ZONESJOHN O’HURLEY AND DAVID FREI RETURN TO CO-HOST THE CELEBRATEDCANINE COMPETITIONNEW YORK – Oct. 13, 2020 – NBC will present the 19th anniversary edition of thebeloved holiday special “The National Dog Show” airing Thanksgiving Day (noon-2p.m. in all time zones), Nov. 26, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s ThanksgivingDay Parade.”As previously announced, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia will once again hold itsannual all-breed dog show in November in Oaks, Penn. With full attention being givento state and local health and safety issues for activities during the COVID-19pandemic, and under the approving guidance of the Montgomery County Board ofCommissioners and the Montgomery County Department of Health, the club willstage a single, two-day show on Nov. 14-15 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.“The National Dog Show” celebrates man’s best friend and will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,”“Dancing with the Stars”), and expert analyst David Frei, a longtime breeder-owner-handler and American Kennel Club judge. NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillowill also offer her insights during the telecast.Last year a 2-year-old male Bulldog named Thor topped the 2,000-dog field to takehome the Best In Show title.Three new breeds will be on hand at the show for the first time this year, making atotal of 207 breeds and varieties sanctioned by the American Kennel Club (AKC). TheBarbet (Sporting Group) is a water dog from France with a long, sweeping tail, adense coat of curly hair and a distinctive beard. He’s an agile athlete with a bright,friendly nature. The Dogo Argentino (Working Group) is a strong and intelligenthunting dog from Argentina, originally bred to hunt big game such as boar andmountain lion. He has a short white coat and expressive face. The Belgian Laekenois(Herding Group), like its three close Belgian relatives (Belgian Malinois, BelgianSheepdog, Belgian Tervuren), was originally used in police work. They all still dosome police work but are best known as athletic, hardworking herding dogs. TheLaekenois separates itself with its different coat color and texture, and a differentregion of origin.“The National Dog Show” is a beloved holiday tradition for families across the nation.The telecast reached nearly 25 million viewers during Thanksgiving week last year,delivering its third-best score in total viewers since its first broadcast in 2002. Theshow is part of a five-hour block of family programing on NBC, offering the country’s65 million pet-owning households a full afternoon of fun entertainment while raisingmoney for canine-related causes. For more information on “The National Dog Show,” visit:http://www.nationaldogshow.comBreed descriptions and more information can be found athttps://nds.nationaldogshow.com/event-info/the-seven-groups/Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @NBC.MEDIA
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.
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.
In celebration of the National Dog Show and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the world to share why the dog sitting next to them is the best through its annual #DogThanking initiative. The proceeds from this social media program will be donated to support people and pets affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas.
Dog owners are encouraged to log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to post photos or videos showing why the beloved dog sitting next to them is the best by using the hashtag #DogThanking. For every original post submitted through November 26 using the hashtag and tagging @Purina, they will donate one dollar to GreaterGood.org (up to $50,000) an organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. More specifically, the donations raised will be used to support hurricane relief for pets and people.
The National Dog Show will premiere on Thanksgiving Day at noon in all time zones. For the 16th year, the show will bring canine competition and entertainment to America’s viewers and crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2017 champion. More than 1,700 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors. The show is watched by more than 25 million viewers annually. 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.
For more information please visit www.purina.com
MORE ABOUT ANDY COHEN:
Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. The series is the only live show in Late Night, and features everyone from “Bravolebrities” to big names in pop culture, including Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon. He also serves as executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. In 2014, Details Magazine called the show, “compulsively engrossing,” while touting Cohen as a “genius;” possibly “the smartest man on TV;” GQ describes “Watch What Happens Live” as “the most primitively authentic ting on television” and TV Guide thinks it’s late night’s “unlikeliest success story.” In his ten years as an executive at Bravo he was responsible for an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including hits such as "Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “Queer Eye,” "The Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “Being Bobby Brown,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Flipping Out,” “Top Design,” “Work Out,” “Make Me a Supermodel,” “Blow Out,” “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List,” “The A List Awards” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” “Bethenny Ever After,” “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” and “The Real Housewives” franchises.
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
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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"Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport" Will Celebrate Shelter Underdogs and Animal Adoption
NEW YORK, NY—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is one of three animal welfare organizations nationwide to be featured in this weekend’s primetime television special “Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport,” which will showcase the special appeal of shelter pets. The program will air locally on NBC® 4 New York on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET and on NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN. Viewers in other markets should check their local listings for airtimes.
With the help of beloved actress and comedian Betty White, Olympic superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, singer Emmylou Harris and other celebrities, the half-hour special will highlight adoption centers from around the country on a search for the country’s most loveable rescue dogs. NBC correspondent, award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport is the creator, executive producer and host.
“Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport” features categories of dogs often overlooked for adoption such as seniors, pit bulls, mutts and three-legged dogs. At each shelter, these canines will be judged by celebrity animal advocates including: journalist and host of HBO’s® Real Sports Bryant Gumbel and wife and author Hilary Gumbel at Main Line Animal Rescue® in Pennsylvania; teen actor Lou Wegner at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California; and singer/actress Bernadette Peters at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. One dog from each shelter will be named “Best in Shelter” and rewarded with a year’s supply of a food-filled care package from show sponsor Blue Buffalo.
“Shelter pets should be celebrated and protected, regardless of the circumstances that put them in peril,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. "The ASPCA segment features three pit bull-type dogs who were brought to the ASPCA by the NYPD and were rehabilitated and cared for by our staff so that they could be adopted into loving homes.”
Bershadker added: "Jill shares our passion for helping animal victims of cruelty and homelessness find homes, and I have no doubt this program will help save the lives of the many loving and loyal dogs--just like the ones featured--at nearby shelters."
“This show is about saving lives and finding them ALL forever loving homes,” said Jill Rappaport. “It has been my dream for years to do a show that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and the wonderful heart and souls they possess!”
Subaru of America, Inc., show sponsor and ASPCA Corporate Partner, has also been a long-standing supporter of animal causes.
"Since 2007, Subaru has donated $12 million to the ASPCA and organized over 1,200 adoption events at animal shelters and at Subaru retailers nationwide,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Animal welfare is an important part of the Subaru brand and we are very proud to support Jill's mission to raise awareness for rescue dogs, especially those under-rescued animals featured in Best In Shelter."
The ASPCA estimates that of the approximately 7.6 million pets who enter animal shelters each year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized.
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Traditional holiday TV special, hosted by John O’Hurley & David Frei,
has become America’s showcase for the canine, man’s best friend
New York, NY (October xx, 2011) – NBC will present the 10th edition of its popular holiday special “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” this Thanksgiving Day, reaching an unusual milestone for a broadcast television offering that has shown uncommon staying power in the volatile landscape of network TV.
The family-oriented celebration of dogdom airs from noon - 2 p.m. in all time zones following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade again this year, providing America and its 65 million pet-owning households a show with mass appeal before football takes over the day.
It is a celebration of America’s fascination with man’s best friend, hosted by John O’Hurley, the Seinfeld ensemble actor (catalogue king J. Peterman) and ultimate champion on ABC’s inaugural “Dancing With The Stars.” O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, who is the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network and America’s foremost authority on the sport.
Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the special offers family-oriented features, facilitated by the open format of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia event, one of only five remaining “benched” shows in which dogs from over 170 breeds are on display all day for the visiting public.
“We have actually generated a legion of long-term fans and established a family holiday tradition,” stated Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and VERSUS, who conceived the idea. Miller had rented the movie Best In Show, the Christopher Guest-produced “mockumentary” which famously pokes fun at the character-rich show dog world. “I believed that a major dog show could attract and entertain the mass audience that network TV provides.”
The show more than quadrupled the previous year’s time slot rating and ten years later is averaging almost 20 million total viewers as part of a five-hour block of family programming on the most family-centric holiday of the year.
“My hope is that my grandchildren get to watch the show with their grandchildren on Thanksgiving Day,” Miller concluded.
The host of the National Dog Show (www.nationaldogshow.com), O’Hurley, has written two humorous books on the subject and provides the whimsical, “everyman” viewpoint. Frei is the industry’s most knowledgeable voice, an owner, handler, judge, author and social media personality who advocates for the increased use of therapy dogs in hospitals and medical care facilities.
But the stars of the show are the purebred dogs, up to 2,000 of which compete for the title of “Best In Show” during the telecast, which will introduce to the American viewing public six new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds - Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Norwegian Lundehund, Xoloitzcuintli, American English Coonhound, Cesky Terrier and Finnish Lapphund.