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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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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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“THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA”

2012 FACT SHEET


WHAT:    “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” is the annual two-hour, family-oriented television special broadcast on NBC.  This American Kennel Club (AKC) - sanctioned dog show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. This year’s show is the 11th edition of the American family TV tradition.  The Kennel Club of Philadelphia shows have been around since the late 1800’s.

The event has become a Thanksgiving Day television institution, generating a total audience approaching 20 million viewers each year as part of NBC’s traditional Thanksgiving Day family entertainment block of programming, which begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Some 2,000 of the nation’s top dogs compete for Best in Show honors in a competition open to all registered purebred dogs. 

FORMAT:  The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is one of only five benched format shows remaining in the United States.  Benched format means that the show is open to the public and the canines are on display all day long so that attendees can see the dogs up close and meet their owners to learn about the breeds and about the responsible dog ownership. 


WHEN: The National Dog Show is set to broadcast on television on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. to all time zones, following NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Parade.  The actual event will take place on Saturday, Nov 17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks/Valley Forge.

WHERE: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is located in Oaks, PA., adjacent to historic Valley Forge, PA, and just 15 miles west of Philadelphia. 

WHO: Purebred dogs from over 170 breeds, including many of America’s elite show dogs and their owners and handlers competing for Best of Breed, First in Group and the ultimate title of Best in Show.

NEW BREEDS: This year, the National Dog Show will introduce two new breeds to America’s TV viewing audience.  The new breeds are:
-    Russell Terrier – Terrier Group
-    Treeing Walker Coonhound – Hound Group

THERAPY DOG TEAM: A team of three dynamic young canines – Dogues de Bordeaux  named Li’l Abner and Stella and a Staffordshire Terrier mix named Vivian – will step forward this year to carry on the tradition of the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador program. The trio, all from the Philadelphia area, make regular visits to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House where they actively participate in therapy work with patients and families.


TV COMMENTATORS:  Television personality John O’Hurley will again host the NBC special along with David Frei, America’s foremost canine expert and the co-host of USA Network’s coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  The Broadway star and comedic actor, O’Hurley is best known for his work on the popular television show Seinfeld.  Frei, the director of communications for Westminster, also works as a judge and has owned/handled some of the world’s
top-ranked canines over the years.  Mary Carillo, best known for her work as an Olympics correspondent and tennis analyst for NBC and other networks, will be the sideline reporter.

ONLINE: www.nationaldogshow.com  The National Dog Show Presented by Purina website features additional video of the show, with breed and group judging, providing canine enthusiasts with a scope of coverage that includes all of the breeds in the show.

EVENT PRODUCER:    Carson International of Ketchum, ID, the world’s most prominent producer and packager of canine events for live audiences and television.


TV LISTING:    The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22nd
NBC
Noon-2 p.m. in all time zones following coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

This two-hour family entertainment special has become a major event in the dog show world, hosted by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia and sanctioned by the
American Kennel Club (AKC). The special spotlights the judging of the finest show dogs from over 170 breeds. The show is hosted by purebred dog owner John O’Hurley, with expert commentary by renowned expert David Frei, the dean of dog show commentators. Since the broadcast first aired 11 years ago, over 19 million viewers tune in each year for this tradition.

 

  

 

Angel on a Leash

Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch

 

By David Frei

Release Date: 10/2011

ISBN: 978-1-935484-63-9

Price: $16.95

Paperback, 208 pages, full-color photographs

 

 

Angel on a Leash will make you smile and cry and appreciate the great things that our dogs do for us and for people in need...” —Betty White

 

“David and his dogs love and trust each other, and this has enabled him to make it his life’s work to share hope with people in need. It has also given him many wonderful stories to share with us in this heartwarming book. I couldn’t put it down.” — Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer

 

“When a dog wags his tail, it is connected to his heart. When David tells these stories of the dogs he has known and the good they’ve done, they are connected to his.” —John O’ Hurley, from the foreword

 

 

Dogs are more than just man’s best friend. They are guardians and messengers. They can lift spirits and even save lives. Some would say they aren’t just friends, but angels. True stories of dogs touching humans in ways that will inspire readers both young and old are told in Angel on A Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by the very familiar voice of David Frei who has been the announcer of The Westminster Kennel Club for the past 21 years and also helped to found the Angel on a Leash charitable foundation along with Westminster.

Part of the proceeds from the sales of Angel on a Leash will benefit the organization of the same name and thus bring a smile to countless sick individuals who are in dire need of what may be a last smile. As one reads the book they will see almost as through their own eyes:

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    • a six-year-old play and laugh as if he hasn’t a care in the world after a day of tests and treatments
    • a combat-traumatized soldier connect with the world around him as he pets a new friend
    • a cancer survivor enjoy the familiarity of a warm nose
    • an eighty-five-year-old widower smile as his weekly canine visitor bounds into his room
    • the weary parents of a pediatric oncology patient comforted by a nuzzle of a warm nose of an angel with  four legs

Angel on a Leash will touch the soul of any reader who looks through the pages of photographs of patients with their four legged angel. It will warm the heart of any reader who has ever dealt with any illness or loss of a loved one. It will change the way the reader looks at man’s best friend forever.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

David Frei is well known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host (21 years) of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February.  He is also the co-host on NBC of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving since its inception. With Westminster, David helped to create Angel on A Leash, a charitable activity supporting therapy dog programs at health care facilities around the country. David is an active volunteer as well, visiting each week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Ronald McDonald House of New York. He is a member of the Sports Council of the St. Jude Children’s Research.

 

About BowTie Press:

 

BowTie offers the finest animal care and pet books for dog, cat, horse, bird, fish, reptile, small animals, and farm animals as well as rural living and transportation topics. From how to house-train a new puppy to winning a “Best in Show,” homeowners, experts, and professionals look to BowTie Press for the best and most relevant publications. More information can be found at: www.bowtiepress.com

 

 

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.

 

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