Cannon Beach resident and Oregon native David Frei will co-host NBC’s The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, which will air Thursday after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The broadcast takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones, according to The National Dog Show press release.
“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina® will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,” “Dancing with the Stars”), and expert analyst and American Kennel Club-licensed judge David Frei, who has officiated at dog shows worldwide,” as stated in the release. “NBC correspondent and sports broadcasting Hall-of-Famer Mary Carillo will report from inside the show ring, with former U.S. Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir offering behind-the-scenes access as digital contributors.”
Frei has co-hosted the show since the beginning in 2002, according to the release. The show, which raises “money for canine-related causes,” drew 25 million viewers last year.
In an interview Thursday, Frei told The Gazette he and O’Hurley explain to the audience, among other things, “what these dogs were bred to do. If you are going to have a dog in the family, you want one that matches your family,” Frei said.
He said the show is a “celebration of the dogs in our life.” These show dogs “are real dogs living in our house, just like other dogs… You want to relate to that and be a responsible owner.”
He said viewers can watch the show, “sit there with their own dog and hug their own dog.” They can say, “you’re my best of show dog.”
“In its unique format, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia offers an open environment for the esteemed event and remains one of the only ‘benched’ dog shows, displaying all 2,000 competing purebred canines to the visiting public,” the release states.