NBC will present the 16th anniversary edition of the beloved holiday special “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The show features Cannon Beach resident David Frei as expert analyst. Frei, an American Kennel Club-licensed judge and, along with John O’Hurley, co-host of USA Network’s “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina.” NBC’s Mary Carillo will report from the benching area and inside the show ring, while Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir offer a behind-the-scenes look at the show as reporters and digital contributors.
As the co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina since its inception in 2002, Frei is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show — most recently more than 25 million viewers in 2016. It is the same role that he perfected in 27 years as the longtime 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.
He has been honored for his work with the therapy program, Angel On A Leash by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the ASPCA, the Pet Philanthropy Circle and a number of other organizations.
NBC will present an encore of the event on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 8 to 10 p.m.