Courtesy Dog Writers Association of America
The Dog Writers Association of America has selected David Frei as the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee for outstanding contributions to the field. He will accept the award on Feb. 10, at the association’s Awards Banquet at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan.
Being inducted into the association’s 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, Frei is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show — more than 25 million viewers in 2017.
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.
Frei’s second book, “Angel On A Leash,” 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. Frei was also the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of “The Angel By My Side,” in 2002. It tells the story of Dakota, Mike’s heroic golden retriever service dog. Frei’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 World Dog Press Association, the Association of Purebred Dog Writers and Purina. A native of Eugene, Frei lived in Seattle for 20 years where he owned two popular sports bar restaurants and his own public relations agency. He then moved to New York City in 2002, working fulltime for the Westminster Kennel Club before moving to Cannon Beach 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.