Are You Ready for Some (Puppy) Football!
Tune into the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet
Braving a winter snowstorm in New York City, Dan Schachner, aka The Ref for the 11th annual Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, chats with Oh Behave show host Arden Moore about why this is expected to be the best and greatest puppy bowl yet. The game features more than 85 pups (and even 21 kittens) up for adoption from countless animal shelters all over the county. Discover the special role a handful of Nigerian Dwarf goats will play and hear about a cool cat named Katty Furry and what she has planned for the halftime show. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 1 on Animal Planet.
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Dan Schachner is a television host, actor and announcer celebrating his third year as the Puppy Bowl referee. Riding high from the success of last year’s record-breaking event, Dan is even more assured that he has the skills and stamina to officiate the biggest game in animal sports. Dan lives in Manhattan and has two boys, ages five and seven, who might just be Puppy Bowl’s biggest fans. Below, find out all you need to know about the only human face in puppy football.
Name: Dan Schachner aka “The Ref”
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
How You Became “The Ref”: When I first found out Animal Planet was on the hunt for a new Puppy Bowl ref, I knew my true calling in life had come. I quickly grabbed my camcorder and sent in an audition tape highlighting my puppy refereeing skills and sense of humor. To my surprise, they “bit,” and now I’m calling the most important game of my life for the third year in a row!
Responsibilities of the Puppy Bowl Ref: My job is to make sure the puppies play a safe, clean game. I call puppy penalties, which can lead to expulsion if necessary, and I also call the touchdowns – just like a football referee. And, of course, there are always puppy “messes” to clean up.
Favorite Penalties to Call: ”Illegal Fur-mation,” ”Ruff-sides,” “Roughing the Kitten,” “Ineligible Poodle Downfield.”
Most Looking Forward to This Year: One word: Penguins!
Enjoy Most About Being the Ref: Just when you think you have identified every type of puppy foul imaginable, there’s always a new infraction to surprise you.
Why Did You Come Back for Another Year?: Animal Planet begged and pleaded, sending gift baskets of flowers and puppy treats every day, until I said yes…OK, it was the other way around.
Other Places to See (and Hear) Dan: Guest-starring roles on several network television shows, host of the monthly, cable series “Brain Candy TV,” a panelist on Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest” television series, host of popular podcast “The Actor’s Grind,” announcer for the Showtime network, and the voice of Garnier Fructis’ television and radio campaign.
Interests: Officiating animal sports, sports trivia (human and non-human), acting, voiceover work, my family, running, cycling, good food (eating it, not cooking).