Jon Patch talks about traveling with your dog and service dogs while they wait for Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show host, David Frei to call in. Does David finally call in? Tune in to find out!
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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."
Since 1990, Frei has co-hosted the live Westminster coverage from New York's Madison Square Garden. 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 more. He has been director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club since 2003.
Frei is co-host of "The National Dog Show" which airs on NBC Thanksgiving Day, a telecast seen by about 20 million viewers every year since its inception in 2002.
A longtime breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds and Brittanys. 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. Frei has exhibited his Brittanys in conformation and field trials, but is most proud that his Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, are therapy dogs, visiting people in New York hospitals every week.
Frei 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).
He is a trustee for Take The Lead, a foundation providing support for members of the dog show family suffering from terminal diseases or life-threatening illnesses. He is also director of communications for the Delta Society, the world's leading organization for animal assisted therapy, and he is a member of several other dog organizations.
In 2004, Frei appeared in one of the final episodes of the HBO hit series, "Sex and The City," playing a dog show judge awarding a big win to Charlotte and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Frei also does volunteer work with Transfiguration Church and School in New York's Chinatown, and in 2005 was honored by the Transfiguration Education Association for "his loyal support of Transfiguration Schools and his dedication to philanthropic causes."
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 Seattle, as well as his own public relations agency, before moving to New York in 2002.
Frei's wife, Cherilyn, is a certified Catholic chaplain and director of Spiritual Care at The Ronald McDonald House of New York City.