We Love TV!
This is just an unofficial fan page, we have no connection
to any shows or networks.
Please click here to vote for our site!
Interview with John O’Hurley,
David Frei and Mary Carillo from the
"National Dog Show" on NBC 11/14/18
It's always a pleasure to speak with John, David, and Mary.
They are so friendly and knowledgeable... especially about
dog breeds. I was excited to talk to them and find out which
new breeds were added to the show this year. I look forward
to watching this year's edition of the show.
N B C UNIVERSAL Moderator: Erika Lewis
November 14, 2018
1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you
for standing by. Welcome to the National Dog Show presented
by Purina Press and Media.
During the presentation
all participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards
we will conduct a question and answer session. At that time
if you have a question please press the 1 followed by the 4
on your telephone. If at any time during the conference you
need to reach an operator please press Star 0.
reminder this conference is being recorded Wednesday,
November 14th, 2018. I would now like to turn the conference
over to Erika Lewis with NBC. Please go ahead, Ma’am.
Erika Lewis: Hi. Happy Thanksgiving everybody and thank
you for joining us all today to talk about the 17th annual
national dog show presented by Purina. We are very happy to
have John O’Hurley, David Frei and Mary Carillo with us
today to discuss this year’s broadcast and we welcome your
Like Denise said you can register for the
queue by pressing 1 followed by the 4. Denise, we’re all
Operator: Perfect. Thank you. Ladies and
gentlemen as a reminder to register for a question please
press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You will
hear a three tone prompt to acknowledge a request. If your
question has been answered and you would like to withdraw
your registration please press the 1 followed by the 3.
If you are using a speaker phone please lift your
handset before entering your request. Once more to register
for a question press the 1 followed by the 4.
first question comes from the line of Kelly Kearney with
Starry Constellation Magazine. Please proceed.
Kearney: Yes. Hello. Thank you so much for talking to me
You know, every year the ratings climb for
the national dog show. What is it that makes the show so
popular with dog lovers?
John O'Hurley: I’ll be the
first one to answer. Sure. I think there’s something in it
for everybody here. And there isn’t much programming anymore
that really hits all of - it hits all of our mass audience
from 4 to 94.
This is something that everybody can
watch. It’s a friend to everybody. It’s wonderful family
entertainment on the best family day of the year.
Kelly Kearney: I agree. And anything about this year’s
favorite breed to win this year? I know last year Brussels
Griffon won. What’s the favorite this year to win?
David Frei: Well it’s hard to say. We need to say - see who
shows up, you know, for one thing. A lot of times dogs can
enter and then they may enter several shows on the same day
and decide to go different places.
But I think this
year we’re going to see the two top Terriers in the country.
I know I’m told this is their coming. So that’s always a
great battle, because the Terriers are such great little
show dogs and these are two dogs that have been very
successful and they’re both in the top 10 on the all breeds.
So Terriers are always dogs to watch.
But -- you
know what -- it’s a dog show and you got to show and we’ll
see who is going to have their day and their moment of
inspiration when the judge is looking at them.
Kearney: And, Mary, one more question. Which breed of dog do
you look forward to seeing each year?
Oh I’m a sucker for Terriers. I’m a - I love the whole
Terrier group and as David said it looks like we’re going to
have King, the guy - the dog who won best in show at the
Beverly Hills Dog show. Gabriel Rangel is a tremendous
trainer. And it sounds like King is going to try to win
another big title this year.
Kearney: Two majors in one year, right?
O'Hurley: That’s it. I mean he’s trying to become the first
dog to win national - nationally televised dog shows back to
Mary Carillo: Is that right? All right. So
John O'Hurley: Yes.
Carillo: …yes, I love Terriers. And they’re all gorgeous
dogs, but I’m a sucker for the Terriers.
O'Hurley: And as you may remember we televise the kennel
club of Beverly Hills back on Easter Sunday for the second
year, so that’s why it’s exciting to us.
Kearney: Well I look forward to watching it as well as the
rest of America. I know the ratings keep climbing every
year. And my personal favorite is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
I love the Corgis, but I look forward to the new breeds this
Mary Carillo: I think one of the reasons the
ratings continue to climb is that so many dogs now know how
to operate their remotes and I’ll tell you what, for animals
that lack an opposable thumb they really - they’ve really
helped our ratings.
John O'Hurley: They’ve jumped.
Kelly Kearney: Yes. Thank you. Thank you.
John O'Hurley: You know, I will say -- as a side note to
that -- one of the things that we enjoy the most about the
show is when people send us videos of their dogs watching
the show on television. It is remarkably funny to watch them
go up and actually assault or try to sniff the screen.
We had one video of one dog walking around to the back
of the screen looking for the dogs that are there.
Kelly Kearney: (unintelligible) funniest moment you’ve seen
in the past shows you guys hosted? Anyone, John, Mary,
David Frei: Well they do funny things all the
time. They want to interact with their people. And I always
say if dogs could talk they would say, “Me too. Me too.” So
they’re always looking for something to do that may not be
right in front of them and they may not care who’s holding
the other end of the leash. They’re kind of seeing what’s
going on with the dogs - with the other dogs in the ring and
the people outside the ring too. So it’s always kind of…
Mary Carillo: But, David, we lost Uno the Beagle this
year. And remember when he won the Westminster and there
were - his reaction made the whole of Madison Square Garden
collapse in laughter in applause.
Well thank you so much the three of you. I’m sure there’s
other reporters waiting to ask their questions.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of
Krista Chain with TV Megasite’s. Please proceed.
Krista Chain: Hi. How are you today?
We’re great. Thank you.
David Frei: Good.
Krista Chain: My question is are there any new breeds for us
to see this year?
John O'Hurley: We have two new
breeds this year. And every year they - we introduce new
breeds. And the reason they put new breeds in is to just
have me mess up the pronunciation of them.
been working for tirelessly for the last year on the name of
the two new breeds. And so I’m going to take the first crack
We have the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. The
Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. It’s a breed - it’s a - kind of a
medium size Dutch hunting dog.
And then we have the
Grand Besset Griffon Vendeen. That is a herding dog. That’s
- it is the larger version of the petite version of that.
What do you think of me, David?
That’s pretty good. You’re threatening my job security
though. You’re too good of pronouncing these names. Yes.
You’re right on it.
And I have to tell you that one
year at (unintelligible) I talked - I said, “This is the
PBGV, better known or known formally as the petite Basset
Griffon Vendeen. And (Mary), my partner, said, “My God,
you’re French is impeccable.” And I said, “You know, it’s
amazing, but my high school French teacher would be very
proud of me.” And that was like post high school 35 or 40
And the next day on Facebook I get a message
from Mrs. (Box) saying, “Comment allez-vous?” So it was -
it’s great fun.
Krista Chain: Okay. Great. I’ll look
forward to seeing the new breeds this year.
Frei: And I’m just - I want to say one thing about new
breeds too just to make it official. We call them new
breeds, but some of these breeds have been around for years.
Just that they’ve never had the following in this country.
They’ve never had enough of them. And when the AKC finally
recognizes them and makes them eligible for competition,
they’re new to the competition, but they’re not really new
breeds per say. They didn’t just show up out of nowhere.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of
Chloe Melas with CNN. Please proceed.
Chloe Melas :
Hi. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.
You know, your show brings so much joy to so many people
especially during a time where the country is so divided. Do
you - what - why do you think that so many people love
watching the show and do you think that this is the show
that people need now more than ever given the current
John O'Hurley: Well politics aside
I think it’s a - the dogs do - dogs do something for us that
nothing else can do, is that they round off the sharp edges
of the human experience.
Any time you’re with a dog
you’re the better version of yourself. So that when we are
doing this show and we have 2000 of the best dogs in the
country, we have 30,000 people perhaps at one point at any
time in the arena. Everybody is just being a better version
of themselves and you can feel the joy and the likeness of
being throughout the entire arena.
And of course
having Mary Carillo back there helps as well.
Carillo: I have to tell you, I understand the question.
Whether it’s about politics or religion of the country, but
I read somewhere -- it stuck with me forever -- I read
somewhere that when you die and you get to heaven every dog
you’ve ever had runs to greet you. And that -- I don’t know
-- for some reason that’s always made me smile and I happen
to believe that.
Chloe Melas : Oh I love that.
John O'Hurley: That’s a wonderful thought.
Frei: Dogs do have souls and they’re all going to be waiting
for us. Yes. That’s nice, Mary.
Mary Carillo: It’s
pretty to think so isn’t it?
Chloe Melas : Yes.
John O'Hurley: Absolutely.
Chloe Melas : That’s
wonderful. Thank you so much.
Operator: Our next
question comes from the line of Carol Bryant with Fidose of
Reality. Please proceed.
Carol Bryant: Hi, John,
David and Mary. Thanks for taking my…
David Frei: Hi.
Carol Bryant: Hi. And it is so good to
hear your voice. I’ve met you all in person. I adore you
And I’ll tell you what, my readers would not be
happy if I didn’t find out, A, what’s on (unintelligible)
your lives and which breed or group are each of you most
Mary Carillo: I’m answering quickly. I’m the
owner of two Terriers. And they - well I think our
personalities (unintelligible) very, very well.
Carol Bryant: Okay.
Mary Carillo: Yes. We’re busy.
We’re busy and animated, you know, pretty happy to be on the
planet. So that’s what I’ve got going right now.
Carol Bryant: Awesome. Okay.
David Frei: I have a
Cavalier, the first little dog I’ve ever had, a Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel from the toy group. And I have a
Brittany, following the Brittany’s of (Epson)’s past, but of
course they’re sporting dogs. A bird dog that (Grace) grew
up in a high rise in Manhattan, so her idea of a sporting -
of a game bird is a pigeon.
But they’re a great part
of my life. I had (Appian) hounds when I started. I loved
the athletic dogs, the hounds, the sporting dogs and all
dogs to a certain extent, but especially them. And I think,
you know, I always say that my - I always thought if I was
getting involved in dogs and growing up and going through
school that my career path was aligned with astro turf and
that I was going to be a football coach or something. But
since I got involved with dogs I’ve find that my career path
is aligned with wee-wee pads and my dogs have made my life
Carol Bryant: Nice. Nice.
John O'Hurley: Well I have three at home actually. And
the first is the cousin of the Cavalier King Charles that
David has. We came from the same breeder. It’s a beautiful
little dog named Sadie May. And then we have a - I have a
Havanese, which is a breed that we liked very much. And --
again -- it was through David’s influence that we found to
have a Havanese and it’s a wonderful family dog. I love them
the breed, especially for that reason.
And then on
top of that I did have an opportunity to open the humane
society structure out in the - the state of the art one they
have in St. Louis and I -- low and behold -- came home with
a rescue from there
And it was quite a nice story.
The dog burrowed itself into my jacket as I was making my
remarks to the press and by the end I just lifted my lapel
and said, “Would anybody like to go to Beverly Hills?” And
so she followed me home.
Woman: Oh wow.
O'Hurley: And she’s changed the energy in our home ever
since. Her name is Charlotte and she’s - she is a mixed
breed and then I don’t mean just a mixed breed, I mean a
really mixed breed. We had the DNA done for her and I got to
tell you I think somebody swam out to meet this - somebody
swam out to meet the navy ship, because I have never seen
more cross breeds in one dogs.
Mary Carillo: Oh my
Carol Bryant: Nice. Nice. Well I’ll tell
you I think, especially my fans, they tune in for the dogs
that they say for the three of you you’re personalities. So
thanks for answering my questions.
ladies and gentlemen as a reminder to register for a
question please press the 1 followed by the 4.
next question comes from the line of Marty van Duyne with
(Nez) (Sic) - News Net News. Please proceed.
van Duyne: Hi there. That was really, really close for a
Dutch pronunciation of that and, David, I’d like to
(unintelligible) just being of Dutch heritage myself and my
Dutch really is not very good. My French is much better
actually. But you did a very good job on pronouncing the
name of that new Dutch dog that we’ve got here.
David Frei: Thank you. Thank you.
Marty van Duyne:
So a pat on the back for that one, David.
Frei: Thank you.
Marty van Duyne: I have a question
for all three of you. I’m going to go back to Mary first.
Number one, Mary thank you for sharing that story, that -
about the dog. It sets the story of rainbow bridge that was
passed down by an old shaman many years ago. And so when I -
any time our dogs pass they go up to the meadow on the other
side of rainbow bridge where they are complete and whole and
running around like puppies and having a grand ole time just
waiting for us to get there. So that is a beautiful story.
Mary Carillo: Yes.
Marty van Duyne: And
while we’re talking about beautiful stories with dogs I know
that you are one of the latest members of the Hall of Fame
and just out of curiosity -- little (unintelligible) on my
eye here -- I mean I know your work with tennis and the
Olympics and everything else. Everyone knows you for that.
But lots of people around the world also know you were being
on this dog show. So you think that has something, a little
bit of extra help to get into that Hall of Fame honor?
Mary Carillo: I -- again -- I think dogs are allowed to
vote now or something. I think my fan base has expanded over
I will tell you a story and I know I’ve
told it to David. I was at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and
I was running late to get to a studio and a producer friend
of mine said, “Hey, you have any interest in doing the
Westminster Dog Show?” I stopped and I went and I said, “If
you are serious absolutly - I would love it.”
got to - the first time I ever did a dog show I was lucky
enough to do it with David Frei. And the whole NBC crew who
has done it for a long while and they’re - were very, very
devoted to the shows we’ve put on.
And I have
absolutely - I - I’m astounded now. I worked for a bunch of
different networks and I -- as to your point -- I covered an
awful lot of sports. I’ve done - Tokyo 2020 Games will be my
15th Olympics, but I can’t tell you how often somebody stops
and tells me how much they love the dog shows.
nothing makes me smile more. I’ve just had a great, great
experience every time I’ve gotten to do one. And so -- yes
-- I’m really - I’m very, very proud of that work.
Marty van Duyne: Well thank you for answering my question on
that. We’re all enthusiastic to see you there too, because
you certainly add to the shows with Dave and John.
Mary Carillo: Awe, John and David, they’re as good as it
gets, to my mind. I can’t imagine doing it with anybody
else. I really mean that.
Marty van Duyne: Well you
make a great trio. I’d like to move on. Dave, I have a
question for you.
Can you please explain, I’m not
really sure I understand all of this about the dogs and so
two things that I’m seeing. I know you were just talking
about how you love when people send in their videos and that
and this is something about sending a meme (unintelligible)
pronounce that word right, you know. Since I’m an old person
and I don’t have any kids to explain some of this stuff to
me. I need some help from you.
David Frei: Let’s do
it. The memes are posters that are created to help promote
the dog show. I mean it’s also a chance for people to be
humorous and be funny and share their dogs doing funny
things and give us a little caption above and below, you
know, something like “quarterbacks are not the only ones
that are barking out signals on Thanksgiving Day.” And
things like that.
My dog - I got a picture of my dog
standing up at the tellers window in our local bank and I
captioned it, “I’d like to make a withdrawal please, because
I want to get my IRA to roll over.” So, you know, it’s
things like that…
John O'Hurley: Oh you are
David Frei: I am. Thank you very much.
I’ve been waiting to use that one for now a while.
Marty van Duyne: Right.
David Frei: But it’s our way
of telling people hold onto your remote at home. If there’s
football people in your home, hold onto the remote until
2:00. Stay with us until two. You can enter the meme contest
with - I’ve gone blank on the name of the…it’s called That
Dogs Until 2. Dogs Until 2.
Mary Carillo: And
there’s a $500…
David Frei: Sorry, pet radio. And…
Marty van Duyne: Oh okay.
David Frei: …there’s a
way to win $500 and a trip to the dog show next year. We’ll
bring you to the dog show if you’re chosen to be the best
one. So you have a great time with it. It’s fun. We want to
get people involved and think about keep that remote away
from those football guys, because they’re going to end up
watching the show and having as much fun with the dog show
that they will with any of these football games going on on
Marty van Duyne: Well I think
that’s a great idea. I mean…
Man: How quickly you’ve
turned on your first love, David.
David Frei: Well
my dog - I like my dogs. I like dogs, because I like the
spontaneous celebrations they have in the ring. It’s not
some tribe dance they’ve been working on for months.
Mary Carillo: Well I - you know, I do let my dogs dress
up in this football jersey and you have (unintelligible)
football. But he definitely does that on other days. Not on
the national dog show day, because he’s watching all of
those dogs and trying to figure out where they are and not -
why they’re not walking around the house. So…
Frei: Well John and I both talk to our dogs during the
telecast and we know they’re home watching us and so we - I
said, “Angel, I hope you’re watching that.”, or, “I hope you
heard that story, Grace.” And we have some great time with
Marty van Duyne: I’d like to move on to a
question for John now. I think it’s been about 10 years ago
now and that you always said that this is your favorite
Saturday of the year when you come in to do this show. So is
this still your favorite Saturday of the year?
O'Hurley: It sure is.
Marty van Duyne: And you’ve
got that great book that you put out about the perfect dog.
And this is - I mean you always just look so - I mean you
always look tremendous anyway, but you just look so happy
along with David and Mary. It’s kind of like the smiles are
And why do you love this so much?
John O'Hurley: Well this is, you know -- again -- it’s
the great family day and I always have my family there. My
wife and my son, they have, you know, we have grown up with
the dog show and every year we spent our Thanksgiving with
And my son is grown up over this, 12 years now,
kind of living back stage at the dog show and it’s been
wonderful to watch him grow in appreciation for what we do
and grow in his love for dogs.
And also help out a
little bit with some of the broadcasting. Every now and then
we - we’d pitch to him for a little bit of a little side
bar, a little bit of an interstitial. So it’s been fun to
watch him participate and grow in this wonderful day that we
David Frei: I think John - I think
you you had brought Lisa to the dog show the year Will may
have been born…
John O'Hurley: At the dog show.
David Frei: It’s pretty close to his birthday. It’s
pretty close to that.
John O'Hurley: Actually it
truly is. He was - it was only one week later that he was
David Frei: Yes. I want to do one thing to -
to just get the name straight. It’s PetLife Radio,
(petliferadio.com/dogsuntil2). If you want to get in on the
meme contest. Our friends at Pet Life Radio, dear friends of
mine. I just went blank for the moment. It’s after
thirty-some years of dog shows on T.V. I guess it’s - I
can’t keep them all straight, but great friends of ours.
Marty van Duyne: Well I want to thank you all for taking
my questions. I - you know, I certainly enjoy doing this
press conference with you every year. But I mostly enjoy
getting to see all of you up there in Philadelphia and I’m
praying we don’t get snow this year.
our next question comes from the line of Sophia Woody with
NBC News. Please proceed.
Sophia Woody: Hi. Thank
you so much for taking my question.
My question is
what is the atmosphere like backstage and behind the scenes
of the show?
Mary Carillo: I’ll take that first only
because that’s where I live during these - during the -
these dog shows.
It’s, you know, the benched show is
not every dog show features the benching area where, you
know, spectators can go back there and watch the dogs
getting groomed, getting ready. It’s remarkable.
mean I - there’s - our entries this year, the - it’s like a
couple of thousand dogs. I mean that - they are so beautiful
and so well mannered, you know, there’s not a lot of crazy
barking and, you know, there’s - they’re all beautifully
And just to watch how calm they are. A lot
of them are, you know, they’re in their boxes sleeping, you
know, taking it easy even when they’re getting groomed and
fussed over. The - they’re always willing to give you a lick
if you wander over there and ask about them.
it’s a beautiful atmosphere. It really is. And it’s nice,
because, you know, they’re - they tend to be clustered,
like, all the, you know, all the (Pommies) are in one group
or the Bichons are in another. They’re all - they are kind
of all clustered together.
So you get to really
study them. And, you know, get a chance to see, you know,
how they are grouped. How they are trained. It’s - I - for
somebody - if you’re all interested in dog shows I would
recommend going back into the benching 100%, because it’s
really - it’s educational and it’s beautiful and the
trainers or the owners who handle this -- whoever’s back
there -- they - they’re very patient with your questions.
They want you to know about their dog, about that breed, you
know? They want to answer your questions, you know. They’re
proud of their pooches and they show it. It’s lovely.
Sophia Woody: Oh that’s great. Thank you so much.
I do have one other question. All of you have, you know,
hosted dog shows before. John and David together for a while
and, Mary, you’ve done the Westminster dog show also with
David. So I’m wondering how would you describe the dynamic
between all of you as your hosting together?
Frei: Well I think it’s great, because we all share this
great affection for these dogs in our lives and it’s also
fun, because we understand what it’s like to be a dog owner.
Where somebody comes - when you’re walking down the street
with your dog and somebody comes over to you and says, “Oh,
Angel, Angel, Angel, how you doing?” And they look up at me
and say, “How you doing?”, like as - I’m an afterthought.
So we all understand the - it - the shows about the
dogs. The dogs are the stars and we’re just there to carry
John O'Hurley: Yes. I echo that. I
Sophia Woody: Yes. Well that’s great.
John O'Hurley: We live in their shadow for one day of
Sophia Woody: Yes. Well thank you so much.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line
of Joanne Anderson with Battle of Babylon. Please proceed.
Joanne Anderson: Hi. Hi everyone. And I’m blessed
(unintelligible). Hi. First, David, I have a little question
for you. Did you think of the IRA thing yourself? The
rollover - IRA rollover. Was that yours?
Well does it sound like something I needed help with?
Joanne Anderson: …credit for that? No it doesn’t. That’s
why I said that.
No - and just to follow up on what
you just said about the people know the dogs. I’m absolutely
amazed when someone recognizes me without an afghan and they
know who I am. Because I didn’t think anybody ever thought
there was anybody there. You know, it’s just like so, so
But on the press release -- if I read it
correctly -- there’s a show after the show where there’ll be
more - some of the former champions? Is that what it said?
It said there’d be a - there’s another show where champions
from 2013 on will be featured or did I read that wrong?
John O'Hurley: No. I don’t think so.
Anderson: Is that what it is? What is this - the two -
what’s the 2:00 thing? That’s the 2:00 show?
Lewis: Joanne, this is Erika.
Joanne Anderson: Yes?
There was another thing in the press release about former
champions being there, former best in shows? Or did I read
it wrong? Erika?
John O'Hurley: I think you may have
read it wrong.
Erika Lewis: Yes. Hi. So what that
meant on NBC Sports Network they will run a marathon after
the show - of past dog shows.
Joanne Anderson: Okay.
And the - and my last question is the charity -- part of the
Tony Larussa charity -- that’s on - that started already,
right? That’s been going all month? The - where you post
your picture and it’s - and…
John O'Hurley: Yes.
Joanne Anderson: …you post your picture on either
Facebook, right? That’s going on?
Now is for that -
it’s - they - they’re giving a contribution for each post
that they use, right? That’s how it’s working? Erika, do you
know what I’m talking…
David Frei: No. I think it’s
Joanne Anderson: …that they use on Twitter,
Instagram or that - and then a dollar goes to his charity,
his veteran’s charity?
David Frei: Yes.
Joanne Anderson: That’s lovely. Really nice. And that’s -
and that’ll go - that goes until the day of the show I
imagine? Until the day of the show?
John O'Hurley: I
think it actually goes a little beyond that as well. So…
Joanne Anderson: Right. That’s just a nice thing for all
of us to promote, you know…
John O'Hurley: Yes. It
Joanne Anderson: …now that - we can start
promoting it right now, because - well it will be -
wonderful charity. But thank you very much and good luck
with your pronunciations and keeping better. I think we
should - on the air we should sell the Dutch breed -- okay
-- on air, because that…
O'Hurley: (Unintelligible) you all may not know this, but
Joanne is a retired school teacher, so she’s often
correcting grammar and…
Mary Carillo: But she’s
grading us? Is that what you’re saying?
Anderson: Yes. I - yes.
David Frei: She’s grading
John O'Hurley: … every word of our press
Joanne Anderson: Right. Right. But it -
and I could ask you to spell it now, but I know all three of
you would cheat, so I’m not asking. You have it right in
front of you.
John O'Hurley: We’re people of
Joanne Anderson: Yes. I know. They just
make it harder every year. I don’t think that - I don’t
think they could make one harder than this one though to
John O'Hurley: Well we got Azawakh. We
got the Azawakh next year.
Joanne Anderson: True.
John O'Hurley: We’ll see what we do with that.
Joanne Anderson: Yes. That’s true. Right. Right. Thank
you. Okay. Bye. Bye.
Operator: Our next question
comes from the line of Marty van Duyne with News Net News.
Marty van Duyne: Hi guys. You
thought you got rid of me, but I’m back again. David, you
just got a big honor this year with the Dog Writer’s
Association of America didn’t you? Can you tell us about
David Frei: Well I was honored. I was honored
to be inducted into the Dog Writers of America Hall of Fame.
And it’s kind of cool to see that Mary got inducted into the
Sports Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame as well. I think now that,
you know, once we got her doing the dog show they got her
into the Hall of Fame. So I think that - she had a great -
she - she’s still in the midst of - I don’t want to make it
sound like she’s going down. But she’s…I think she’s going
in with Bob Costas for God sake. So you know, the people
that she’s rubbing shoulders there is very cool. So we’re
very proud of Mary. We’re really proud of the whole team.
John, you know, has won every award there is to win in the
world of - in the showbiz world with his Tony Awards and the
Emmys and the awards that they get for Seinfeld and all the
other shows that he does. So we are a star studded group.
But this one day of the year we’re not the stars.
Again, the dogs are. So we’re just there to do what we can.
Marty van Duyne: And I did - I am a (Sky Warren)’s
spotter. I did check the weather and it now says that snow
storms are going to be out of here before then and it says,
“Mostly sunny.”, for Saturday. So the - it’s not going to
rain on your parade as it were.
That’s great news.
Marty van Duyne: I - I’m really -
I’m glad Mary mentioned something about being back stage and
behind the scenes. And one of the things that I think people
really need to understand and I tell folks out of all the
dog shows this is one of my most favorite ones to come to,
because people decorate their benching areas and all kinds
of great things. It’s - and then you have - Purina generally
does that - the little show with the dogs that do all of the
acrobatic things that (unintelligible)…
O'Hurley: The agility, yes.
Marty van Duyne:
…(unintelligible) the agility thing and all of the tricks
and that that these dogs do that - and most of them are all
rescue dogs. And these are the things that I tell people,
you know, “This show is probably the best way to get your
money’s worth of entertainment.”, to go and get a ticket to
this and you spend the whole day there with your family.
There are so many things to do at that show. It is just
absolutely the best.
And then the best part, of
course, is at the end of the day when they get to see you
guys do the thing with the best in show dog.
wanted to share that…
Mary Carillo: No. I agree with
you. It’s got, like, a country fair atmosphere to it doesn’t
Marty van Duyne: Absolutely. It’s not - you
know, some of the other shows you go to and it’s like you
just see the dogs in the ring. And this has got so many
other aspects of things that you can do and then there -
there’s so many things that are around the show too, the,
you know, the night before the (unintelligible) left or the
Ronald McDonald house and then you’ve got - John, I guess is
- that theatre is doing the play of your book again this
John O'Hurley: They do. Yes. They’re doing The
Perfect Dog Thursday night.
Marty van Duyne: Right.
And it’s just - this is just something that is just such
wonderful family entertainment and it’s (unintelligible) and
it’s - that part of our - it’s just such a beautiful part of
our country up there too in that area of Philadelphia,
so…again -- thank you for what you do guys every year with
this, because it’s - it is - it may be for - John, maybe for
10 years it’s been your best Saturday of the year. That - my
best Saturday of the year also.
John O'Hurley: Awe,
that’s great news.
Operator: And there are no
further questions at this time.
Erika Lewis: This is
Erika. Thank you very much everyone for joining us.
David Frei: Thank you all.
Erika Lewis: I just
wanted to clear up the social media contest really fast.
Fans can post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram why
you’re thankful for your dog and you use the hashtag
#DogThanking and tag @Purina. And for every one of those
posts between November 9th and 25th, Purina will donate one
dollar to Tony LaRussa’s animal rescue foundation.
And the other contest…
Mary Carillo: Nice.
Erika Lewis: …is the Pet Life radio contest. And that’s the
Dogs until 2 meme contest. So you can submit your meme
showing why you should watch dogs until two with your dog,
and you could win $500 or a trip to the dog show.
those are the two different contests. And we hope you will
all join in. And I want to say thank you to Mary and John
and David for your time today. And please watch the dog show
on Thanksgiving at noon.
Mary Carillo: Thank you.
David Frei: Thank you everybody.
Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the conference call
Back to the Main Articles
Back to the Main Primetime TV Page
We need more episode guide recap writers, article
writers, MS FrontPage and Web Expression users, graphics designers, and more, so
please email us
if you can help out! More volunteers always
Page updated 11/19/18