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Interview with John O’Hurley and David
Frei of ""The National Dog Show" on NBC 11/10/16
NBC UNIVERSAL Moderator: Erica Lewis
November 10, 2016
10:00 am CT
Operator: Ladies and
gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to the
National Dog Show presented by Purina, Press and Media
Conference Call. I will now like to turn the conference over
to Erica Lewis from NBC Universal. Please go ahead ma’am.
Erica Lewis: Hi, good morning, good
afternoon everyone, and thank you for joining today’s call
for the National Dog Show presented by Purina. We’re
celebrating the show’s 15th broadcast on NBC this
Thanksgiving Day and we’re very happy to have cohosts John
O’Hurley and David Frei with us to answer your questions.
Please feel free to ask two questions during your turn and
you may rejoin the queue if you have any more. And we’ll get
ready with the first question. Thank you all.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen to register
for a question that is the one four on your telephone. Our
first question comes from the line of Jay Jacobs from
PopEntertainment. Please go ahead sir.
Jacobs: Hi. Nice to talk to you guys gain.
David Frei: Thank you. How are you?
Jay Jacobs: Good, good. A few years ago, when I spoke with
you we were discussing the old W.C. Fields line that you
should never work with children and animals because they
always steal the spotlight from you. So, have you guys had
any situations in the show recently that where the spotlight
John O’Hurley: Well,
let’s see. You know, we had my son on last year on the show,
and they mic’d him up for a segment that we were doing on
why we were thankful for dogs. Well, he happened to have a
dear – a little school friend accompanying him for the day
at the National Dog Show and so once he finished his little
piece about thanking dogs he as he’s taking the mic off he
turns to his friend and goes, “This is pretty much my life.
This is pretty much every day.”
Jay Jacobs: How
about you David? Did you have any?
David Frei: Well,
we just did a press event today for the Kennel Club of
Philadelphia show which is the National Dog Show and we did
it at the Pet Plan Offices – Pet Plan Health Insurance
offices and they brought in a classroom of probably first
graders and they were there with all the dogs that we had --
the new breed dogs and the therapy dogs that are part of the
National Dog Show therapy ambassador therapy dog team -- and
so - I was the MC and I guarantee you there weren’t many
pictures taken of me today.
It was all the dogs and
the kids, so it’s great fun. And, of course, that’s what
it’s all about is dogs and kids -- so we have a great time.
John O’Hurley: It is. In fact, actually I would say that
one of the on-camera pieces that we did last year, David,
you and I were upstaged by the bloodhound.
Frei: Yes, that’s true.
John O’Hurley: He was licking
you all over the place towards the – during the spot, yes.
David Frei: As Mary Carillo once said about the
Olympics, it’s the only sport that she covers where the
competitors lick her.
Jay Jacobs: Now as a native
Philadelphian we’re very proud of the dog show. How involved
is the community been in the show? And also, did you - do
you guys get any time to see any of our city while you’re
John O’Hurley: Well, I, yes, I have enjoyed all
15 years for the reason that we are there are in
Philadelphia. I think it’s one of the most beautiful cities.
I love the increased renovation that they’ve been undergoing
there and restoring a lot of their historical – the history
of the community. And regarding the response to the show,
now that we have a permanent home out there at the – in
Oaks, Pennsylvania we have found that the audiences are –
they grow every year.
Jay Jacobs: Right.
John O’Hurley: We have upwards of 30,000 people a day that come
through there and it’s wonderful and they’ve got the idea
that a benched show like ours is a place that children will
have a full day of fun and that’s what they – that seems to
be the way that it’s grown.
David Frei: Hey the other
thing is too that it’s - this has become the month that has
been declared, “National Dog Show Month” in Philadelphia so
we know we’re well received and not just from the crowds
that come to see us at the show, but in terms of the
community and media involvement and things. People are
excited to see us and excited to be a part of what we’re
Operator: Our next question comes from the
line of Dave Leonardi with News. Please proceed with your
Dave Leonardi: Hi John. Good to hear your
voice again and David nice to be talking to you as well.
David Frei: Well, thank you.
Dave Leonardi: My
question is a very - you’re welcome. My question is very
simply, “How is the Beverly Hills Dog Show going to be
different from the National Dog Show?”
Well, I will say straight out that David and I have had a
lot of hands on a lot of this - the birth of the Beverly
Hills Dog Show. We wanted to look different, everybody wants
it to look different, and they want it to be kind of the
promise of what Beverly Hills would bring to the dog show
world. There’s been a whole redesign of the staging that
David Frei: Okay.
John O’Hurley: …and
it will be much more – it will be -- I hate to use this word
-- but it’ll be much more “Victoria’s Secret Runway”. It’ll
have that feel to it. We’re going to – we’ll take advantage
of the surroundings in Beverly Hills and it’s going to have
a little bit of the favor and the flavor and the splash of
what you’d hope a – an event in Hollywood would be like.
Jay Jacobs: Do you think it will be benched as well?
David Frei: No, it is not a benched dog show. It’s
California style. We’ll all come and enjoy it. It’s at a
fairgrounds location. And the people of Beverly Hills has
been very embracing of what we’re doing as well, so we think
it’ll be great fun for everybody and we hope that we can
communicate that on the telecast.
Jay Jacobs: Oh,
well, great. Thank you very much and…
Okay. And one more thing about that too is the show is
telecast on USA Network in its original telecast and then is
repeated a week later NBC.
Operator: Our next
question comes from the line of Lorry Young with WOND Radio
New Jersey, A Paws For Your Pet. Please go ahead.
Lorry Young: Hi David. Hi John. How are you today?
John O’Hurley: Hi Lorry.
David Frei: Very well.
Lorry Young: All right, I’d like to ask both of you
gentlemen if you’d like to each take a big piece of this.
This is the 15th year anniversary of the National Dog Show.
Am I correct in saying so?
John O’Hurley: Yes, that’s
David Frei: It is, and I think that’s our
crystal anniversary and I hope John’s picking out some nice
piece of crystal for me.
John O’Hurley: I would find
the lists (unintelligible). I don’t know. My chronologically
said, “Paper Mache”.
Lorry Young: Right, right, or
some cannoli’s John as I think that would go over very well.
To both of you gentlemen, what do you tribute the
fascination of people of the public in watching man’s best
friend compete over and over again these wonderful shows?
Why do you think we are -- and I’m one of them -- so
fascinated with the shows?
John O’Hurley: Well, I
think – I’ll answer first, David. I think - my perspective
is just a television viewer I think if you have the remote
in your hands and you’re not used to what dog shows are and
you just happen to be flipping through the channels, the
moment that it lands upon the National Dog Show and you see
the close-up faces of all of these dogs the expressions and
the fact that they are beautiful representatives of their --
their particular breed -- you stop.
You stop and you
watch and you get glued to it and you continue to watch it
and you find yourself an hour or two into it and it’s just
very compelling television from that. There’s something
about the look of a dog’s face that I think is just a very
compelling thing. Now add to that that we have so many loyal
viewers because we have so many loyal dog owners that have
the, as David refers to it, “the altar mater factor” sitting
there on the couch next to them.
And not only that,
people, you know, that love certain breeds of dogs -- so we
have a wonderful built-in audience of dog lovers all across
the nation. And again, I think it’s compelling television
that when you go channel surfing it’s anytime you see the
close-up of a dog you’re going to stop.
Yes, especially if it’s our breed that we have. That we are
pet-parents too. Absolutely. We’re always (unintelligible).
John O’Hurley: And what is your breed?
Young: Well, it was. Yes, I lost him two years ago. German
Shephard and Basset Hounds all my life. Yes, so…
O’Hurley: Oh, uh huh.
Lorry Young: I have opposite
ends of the spectrum, John.
John O’Hurley: Yes, they
Lorry Young: Yes, they are. Yes, they are.
One, you know, you become a food slave to one and the other
one is, you know, “What can I do for you constantly,” with
the German shepherd.
John O’Hurley: Yes, yes.
Lorry Young: David - yes, thank you John. Thank you so much.
That’s great input. David, what is your take on that? I know
that you’ve been doing this also for a very long time, you
know, as the host of Westminster Dog Show and what do you
feel our fascination is? There’s always a click to, you
know, to that.
David Frei: Well, our dogs are now
members of our family. We used to have dogs that do work for
us whether it was herd our animals or get the rats out of
our kitchen or pull a cart or something like that and
nowadays they don’t need to do that. We keep them because of
those unique temperaments and personalities that were
developed because of the things that they were bred to do
and they become members of our family. You know, it’s not
just open the door and let them out, it’s let’s go for a
walk together. And I think when people are watching us on
television they have that same feeling as John talked about
– talking about the alma matter factor, but I also think
that just the fact that our dogs do the same – that our dogs
that they see in the dog show do the same things at home
that your dog is doing at home and we want you to relate to
that and have this be a celebration of the dog in your life
whether they’re a purebred dog or a mixed breed dog or a cat
even -- we let the cats in there sometimes too -- but it’s
great fun for us all in that respect.
And we’ll sit
there with our Britney on the couch and say, “You know what?
Grace, we’re going to root for the Britney today because I
know you and I can be out there and we can be doing just as
well if I gave you a bath once a month instead of once every
six months and maybe we both did a little roadwork,” so in
that respect and it’s easy to relate too.
Young: Thank you. To both of you gentlemen the wonder of
therapy dogs. I think a lot of the public do not realize how
many of these wonderful breeds, how many of these wonderful
dogs do therapy work whether it’d be Ronald McDonald house
or hospital – other hospitals. David and I we did the
Hackensack DOG hospital up in North Jersey which was
Ronald McDonald house. I know you
gentleman are quite involved in that. Can you tell me – tell
us a little bit about, you know, the job of therapy dog and
how these dogs acquire that and, you know, what it takes for
them to become a therapy dog? They’re not just beautiful
specimens of their breed, but they’re – they give back to
children and adults.
David Frei: Well, it’s a natural
thing for dogs. You know, they are spontaneous, they have
unconditional love where they’re universally accepting of
everybody and when a dog walks into the room the energy
changes, people smile, they talk, they do things maybe that
get their mind off any problems they might have and I think
we can bring you a little bit of that on television when you
see the dog on TV, you can’t help but smile and think about
the great things that they do for you every day. And John
has written books about this stuff now that he’s learned all
about them too and he’s been a great advocate for therapy
dogs. He’s come to the Ronald McDonald house and performed,
if you will, with therapy dogs there with him as he reads
his book about “The Perfect Dog” to them.
Lorry Young: John, what is your book? What is the title of your
John O’Hurley: Well, the title of the – I have
several that I’ve written - three now…
John O’Hurley: …two that are more
autobiographical that one is called, “It’s Okay to Miss the
Bed on the First Jump and the Other Life Lessons I’ve
Learned from my Dogs”. The follow-up book to that was,
“Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do
It.” And then I wrote a children’s book that came out. It
was a poem. Kind of a Dr. Seuss style book that I wrote. It
was a poem called “The Perfect Dog” that ends with the line,
“The dog that is perfect is the one next to you.”
Lorry Young: Awesome.
John O’Hurley: And that has and
oddly enough that has now been become a musical which is now
being performed at the Children’s Theater there in
Philadelphia the weekend before the National Dog Show so
it’s going to be a wonderful – It’s now all over the world
now. The musical has become quite popular, so it’s a lot of
Lorry Young: And the last question for both of
you gentlemen is that Beverly Hills Dog Show this is going
to be exciting. How did this concept transpire? Now this is
also – this is sponsored by Purina. Am I correct in saying
John O’Hurley: They are joining us as well, yes.
Lorry Young: Wonderful. How did the show transpire? How
did you gentlemen get together and say, “This would be an
awesome dog show to have?”
David Frei: The basic
background is that there were the three major dog shows they
were all east coast based -- the Westminster Kennel Club,
the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, and the AKC National
Championship in Orlando FLorryda. So it made sense to look
to the west when NBC - when the contract at the NBC and USA
Network ended with Westminster they said, “What are we going
to do for this?” and they chose Beverly Hills partly because
it’s just down the street from where John lives and we knew
they could commit him right away and we thought it would be
fun to be there with the celebrities and having a nice, warm
weather climate to do a dog show in and John I know is very
excited to have that be there in his backyard.
O’Hurley: I, you know, I truly am and only because when you
say, “The Beverly Hills Dog Show’ you immediately smile, and
I think there’s just – I think there’s an inherent
expectation of it being a really interesting or really
interesting potential from the show and we certainly hope to
deliver on it, but I also think what’s really magical about
the show is that if we found another time of the year --
Easter Sunday -- which is another one of those kind of
family times of the year, we don’t have a lot of sporting –
there’s not a lot of sports to conflict, there’s not a lot
of – there’s not a lot of other programming on and so it’s a
wonderful day of the year.
Also, and in many
respects a family day, Easter Sunday, so we almost found a
similar ground to what Thanksgiving is and it will give us
hopefully a great audience – a great viewing audience --
although, we’re – we are going to be in the evening.
Lorry Young: When is the date? Easter Sunday of this year
David Frei: Easter Sunday April 16 this year.
Lorry Young: Okay.
David Frei: And the show
itself is shot in March in California -- on March 4 -- and
we’ll add to it and create a nice television event for
Lorry Young: Well, I can’t think of two
better gentlemen to host that than both of you. You guys do
an awesome job with the National Dog Show. Everybody tunes
in just to watch you. And, of course, the dogs we know are
the stars all the time. Thank you, David, thank you John.
Good luck to both of you…
Operator: Ladies and
gentlemen as a reminder to register for a question, that is
the one four. Our next question comes from the line of Marty
Van Duyne with News Net News, Pet Writer Chain of Virginia
Weeklies. Please go ahead sir.
Marty Van Duyne: Hi,
this is Marty. Hi David, hi John.
David Frei: Hi Marty.
Marty Van Duyne:
As the last person growing up the Beverly Hills show. Can
you tell me what celebrities we can expect to see out there
and then, you know, Beverly Hills is close to Hollywood.
You’re going to have a lot of star power out there.
David Frei: Is involved in the show and ask John. He’s -
who’s become a celebrity who’s more identified with dogs in
this country than John O’Hurley. We’re lucky to have him
with and we’ll hopefully bring along a few of his friends as
John O’Hurley: Yes, without revealing names, we
will have a celebrity involvement.
Marty Van Duyne:
Besides you John there’ll be another celebrity besides you
John O’Hurley: We hope we’ll have many.
Marty Van Duyne: You two are the biggest stars when it
comes to dogs. You know that, right? I mean the whole world
knows that. All right, listen. Got another question for you.
David, maybe you can tell me can you tell me what’s certain
about his new breed that’s going to be here in Philadelphia
-- the one that looks like a little koala bear?
Frei: The pumi. The pumi John’s met the pumi also, but the
pumi looks more like a koala bear than any other breed of
dog. But it’s a little, curly black coated dog with – it
says in the standard it’s supposed to have a whimsical look
about it and it creates that with its facial expression and
its ears and John you’ve met the pumi as well.
O’Hurley: Oh, I did, yes. I have to tell you it became one
of my favorite little breeds. It’s – the texture of the coat
of a pumi is just extraordinary. It’s like a – just like a
wonderful, little curled pile rug you just want to stroke
the – you want to stroke it very – it’s just an adorable dog
and that you’re right, the face is just adorable.
Marty Van Duyne: Wow. That sounds like something you want to
snuggle up with like a – sort of lamb’s wool thing or
something. Hey John…
John O’Hurley: It’s a snuggler.
Marty Van Duyne: Speaking of star power, here in
Philadelphia at the gala the night before are you doing
another show for us?
John O’Hurley: I will be
entertaining. I’ll be doing a piece of my one man show that
I’ve been touring around the country and just finished here
in New York with on Broadway which is called, “A Man with
Standards” and I’ll be doing a segment of the show for that
on Friday night for the charity gala.
Duyne: Oh, that’s terrific. And your other show that you did
a little trailer, as it were, at the gala last year, is that
here in Philadelphia this year -- the full show?
O’Hurley: Yes. “The Perfect Dog” will have another
performance. I believe it’s going to be on November 12 at
the theater there. I don’t have the actual name of the
theater off the top of my head. I’m so sorry. I should. I
don’t have it, but I know it’s in the Philadelphia..
Marty Van Duyne: And David I know you do the things that
therapy dogs for the Ronald McDonald house and you had a big
thing at Pet Plan Insurance today a press preview -- so
those wonderful people there that do all kinds of nice,
charitable things. Can you give me a little bit background
David Frei: Well we’ve been involved through
with Steve Griffith leading the way. We created a therapy
dog ambassador program that goes along with the Kennel Club
of Philadelphia and the National Dog Show presented by
Purina and that has provided a lot of great experiences for
people who are in need of the things that therapy dog bring
us and it’s also brought some recognition to some wonderful
people who are very involved with their dogs in visiting at
healthcare facilities all over the country especially here
at the Ronald McDonald house in Philadelphia which is the
very first of 300 and some worldwide Ronald McDonald houses
to be formed so it’s great to have a partner like them in
what we do and to recognize their great work as well as the
great work of the therapy dogs and the people that visit
Marty Van Duyne: That’s terrific. And I do
involve therapy dogs all along with your anger program and
you have your own little dogs that do therapy work. Does
David Frei: My dogs do great
things for people and I’m lucky enough to be the guy that
brings them. They – I’m the transportation and the treat
carrier and they do the work. They do the work. I just try
to stay out of their way when they’re dealing with people.
Marty Van Duyne: That’s terrific. Well, you know, I
cannot wait for the Philly – for the show here in Philly and
the National Dog Show and really looking forward to this
thing in Beverly Hills because this something in the Spring
time for us to look forward too and yes, because that’s like
a big empty spot that time of the year -- so I think that’s
awesome and great that…
David Frei: And you’re
getting a bonus this year with John and his and his “The
Perfect Dog” at Center Theater in (Norris Town). He’s
actually not in it, but it’s his show and it’s a wonderful
show. They put it on for us at a gala here last year --
fundraising gala -- and as John has told you, it’s in a lot
of places around the world so it’s fun to have that.
Lorry Young: Yes, that is super. And John….
Frei: Yes, and it’s part of the National Dog Show in
Philadelphia celebration -- so it’s great to have it here.
Marty Van Duyne: Well, thank you so much guys. I just
can’t wait for the show here in Philla (sic) for the
National Dog Show within NBC and Purina. This is just, you
know, great event every year and it’s the best way, you know
after you got that turkey in the oven, you put your feet up
while it’s cooking and watch those dogs and thank you so
much for all you do for bringing that to us. You know,
absolutely love watching John O’Hurley and David Frei that
show with Mary Carillo. Looking forward to it guys.
Operator: Our next question is from Stephanie Piché From
Mingle Media TV. Please go – please proceed.
Stephanie Piché: I talked to you in the past about the
National Dog Show. One of my favorite times being a parent
to two fluffy children and my question for you for either
one of you is do you have some special stories that stick in
your mind from years past about dogs that you’ve met or
about things that have happened during the show?
O’Hurley: David, I’ll let you go first. I know you have
David Frei: Well, I – the great thing about the
dog show is that you get to see dogs being dogs and I’ve
said for all the years that I’ve done the previous dog show
on television and for the National Dog Show is that I want
people to know that the dogs that they see on television are
more than show dogs. They are real dogs shown by real people
and these dogs do the same things at home that your dog does
They steal food off the counters, they shed
on your black clothes and sleep on our couches and maybe
even drink out of a toilet once in a while, but the main
thing about the dog show coming in person and attending and
that you get to see all these athletes -- these canine
athletes -- up close and personal.
It’s the only
sport that I know of where you can go backstage and hug the
competitors. I don’t think you can go back and hug Tom Brady
just anytime at all. But it’s fun to be here and see all
these dogs that are the stars on television. And you can
come and hug John and me too, so we’re fine with that.
John O’Hurley: That’s the important part of the benched
show is that David and I have to remain there too so we are
just as huggable and just as approachable.
Piché: That’s fabulous. And so, have you - did you ever wish
an outcome would’ve been different of putting your hat on as
a judge maybe?
David Frei: Sure. It happens all the
time. I think it’s the beauty of dog shows is you can judge
from outside the ring and people sitting at home can root
for whatever dog they want for whatever reason they want. It
did something cute or it’s like my dog at home or it’s the
same color or I love that hair or it’s just did something
cute with somebody outside the stands.
But I’ll walk
around at a dog show and watch them judging and they’ll be
times that a judge points to a certain dog to win and I’d
say, “Why didn’t they pick this other dog?” and, you know,
it all depends on that one person. It’s not a vote or
anything and so that’s fun. I can like whatever dog I want
for whatever reason I want to.
John O’Hurley: But I
will add in that David’s eye is very good. It’s a very
trained eye. And he has taught me well. I have lived in his
shadow now for 15 years. However, I’m getting the point
where I’m just – I’m standing on my own right now. I’m
getting a much better eye. And I have a wonderful database
back in my grey matter there of dogs that I’ve seen of
certain breeds that I know – I can kind of set the standard
in my head and I can judge against them.
John, I have – have come to a very good eye and when we’re
sitting there watching and I say, “Who do your like?” he can
often come up with the right dog or dogs that should be
chosen from -- so, I’m proud of being his mentor in that
John O’Hurley: That is nice to see that the
way the show has grown is that you – for - I would say all
the dogs that you see have all been breed winners at one
point -- not just that day, but are constant breed winners
-- so we’re getting the best dogs in the country to come to
Stephanie Piché: Great. Well I’m looking
forward to it. Thanks so much for talking to me and
hopefully we’ll see you in March when you’re taping the
Beverly Hills show so take care.
Operator: We do have
a follow-up question from Jay Jacobs from PopEntertainment.
Jay Jacobs: Now there are so many adorable
breeds in the show and you guys are obviously both huge dog
lovers. I was just wondering what breeds do you guys live
with as family?
David Frei: …a Britney and a
Cavalier. I have a Britney named Grace who is a retired show
champion, but also a certified therapy dog and does lots of
therapy work. And my cavalier angel who’s dabbled in the
show world but has made her impact as a therapy dog too and
before that I had an afghan hound so those are my three
breeds on the record but you know what? I’m supposed to like
them all and I do.
Jay Jacobs: Okay. How about you
John O’Hurley: I have the cousin to David’s
cavalier. Her name is Sadie. Just about the same age. And
she is not – she has a little bit of an overbite, so she is
not show material but she doesn’t know that and we don’t
tell her. And I find that that’s healthy if she has the
healthier self-image. But the – but then we also have a
breed called a havanese which is a wonderful breed a little
larger than a Maltese would be and I have come to love that
breed as the absolute - if there is a perfect breed for
families that just want a good, family dog that is the one I
It’s just a – it’s such a nice,
docile addition to the family that will adopt to the energy
of the family and very easy – much more self-maintaining
then most dogs are.
Jay Jacobs: Terrific. And John I
can talk to you mentioning Mr. Peterman which is such a
beloved character. What was it like to be part of such an
iconic series? And do you feel that J. Peterman helped to
sort of make all the other things like the dog show or the
Fantastics -- which you’re going to be doing or
(unintelligible) --possible or Dancing with the Stars
possible for you?
John O’Hurley: Yes, I think if I
have to look back on the one brand that I was able to – the
“one belt loop I was able to slip my finger through” that
was probably the one that has carried me through my entire
career and I’m eternally grateful for being part of the
rumble line of people that have been able to make their life
and their livelihood off the series of Seinfeld and I do
just, you know, it was like playing with the championship
team in the championship season.
Jay Jacobs: All
right. Now David has, obviously, been involved with dog
shows for many years, but how did you first get involved
with the dog show world?
John O’Hurley: Well, this
came out of the movie, “Best in Show.” NBC sports took home
the tape of the show and watched it over the weekend, comes
back in Monday morning to NBC and says, “I know what we’re
going to do for that two-hour slot after theomachy’s
Thanksgiving parade right before football,” and he said
we’re going to do a dog show.” And they about laughed him
out of the office. But sure, enough by the end of the day he
had – he’d gotten the Kennel Club of Philadelphia he’d
gotten Purina as a sponsor and Tuesday morning he picked up
the phone and called me in Los Angelo’s and I answered the
phone and he said, “Woof woof”, and that’s how it all
Operator: Our next question comes from the
line of Cibelle Burgos with NBC News. Please proceed with
Cibelle Burgos: Hi John, hi David,
thank you for taking my question. My question is, “Can you
explain what happens behind the scenes and what the
experience is like during the competition?
O’Hurley: Sure. It’s a benched dog show so we see the dog in
the ring for two minutes, but it’s, you know, taken awhile
to get him to that point. For that some people, it’s a
lifetime of involvement with breeds, but, you know, there’s
conditioning and training roadwork grooming bathing and some
of that stuff goes on at the day of the show just as touchup
work to get dog ready for the ring then they must compete at
three different levels.
It’s like a in sports where
first they compete in the breed level if they win their
breed 190 202 breeds and varieties that are eligible they
win their breed they advance in to their group which there
are seven groups, if they win the group they advance into
the final seven the lineup for best in show so that’s the
way the dog show goes during the day and the rest of the
time the dogs when they’re not in the ring and they’re on
the bench and people can come up and talk to them and talk
to the people.
Cibelle Burgos: My next question is,
“What keeps you coming back after 15 years of hosting the
John O’Hurley: Well, it’s my favorite day of
the year and it’s become our family day as well. It’s – if
you had been in the room, every, I mean, I always believe
that dogs change the energy in a room so if you can imagine
2,000 dogs in an arena and everybody there has a smile on
Nobody is unhappy. You don’t see dog
fights. Everybody is just – the energy is so positive and in
enduring, I would say, for the entire day that it’s just a
joy to be there and it’s just infectious with everybody’s
always smiling and having a good time and the dogs are
having a great time. I mean, they don’t care who wins, but
they have, you know, it’s a chance for them to run around
the ring and get a few sniffs in.
Thank you so much. I look forward to watching.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line Sabine
Lavache with NBC. Please proceed with your question.
Sabine Lavache: Hi. Thank you so much for taking our call
today. I wanted to know can you tell us a little bit about
training goes into showing a dog and how much time is put
into it each day or each week?
John O’Hurley: Well,
it varies – it varies. It depends on the dog and not so much
just the breed, but the dog. It – some dogs are natural
showman, if you will, that are anxious to get out there and
doing something with the human that they love and I think
that makes it fun for them and it makes it a little easier
than if you must convince them that dog showing is fun and
that they want to be a part of it, but, you know, and then
it comes to grooming and conditioning.
Some dogs are
almost self-conditioning in terms of roadwork you know
running in the year or something but some dogs require a
concentrated effort so you put the dog in top physical shape
and then of course is the grooming. It’s going to be a lot
different than the American hairless terrier that we have
today as one of us in breeds that we have in
(unintelligible) and our show
John O’Hurley: You can
leave the hairdryer home for that one.
That’s right. And versus like an Afghan with its big mop
coat, but those are all things that people spend their time
working on and getting them ready for dog shows and just
generally being a part of the family.
Sabine Lavache: Okay, thank you so much.
Operator: We have
no further questions now. I’ll now turn the call back to Ms.
Lewis. Please continue with your presentation or closing
Erica Lewis: Hi, thank you. Guys before we
wrap up I just wanted – I know you just mentioned the
hairless terrier and you mentioned the pumi and those are
our new breeds for the show this year. Can you talk just a
little bit about them?
John O’Hurley: Sure. The
American hairless terrier is that it’s the terrier and it is
hairless. It’s down from the rat terrier people are familiar
with some of the terrier breeds, but it’s a small dog with a
wedge shape head pointed ears and no hair. They are born
with kind of a peach fuzz coat, but that goes away at about
four five weeks and they are quite hairless. They are a
whole different feel to put your hands on a dog and the only
come up with skin instead of hair your own coat.
Pumi the second breed we talked a little bit. It is a curly
coated black curly coated non-shedding dog with a great
whimsical expression. Ears that are kind of you know, placed
around the head and has a great look and a great attitude.
It’s a herding dog so it’s a very active athletic dog. Not
unlike the Puli we’ve seen the Puli the rock the dreads that
John loves so much and but it’s kind of a cousin of that
dog. But it looks kind of like a koala bear almost. If a
koala bear was a dog breed it would be a pumi.
then there’s a third new breed that we don’t seem to be able
to find one anywhere in this country. There’s a couple of
them around that I know of, but they’re kind of scattered
and we don’t have an entry of the Sloughi this year. It’s
the third in breed. It sorts of looks like a greyhound. It’s
kind of a northern African sort of native, if you will, and
looks a lot like cross mostly greyhound but a little bit of
sludge maybe you can see in it, but great athletic site
Erica Lewis: Perfect. Thank you so much. And
thank you John and David for your time today and thank you
everyone for participating and for your question. You can
watch the National Dog Show presented by Purina on
Thanksgiving Day at noon and all time zones and I hope
everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving.
John O’Hurley: Thank you Erica. Thanks,
everybody. We’ll talk soon.
Operator: Ladies and
gentlemen that does conclude the conference call for today.
We thank you for your participation and ask that you please
disconnect your line.
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