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Pet Age Magazine Pegs David Frei for Cover of November Issue


GREENSBORO, NC (October 26, 2022) — Pet Age magazine, the prominent pet industry trade journal, will feature The National Dog Show expert analyst David Frei on the cover of its upcoming November/December issue.

American Kennel Club (AKC)-licensed judge and former longtime host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network, David Frei is one of the most credible voices in dogdom. The former breeder/handler/owner has a bylined article in the issue about the phenomenon of the “Pandemic Puppy” and the pet industry’s emergence from two years of social isolation for humans and dogs.

A longtime member of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP), he was named Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the International Kennel Club of Chicago in May. He is also the founder of Angel on a Leash, the well-known therapy dog organization. He has written two books on the topic of his own therapy dogs and claimed two Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) awards. The 27-year face and voice of the Westminster Kennel Club, New York Magazine once called him “probably the most famous human in the world of canines.

He and his broadcast partner, John O’Hurley, will co-host The National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day, bringing America’s most popular dog show to a total audience of more than 20 million people.

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina has become a Thanksgiving tradition that’s beloved by pet parents across the globe,” said Glenn A. Polyn, editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Pet Age. “Pets and the National Dog Show are a major part of my life, so I take great pride in having David Frei, an expert dog show commentator who also is a well-respected figure in the companion animal community, contribute his article on pandemic puppies and his own experience adding True Dat to his family.

The Pet Age issue will be available digitally before the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia weekend November 19-20 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, PA. NBC will tape the Saturday show and air the two-hour special Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 pm in all time zones.

In the wake of the global pandemic, The National Dog Show will be the only “benched” show in America this year. A “benched” show requires dogs and handlers to situate in designated locations throughout the day so the public can meet them and learn about the breeds.

In line with the non-profit KCP’s educational mission, admission is just $16 for adults, $7 for children 4-11 and free for children 3 and under. Tickets and more information can be found at