August 14, 2015 | Posted in Reggie A HollyWOOF Star
He’s the nicest guy. He’s smart. He’s funny. He’s famous (I know what that feels like. Arf. ), and he’s “the voice” of the Westminster Kennel Club TV broadcasts on the USA channel.
Do you recognize him? Huh? Huh?
He’s my buddy David Frei, director of communications of the Westminster Kennel Club in New York.
He says he’s got the greatest job in the world, because he’s doing what he loves.
Yup. He loves us, arf!
And listen to this quote: “When a dog walks into a room, the energy changes,” says David. WOW. I love that. (See? I told you he was smart.)
We do have a unique energy of our own and it’s really so much simpler than the kind humans have. I’d call if “pure” . . . as in the need for food, water and shelter, sure; but it’s more than that.
It’s an intuition about humans; about loving them for who they are and letting them love us, in return.
“Pet therapy” are buzz words in the canine world, today. It will come as no surprise to you (look at that smile) that David has led pet therapy initiatives, literally from coast to coast.
He’s from Seattle , originally, where he grew up, went to school (adopted his first dog, an Afghan Hound) and began working in the broadcast industry. He worked with Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society, a pioneering organization in the dog/human/pet therapy connection) and moved to New York in 2002.
David and his wife, Cherilyn, a Catholic chaplain and director of family support for the Ronald McDonald House in New York, were the first to introduce therapy dogs into the noted facility. Amen to that!
David’s modesty and humor are humanly appealing. (Dogs like it, too. Woof!)
His work with therapy dogs (also as owner/breeder/ handler) has convinced him, time and time again, of the amazingly simplicity which characterizes the relationship between canines and humans. “People just feel better when they pet a dog,” he says. “I’m just the guy on the other end of the leash.”
With the Westminster Kennel Club, David helped to create Angel on a Leash, a charitable program supporting dog therapy at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. This initiative later became an independent charity, with David as founder/president. The compelling success of the program inspired him to write a book of the same name, available on Amazon.
I’m getting all my furry friends this wonderful book for Christmas! They’ve promised they will read it — and not tear it up — from cover to cover.