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Meet The Stars Of The Beverly Hills Dog Show 2019

It’s dog show time and an old saying goes, “Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.” W.R. Purche is spot on with this quote. Fidose of Reality invites you to curl up with your dogs on Easter Sunday, 2019, to witness some of those dogs as they compete for the top spot of Best In Show. You can impress your family and friends with the exclusive buzz in this post.

The Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina® airs on April 21, 2019, at 10 am PST/1 pm EST, and yours truly is working as a special social media correspondent for NBC to bring you dog lover insider scoop. The official hashtag for the show is #BHDogShow and for the fun contest, the hashtag is #EveryDogIsAStar. More about that soon. 

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Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBCUniversal

Once again this year, NBC brings John O’Hurley and David Frei, the co-hosts, and Mary Carillo, the features reporter, to California to be a part of this show, as they have been with the hugely successfully National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day for the past 17 years.

The dogs are the stars, but there will be some dog-loving Hollywood red carpet television and movie celebrities sprinkled in amongst the activities to bring a few more smiles to the event.

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Behind The Scenes At Beverly Hills Dog Show

In 2018, we flew out to Beverly Hills for an up close and personal look at this star-studded dog show. Seeing it in person allows us to bring you insider info, report on what goes on behind the scenes, and the added bonus of access to the furry and human celebrities.

This year, we’ve been given access to the canine newsmakers of the show. Whenever we attend a show or event, we like to learn as much as possible about the dogs. After all, the dogs are the true shining stars.

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Me and Mary Carillo.

We also get fan girlie for the show’s co-host, David Frei, and we know our followers enjoy David’s expertise, personality, and genuine love of dogs.

Here are things to watch for, including dogs making a difference, how to win autographed Beverly Hills Dog Show souvenirs, an invitation to a Facebook Live event with David Frei, and much more.

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Let’s get ready for glitz, glam, and dogs galore!

Is The Beverly Hills Dog Show Live On NBC?

What you see on Easter Sunday on NBC is the culmination of the live show which took place on March 2nd.

The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills hosted two of its own shows on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, with more than 1,500 dogs of some 200 breeds and varieties on site each day at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona.

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O’Hurley and Frei, ready to call the shots. Photo courtesy Diana Han

Will I See My Favorite Dog Breed On Television?

David Frei says it best, “Because of time constraints, we were are able to show you the walk and examinations of every dog in all seven groups on the telecast.”

Streaming video of all individual dogs in all seven groups and Best In Show will be posted on immediately following the television show on Easter Sunday, so you can see all of your favorites whether they make the televised portion or not.

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Talking dogs with David Frei.

Who Won The 2018 Beverly Hills Dog Show?

The Wire Fox Terrier, King, won Best in Show. The role of the terrier usually involves hunting vermin and varmints like rats, badgers, otters, and more.

Fun facts about King, this very handsome and winning Wire Fox Terrier include:

  • King won the Terrier group at the 2017 Beverly Hills Dog Show with handler, Gabriel Rangel.
  • Gabriel Rangel, is a familiar face to the dog show ring. This year, 2019, King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. In 2010, Rangel was the handler for Sadie, a Scottish terrier that won Best of Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show.

We met Rangel during one of his many dog show appearances and we were in Beverly Hills to see this cutie take best in show. Here is he winning the Terrier Group in 2018:

Terrier at Beverly Hills Dog Show
Photo credit: Diana Han/NorCalBulldogger

Who Are Some Of The Newsmaker Dogs Of The Show?

Costumed Canines

It’s not always business when it comes to the activities of the dogs in the show ring. For example, two adorable Dogues de Bordeaux pooches love to play dress up.

John and Catherine Baudoux of Henderson, Nevada, enjoying putting costumes on these giant French mastiffs. Here’s Miss Lucille and Mr. Ben.

Dogue De Bordeaux
Photo: Pinterest/Mastiff Forum

The Nose Knows

Forbes, the Skye Terrier, knew his owner, Ellen Hersey of Santa Monica, had cancer before she did. Prior to Hersey’s cancer surgery the dog suddenly refused to let her brush or bathe him. After Hersey’s surgery, the dog returned to his former sweet self. His official show name is GCH Seamist Knight and Day You Are the One, CGC.

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Photo courtesy Nicole Weingart, NBC

Rare Breed

Did you know there are more Giant Pandas in the world than Dandie Dinmont Terriers? Despite the low number of Dandies competing in the show ring today, Higgins earned his championship in only three shows, at the young age of six-and-a-half months. Winning Best of Winners at the Dandie Dinmont Terrier National is an accomplishment few dogs can claim. Official show name CH. King’s Mtn Henry Higgins.

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Photo courtesy Nicole Weingart, NBC

Double Duty Dog

Inside the show ring, dogs have one job. Look good for the judge. For Riley, a top ten winning Clumber Spaniel, pulling this off with pizazz is simple. When Riley and his owner-handler Lewis Franklin leave the ring, the dog’s real work begins. The Clumber Spaniel is a full-time service dog for Franklin, a retired First Sergeant who served two combat tours in Iraq and suffers from PTSD. Enabling Franklin to travel to conferences in New York, Washington D.C., Texas, and Florida, Riley also provided comfort and assurance to Franklin when he spoke at the Oregon State Capitol in support of veterans’ services. Official name GCHS Peppadew N Breakaways Talk of the Nation.

Wigglebutts Represented

It couldn’t possibly be a dog show without mentioning our beloved Cocker Spaniels. Fidose of Reality knows several breeder-owner-handlers of American Cocker Spaniels in this year’s Beverly Hills Dog Show.

Chadwick is the beautiful ASCOB (any solid color other than black) Cocker Spaniel of Nicole Tehranchi of Murrietta, California. His registered name is Wings ‘N’ Crazy Q’s Tribute and he won for Winner’s Dog at the show. Congratulations to him! Nicole and Chadwick took some time to pose on the red carpet, too.

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Nicole and her beautiful dog, Chadwick.

Christine and Danny Lockwood took part in the show with their beautiful Cockers, Orville and Wilbur. Orville is the black cocker, show name Wings ‘N’ Crazy Q’s The Sound of Applause. Wilbur is an ASCOB whose show name is Wings ‘N’ Crazy Q’s First Flight.

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Go Live With David Frei And Win Swag

If you’re anything like me, you can sit and listen to dog show announcer extraordinaire, David Frei, talk for hours on end. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 16th at 1 pm EST, where you can talk to David, ask questions, and enter to win swag! The event will take place on the Fidose of Reality Facebook page

David is well-known to millions of television viewers as the “Voice of the Westminster Kennel Club” as co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the famous dog show for 27 years (1990-2017), and as co-host on NBC of The National Dog Show presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day since its inception in 2002.

He now works as a consultant for NBC Sports, continuing his on-air and off-air roles for the National Dog Show and the Beverly Hills Dog Show.

We’ll have a fun conversation with David, get some scoop of who to watch for on the red carpet, and give away a few signed memorabilia items, too! Here is the video to watch: 

Celebrity Spotting

In addition to John O’Hurley, David Frei, and Mary Carillo, Maria Menounos will welcome two and four-legged celebrity guests on the red carpet, and “American Ninja Warrior” host Akbar Gbajabiamila will provide behind-the-scenes access as a digital contributor.

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John O’Hurley and me.


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Me with Gbajabiamila

This year’s dog-loving celebrity guests to look for ringside will include Mario Lopez, Ashley Tisdale, Shaun White, Bo Derek, Parveen Kaur, Michaela McManus, J.R. Ramirez, Melissa Roxburgh and Triple Crown-winning jockeys Victor Espinoza and Mike Smith.

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Mario Lopez with his cute kids. Photo credit Nicole Weingart NBC.

Last year, I had the opportunity to meet the famed actress, Bo Derek, in Beverly Hills.

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Me with Bo Derek

Here are a few exclusive photos courtesy Nicole Weingart, NBC.       

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Spaniels!!!! Photo courtesy Nicole Weingart – NBC.


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Working the red carpet. Photo courtesy Nicole Weingart – NBC.

 Make Your Dog A Star

If you want your dog to have a chance to appear on the Beverly Hills Dog Show on NBC on Easter Sunday, you can tweet and share photos on Instagram.

Post with hashtag #EveryDogIsAStar for a chance to be featured on NBC during the dog show. Some ideas include tricks, funny outfits, puppy fails, cute photos, etc. Photos or videos are accepted and be sure to use the hashtag #EveryDogIsAStar on Twitter and Instagram.

Mark Your Calendars

When: Easter Sunday, 04/21/19, at 10 am PST/1 pm EST

Where: NBC

We have many more announcements, behind-the-scenes interviews, and exclusive content to share with you, so please follow along on our blog and social media with hashtag #BHDOGSHOW weeks leading up to the big event! We are so grateful for this opportunity and hope you enjoy your coverage!

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  1. Oh my goodness, I couldn’t stop gushing at all the adorable doggos. I would love to see this in person one day.

  2. This should be a fun show! It’s going to be cool seeing all of the breeds and the stars attending should add even more fun to the experience.

  3. OMG this is such a ton of fun info! My daughter LOVES watching any type of dog award show or competition, so we have watched these so much. And there is SO much here in this post that I didn’t know!!

    Also, lots of pics of cute dogs. And no time, ever, is wasted when it’s spent looking at pics of cute dogs, 😉

  4. I love to watch dog shows on TV, hopefully some day I can see one in person. So many fun breeds to watch and learn about.

  5. I am going to have to watch this with my kids. For some reason, anything with a dog is something they will sit down and watch with me.

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