He's become the face of dogs, with a voice as gentle as a Saint Bernard, as friendly as a chocolate Lab.
David Frei makes it all feel so familiar, heading this week into his 27th and final year hosting the Westminster Kennel Club show telecast.
It wasn't always that way.
There was that time, long ago, when he looked at the monitor and was mortified — playing on the air was a piece featuring a nasty boxer training attack dogs.
"Where did that come from?" Frei asked, to anyone who would listen.
Since then, the broadcasts have gone as smoothly as a perfectly primped Pekingese.
Frei routinely offers up a mix of insight, advice and...