It’s hardly news anymore, but I’m still so proud of my beautiful Chow Chow, Ghenghis Khan, for winning Best of Breed at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. G.K. has only been competing since last autumn, but he has become quite the show dog. He displays such poise and even temperament and he really seems to understand what is expected of him. In honor of his achievement, my friends from The Today Show invited him to appear with me on my regularly scheduled time slot.
1 In honor of Ghenghis Khan winning Best of Breed at Westminster, we were invited to appear on the Today Show. It was G.K.'s first time at that studio and as usual, he was inquisitive about everything going on around him.
2 The Green Room was too busy and hot for G.K. so he took his water outside in the lobby. He was so popular and everyone kept stopping to stay 'hi' to him.
3 Jan Kolnik, G.K.'s most attentive handler, fluffed his thick fur before the show.
4 Oops! They spelled Ghenghis Khan wrong! G.K. is named after the great Mongolian emperor and he is the great-grandson of Paw Paw, my previous Chow Chow. Paw Paw's birth name was Kublai Khan.
7 Judy Morris, my Producer of Special Events, reviewing the schedule
8 The green room has a large clock and a television airing the show, so you know when it's your turn to go on.
9 While in the green room, Al Roker came to interview supermodel, Kate Upton, who graces the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition.
10 She told Al that being on the cover of the Swimsuit Edition was living out a dream.
11 Where was G.K? Absorbing the cool temperatures of the marble floor! He always finds the best places to chill out!
12 But, he didn't hesitate getting up to say hello to Kate.
13 Posing with a very tall Kate Upton
14 Matt Lauer was the first of the Today Show hosts to be ready to go outside.
15 G.K. was more than ready!
16 Our segment was held outside of the Today Show studio at 35 West 48th Street. As usual, there was a large crowd gathered, with many people holding signs.
17 We waited off-camera for our cue.
18 The cameraman got G.K.'s attention while we were being introduced.
19 G.K. was not the only animal on the show that day. The co-hosts also got to meet many other interesting animals in the studio.
20 One of those animals happened to be a tarantula, which Ann wasn't too happy about. Even a photo was unnerving!
21 This was not the first time the Today Show team met GK. They remembered seeing him last November when they visited my home in Bedford, NY, for a Thanksgiving special.
22 Matt joked that if he knew G.K. was such a show dog, he would never have fed him so many turkey scraps under the table.
23 G.K. has given me so many opportunities to be proud lately, and this visit was no exception!
24 Ann couldn't resist running her gloved hand through G.K.'s thick, thick coat.
25 G.K. wasn't phased in the least by the crowd of people watching him. No wonder he did so well at Westminster!
26 I mentioned how fun the Westminster Dog Show is and urged everyone to go or to watch it on television.
27 Natalie Morales asked about any training that is involved. I explained that G.K. has been competing in dog shows since last autumn and has won many titles in order to qualify for Westminster.
28 Ann Curry wanted to know how we get Ghenghis Kahn's fur to stay like this. Although he does get groomed regularly Chow Chow's fur is naturally fluffy and tangle-resistant and is rather easy to maintain.
29 Ghenghis Kahn has made me a very proud dog owner!