I am Dan Schachner, the Official Puppy Bowl referee for Animal Planet. AMA!
I'm returning this year to be the official referee for The 11th edition of Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL premiering this Sunday, February 1 from 3-5 PM (ET/PT) and repeating all day and night until 3 AM (ET/PT) in case you miss it the first time.
Check out some highlights from this year's game here!
A little bit about me: I had a relationship with ANIMAL PLANET before this - I was the host of a few one hour specials for the network. I'd also worked as a narrator for Discovery in the past. The guy who had the job before me moved on to another network, so there was an opening, I had to submit an audition tape after they approached me - so I went into dog parks in NYC and recorded myself officiating football games with random dogs (much to the consternation of the owners) and I also recorded some hijinx with my sister's dogs in their backyards. Anyways, it wound up being a fun tape, and I did a testimonial straight to camera about how this was my dream job, and it was my AMERICAN IDOL moment - and I got it!
So here I am, ready to answer your questions about the world's cutest game. Victoria's helping me get started. AMA!
EDIT: Well, I want everyone to know that we start the game at 3 PM Eastern / 3 PM pacific on Sunday, and if you miss that, don't worry, we'll play it again every 2 hours, and every game will be different than the last - so our endings should be different based on what our audience decides every time we air the Puppy Bowl is! We just want to encourage everybody to go to http://www.animalplanet.com now - so you can watch the Puppy Live Cam, see them in training, we also have the Puppy Pre-Game show, you can instagram photos, there is SO much you can do on there... and I'd love if you saw all the videos. And thanks for all your support!