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 12th edition of Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL premiering this Sunday, February 7 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.
In case you missed last year's AMA, here's 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. AMA!
UPDATE: Thanks everyone for supporting the Puppy Bowl! You can check out all the pregame action this year on animalplanet.com/puppybowl!