Big Dog Millan Still Fetching, 100 Episodes Later

Long-running Whisperer draws nearly 700K canine fans to National Geographic
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Sep 15, 2008 4:20 PM CDT
Dog trainer Cesar Millan and wife Ilusion Millan arrive at the 2008 Annual Imagen Awards in Beverly HIlls, Calif.    (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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(Newser) – These are anything but the dog days of summer for Cesar Millan, the pet trainer-turned-TV host whose popular Dog Whisperer will air its 100th episode Friday, reports Variety in a look at the program's top dog. Millan kicked off Whisperer in 2004, as an unpromoted half-hour segment for the National Geographic Channel; more than 685,000 viewers now catch each hour-long prime-time episode.

"I can think of only two other people that I have met in the business that I think have the kind of magic that Cesar has," says the co-chair of Whisperer's production company. "One is Jacques Cousteau, and the other is Jim Henson."