John O’Hurley’s career has officially gone to the dogs.
The actor, television host and author, best known for his role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld, promoted his new book, Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog to a Young Boy at Barnes ‘ Noble at Boston University last night.
“In this era of celebrity plagiarism, I would like to offer this disclaimer: I did not write this book. My dog did,” O’Hurley told the crowd of about 40 people, crediting his dog Scoshi as the inspiration for the book. “He has been my son for the last 16 years, and I treat him that way.”
O’Hurley thanked the audience profusely for taking time out of Halloween festivities to attend, “especially those Red Sox fans who gave up their Game 6 tickets.”
O’Hurley, who has also stepped his way into fame on Dancing With the Stars, is what one audience member called a “Renaissance man.”
“It’s not the quantity of things I do. It’s the quality,” O’Hurley said. “Whatever I imagine, I have to complete.”
Before Your Dog is O’Hurley’s second book about life lessons and dogs. His first made the New York Times bestseller list.
“It was a surprise to no one more than me that it hit the bestseller list,” O’Hurley said. “I wanted to celebrate the dogs in my life.”
With his second book, which came out Tuesday, O’Hurley found a new focus – his son. After bringing his newborn son, William, home to his two dogs, O’Hurley said he was fascinated by the relationship between William and the pups.
The BU visit attracted more than just college students and included older audience members, such as O’Hurley’s wife and parents.
“We’re in a unique area,” said event coordinator Jeanne Haight. “Plus, he’s a Red Sox fan, and we’re right across from Fenway. That probably helped.”