Travel is vet’s pet subject
Chris Brown goes from diagnosing pets to diagnosing places, writes Leah McLennan
AFTER several years diagnosing pets, Dr Chris Brown has grown accustomed to diagnosing destinations, and is having a ball.
Channel 10’s Friday night lifestyle show, The Living Room, has made a habit of taking the charismatic vet out of Bondi.
He’s been sent packing on adventures in Australia and abroad, road-testing an eclectic mix of travel destinations.
His upcoming travel segments to feature on the show include Brown in the Kimberley, the Cook Islands, on a South African safari, a P&O cruise in the South Pacific, and a road trip in Cape Town.
‘‘We’re off to South Africa for the show, which for me as a vet is an amazing place to go – it’s the Holy Grail of wildlife,’ he says.
Brown, the front-man of hit show Bondi Vet, says the most memorable of his travels for the lifestyle show was his trip to Japan where he took part in the Naked Man Festival.
‘‘It’s hard to go past a very cold night in southern Japan back in February when I took part in a very cultural festival, Hadaka Matsuri.
‘‘There were 15,000 men running through the streets of a small town in rural Japan in search of purification and good luck and warmth, which they find in the bottom of a sake bottle or by huddling together chanting.’’
Brown – who was also running this month in the Sydney’s annual City2Surf fun run – unfortunately ended his race for charity in hospital.
‘‘If I’d been a horse they would have scratched me from the start,’’ says Brown, who was suffering from a respiratory virus. ‘‘But then if I was a horse I would have been put down at the end.’’
Brown will soon make his debut on US television in the form of Dr Chris: Pet Vet, a repackaging of Bondi Vet for the CBS network.
Brown’s aim on The Living Room, hosted by Amanda Keller, is to leave a smile on viewers’ faces (which number between 490,000 and 550,000 every Friday night), he says.
‘‘The fact is that we all get along incredibly well and if you’re having fun on TV people can sense that,’’ he says, referring to his fellow presenters builder Barry DuBois, Spanish chef Miguel Maestre and host Keller.
‘‘We’re four very different personalities but through that people at home watch it, learn some things, and most importantly have a good time.’’
And when Brown has a spare minute to himself what does he get up to?
‘‘Normally I’m resting on Friday night, it’s not quite the crazy lifestyle you’d hope for.’’
And – for the ladies of Australia – is there a Mrs Brown on the horizon?
‘‘When I get more than two nights at home then hopefully I might be able to do something about that,’’ he says.
The Living Room: Fridays, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.