Beth Ostrosky Stern, this week’s Hamptons magazine covergirl, is an ABC-TV star, an author, model, animal activist – and the woman who made Howard Stern an evolved and devoted husband. But, today, it feels as if her most impressive accomplishment was running five miles with Howard this morning.
“I thought I was going to die,” she tells Newsday. “But it was worth it just to report to you. We went at 8:30 a.m., thinking it was early enough.” It was not. “We had a really rough run. We jumped in the pool with our running outfits on when we got back,” she says.
Her Hamptons magazine cover story hits the stands Friday. Niche Media’s Jason Binn will toast her (with Grey Goose vodka) at a private party at the revamped Savanna’s. “I think it’s my favorite cover of all time,” she says. And, she’s been on that cover a lot.
“Jason’s been so supportive of my career over the years,” she says. Her career has never been stronger. Since May, she's had her own TV show, “True Beauty,” following “The Bachlorette” on ABC. She and Carson Kressley now judge the Vegas contest that looks for inner beauty.
Her book, "Oh My Dog: How to Choose, Train, Groom, Nurture, Feed and Care for Your New Best Friend" (Simon & Schuster, $25.99), was a natural result of Ostrosky Stern's identification as an animal expert.
“Except, I’m not an expert,” she laughs. “I’m the spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League America. So, I’d go on morning shows on their behalf. I also work closely with the Wildlife Rescue Center in the Hamptons. My husband would talk about my volunteer work on his show, and people assumed I was this expert. On a daily basis, they would stop and ask me questions about their dogs.”
Even Simon and Shuster thought she was a canine consultant. They approached her to write the book. Through the years, Ostrosky Stern had accumulated her own coterie of experts and done her own research. Her answers filled 500 pages.
One thing she learned: how to read labels on packaged dog food. “I realized, for years, I was feeding my dog a major brand that basically consisted of peanut shells,” she says. “I changed her diet, and she’s now a happier dog.”
Ostrosky Stern’s English bulldog is also an indoor dog, today. “Right now, vets are seeing so many cases of heat exhaustion, it’s heartbreaking,” she warns. “Owners need to know, you can’t play ball in this heat with your pet.” But, you can run five miles with your husband … if you’re Beth Ostrosky Stern.