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Perry native's dog wins 'Greatest' title

By Penny Soldan Modified: September 11, 2008 at 12:48 am •  Published: September 11, 2008
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Perry native Travis Brorsen and his dog, Presley, graduated from Canine

Academy with honors on Wednesday.

Presley earned the title of "Greatest American Dog” on the finale of the CBS reality competition series. Brorsen, his owner, pocketed the $250,000 cash prize.

"We accomplished what we came to do and that was to develop a bond and friendship between owner and dog,” Brorsen said at the end of the episode. "We came here as a guy with a dog. Ten weeks later, we are leaving with the ‘Greatest American Dog' title.”

Brorsen's family and friends in Perry were thrilled with the outcome. Somehow, Brorsen had kept the victory secret for weeks since the final episode was taped.

"We thought he would make it to the finals, but we didn't have a clue that he would win,” said Verl Brorsen, Travis' dad. "It was like a come-from-behind victory in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, and everybody went crazy.

"We had a great time following the show. It's not very often that you get to watch your kid once a week on TV for 10 weeks. It was fun.”

Travis Brorsen is an Oklahoma State University graduate and an actor in Los Angeles.

"Greatest American Dog” was also a learning experience for Brorsen and Presley, who were the underdogs heading into the finals.

The part-time bartender, Travis, and 16-month-old boxer, Presley, were up against a professional dog trainer and his 9-year-old English pointer border collie (J.D. Penny Soldan blogs about TV news.

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"We accomplished what we came to do and that was to develop a bond and friendship between owner and dog. We came here as a guy with a dog. Ten weeks later, we are leaving with the ‘Greatest American Dog' title.”
Travis Brorsen

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