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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/> "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. and Galaxy) and a doggy day care owner and her 5-year-old Maltese (Laurie and Andrew).

"They're newlyweds and in the honeymoon stage,” Laurie said of Brorsen and Presley. "They have done a fantastic job, but they should give the award to those who have been through more things together.”

The judges — canine critics Wendy Diamond, Victoria Stilwell and Allan Reznik — disagreed.

So did Verl Brorsen.

"Travis got to represent with Presley how much fun it can be to have a pet, take care of it, train it and do the right thing,” he said.

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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