"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.