Woof everypups, Norman here. I'm flying solo today for the final recap of The Greatest American Dog because Toby's Birthday Bash is still in full swing and our neighbor Duke just arrived with a case of homemade wine and a box of doggie biscuits. Anyway, my boys Travis and Presley won the competition and Presley was named The Greatest American Dog. JD and Galaxy were shown the Doggie Door early in the show which left Travis and Presley and Laurie and Andrew. Of course JD had to be an arrogant doggies behind about being sent packing. You'd think that JD would develop a little respect for the other dogs and humans in the show but that didn't happen. He still thinks he's the greatest thing since the squeaky toy. Oh well, we don't have to put up with him anymore.
The last challenge was a obstacle course which Presley just ripped through with no problem only to find that the 9000 pound elephant was waiting at the end and hovering over Presley's favorite toy. To complete the course Presley had to retrieve his toy but hesitated (can't blame him for that). Travis went under the elephant and guided Presley to his toy. Little dog Andrew completed the obstacle course but had a problem with the tilting balance beam. But he managed to finish the course and had no fear of the elephant and snatched his toy with no problem. The judges debated long and hard over who should be named The Greatest American Dog and in the end, it was Presley. The judges felt that Travis and Presley had come into the competition as the least experienced of the competitors, but they improved with each passing week and the bond between them only became stronger. Another plus for Travis and Presley was the fact that Travis had stepped beneath the elephant to lead Presley to his toy. It was that act that showed the judges that Travis wouldn't ask his dog to do something that he wasn't willing to do himself. Presley became more disciplined as the show progressed and Travis never once used harsh or questionable training tactics with Presley as did several of the other human competitors. The love and devotion that the pair show toward each other really represents what having a dog is all about. It's not about the perfect dog or the best trained dog (you won't find any in this house), it's about loyalty, trust and most of all love. So congratulations to Presley for being The Greatest American Dog.
Toby's Birthday Bash is going to continue for awhile so if any pups out there want to stop by, just hop into the transporter and beam over (hell, it works on Star Trek). We'll be watching for you.