POPSUGAR Celebrity

Meet the Contestants of Greatest American Dog

Jul 9 2008 - 4:10pm

I'm super psyched for the Greatest American Dog [1] for several reasons – there's quite the cast of characters to watch! Bringing 12 teams of pooches and owners, I can't wait to see how the pageant dogs measure up against the home-trained pups, the purebreds to the mixed, and what goes down when all 24 move in together! Each week a pair will be eliminated 'til one wins the crown . . . and a $250,000 prize! Check out the contestants here and tune in Thurs., July 10 at 8 p.m. for the fur-flyin' premiere!

Beth Joy and Bella Starlet

Beth Joy, 32, Bella's Acting Manager
New York, NY

Bella Starlet, 10 years old
Breed: Mutt (Chihuahua, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Shih-Tzu and Pomeranian)
Weight: 15 pounds
Color markings: blonde with strawberry and silver highlights
Favorite toy: binky cookie ball
Favorite food: yoghund, green beans, pineapple, broccoli, watermelon, and bananas
Best tricks: sit up, beg, jump-turn, hop and wave, high-five

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Bill and Star

Bill, 60, Building Maintenance
Flint, TX

Star, 7 years old
Breed: purebred Brittany
Weight: 34 pounds
Color markings: orange and white
Favorite toy: a rag and Bill’s hat
Favorite food: pretty much anything, loves bacon
Best tricks: Agility events

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Brandy and Beacon

Brandy, 26, Fashion Designer
Orange County, CA

Beacon, 1.5 years old
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
Weight: 20 pounds
Color markings: White (very rare)
Favorite toy: Stuffed animal that looks just like her
Favorite food: Bananas and yogurt mixed in her food
Best tricks: Roll over, high five, stay, shake, lay down and pray

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David and Elvis

David, 54, Doctor
New York, NY

Elvis, 2 years old
Breed: Parson Russell Terrier
Weight: 17.5 pounds
Color markings: Tri-color
Favorite toy: Tennis ball
Favorite food: Rib-eye steak bone
Best tricks: kisses, high-five, crawl, roll-over

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Elan and Kenji

Elan, 24, Aspiring Dog Salon Owner
Portland, OR

Kenji, 1 year old
Breed: purebred Giant Schnauzer
Weight: 71 pounds
Color markings: Jet Black
Favorite toy: cuz ball and everlasting treat ball
Favorite food: chicken and rice
Best tricks: sit, down, roll over, High-Five

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J.D. and Galaxy

J.D., 38, Dog Entertainer
Bend, OR

Galaxy, 9 years old
Breed: English Pointer and Border Collie mix
Weight: 50 pounds
Color markings: Black head with white and black speckles on body
Favorite toy: Tennis balls
Favorite food: Dog Cookies
Best tricks: Sit up, flips, rolls over, back balance, distance commands

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Laura and Preston

Laura, 27, Film Producer
Los Angeles, CA

Preston, 5 years old
Breed: purebred Pomeranian
Weight: Nine pounds
Color markings: White with creme highlights
Favorite toy: Mr. Monkeyman
Favorite food: Lotus chicken Kibble
Best tricks: Strike a pose, cry, speak, growl, sneeze, hit a mark, hug, kiss, love

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Laurie and Andrew

Laurie, 45, Doggie Daycare Owner
Stafford, VA

Andrew, 5 years old
Breed: Maltese
Weight: 10 pounds
Color markings: White
Favorite toy: Squeaky ball
Favorite food: Loves all food
Best tricks: Sneeze, speak, retrieve, agility exercises

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Michael and Ezzie

Michael, 29, Aspiring Comic
Los Angeles, CA

Ezzie, 2.5 years old
Breed: Boston Terrier
Weight: 22 pounds
Color markings: chocolate and white with a white Mohawk strip that stretches to her stomach. Three white paws.
Favorite toy: a sea otter puppet
Favorite food: cottage cheese and chicken
Best tricks: her “Dance, Dance” moves and various sit/lie/shake combinations

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Ron and Tillman

Ron, 39, Construction Manager
Oxnard, CA

Tillman, 3 years old
Breed: English Bulldog
Weight: 60 pounds
Color markings: White Face/Tan Body
Favorite toy: Skateboard
Favorite food: Apples
Best tricks: skateboarding, snowboarding and skimboarding

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Teresa and Leroy

Teresa, 32, Dog Sitter
Fairfax, VA

Leroy, 5 years old
Breed: Border Collie
Weight: 40 pounds
Color markings: Tri-color
Favorite toy: Frisbee
Favorite food: Fancy pastries from organic doggie kitchen
Best tricks: Setting the dinner table with his own kitchenette set

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Travis and Presley

Travis, 29, Bartender
Los Angeles, CA

Presley, 1.5 years old
Breed: Boxer
Weight: 53 pounds
Color markings: Brindle
Favorite toy: Bone
Best tricks: visual commands

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