Crowning the best canine at Global News in ‘Top Dog’ finale

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Anthony Farnell and his furry sidekick Storm were the clear winners in the Top Dog agility course challenge, but how would they fare during the final hurdle — a costume-themed dog pageant? 

The tension was palpable for Mike Arsenault and Cookie, who finished last in the first challenge with the human/pet duos of Jennifer Valentyne/Dixie and Ross Hull/Louie also trailing the leader.

Preparation was key for this final event. Dogtopia canine coach Elizabeth Chim ventured to assist with the following advice: “You have to really have a calm demeanor for the dogs to respond to you so if the humans are calm and confident it will really reflect on their dog,” she said.

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Judging the competition was Global News anchor/producer Susan Hay and veterinarian Dr. Randy Marshall. 

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“What I’m looking for here is some great synergy between the owner and their pets,” Marshall said. Hay’s focus was the entertainment factor: “I want to see how much work these personalities put into this little demonstration with their pooch,” she said.

Jenn and Dixie were up first. Valentyne went with a Star Wars theme — she was a stormtrooper with Dixie as Princess Leia. 

Next, Hull gets a helping “paw” from some “Canadian Minions” — Jasper (the other Canadian Bro) tried to help Louie out in this ode to the Despicable Me franchise.

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Then it was time for Arsenault and Cookie to show they’re “hopelessly devoted” to showing that they’re the ones that the judges want thanks to a Grease dance number.

Finally, man’s best friend became man’s best spouse? Storm was decked out in a tux and somehow proposes to Farnell, who wearing a full-on wedding gown and responded, “I do!” 

Which pooch was to be crowned Top Dog? Well, Arsenault and Cookie took the pageant prize!

But the overall winner — the favourites coming in and the favourites going out — Storm and Farnell are the champions of Top Dog!

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Mike Arsenault is the host of Global News Weekend. Ross Hull is the meteorologist for Global News at 11.

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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