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A Doggone Good Showing

Here’s to Bill McFarlin and Star, his Brittany spaniel, who were the classiest duo on CBS’s “Greatest American Dog” reality show this summer. Bill and Star, of Flint, are members of Cherokee County Electric Co-op.

The doe-eyed Star won many of the earlier competitions but was eliminated August 27 for using her doggie smarts on a stunt trick. She was supposed to leap off a tall gantry because McFarlin was calling her. She had a harness on but she didn’t know that, so she didn’t jump. Maybe she should have gotten an award for being “Smartest American Dog.”

As for the kindly McFarlin, he was the only contestant to give dog-handling tips to the other contestants.