Everyone and their mother is an NCAA college basketball expert this time of year. We decided to extend that reality a bit further and ask six dogs to fill out brackets beginning with the Sweet 16 (they're our pets; we didn't just recruit these adorable pooches at a dog park).
Just how does a dog select a winner of a basketball game, you ask? Through various means. Chief, a three-and-a-half year-old English bulldog, is highly motivated by food (surprise), so he was given information about the matchups and then ran to two team logos with a treat atop each. Whichever he chose first was his pick. The other dogs, who are all competing for (1) glory and (2) a golden bowl, chose their winners similarly. Bentley the chocolate lab decided between two rawhides representing different teams, and our editor's beloved 14-year-old chihuahua Laika was asked to relieve herself in one fashion or the other, indicating her selection.
The competitors, whose completed brackets (and additional information) are available for viewing and following here, are: Hops, a three-legged mutt, age unknown; Barley, a 6-year-old pug; Bentley 5-year-old chocolate lab; Butters, 4-year-old miniature dachshund; plus Chief and Laika.
Woof Madness is on! The Sweet 16 starts at 7 PM tonight and our furry prognosticators will be watching intently. See how they picked!