Bridgeport Dog Runner-Up In Farm Dog Of The Year ContestPosted by John AxtellDate: January 21, 20204 ViewsAustin, Texas – A dog from the Panhandle was one of 4 runners-up in the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest. Josie, a Border Collie/ Australian Shepherd owned by David Schuler of Bridgeport, was recognized at the recent American Farm Bureau Federation 101st Annual Convention.Schuler says that “like many farm and ranch dogs across the country, Josie plays the role of a family member, valued employee and best friend to our ranch family,” adding that Josie “should be proud to be in such well deserved elite company, but I am sure she’ll brush off this recognition and be most anxious to get back out there and find some cows to herd!”The contest, co-sponsored by Purina, celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers to produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. A panel of judges with expertise in the pet care industry, veterinary medicine and communications reviewed 80 nominations.Dogs were judged based on their helpfulness to the farmer and his/her family, playfulness and their role in making life better on and off the farm. Farm Bureau members submitted photos, video clips, and written responses to questions to nominate their dogs for Farm Dog of the Year.Flint, an Australian shepherd owned by Utah Farm Bureau members Rhett and Beth Crandall, was named the winner and received a trophy plate as well as $5,000 in prize money, a year’s worth of Purina dog food and other products from Purina, which helped sponsor the competition.Josie and the other runners-up all received a trophy plate, a thousand dollars in prize money, and Purina products. The Farm Dog of the Year competition also included a People’s Choice Pup.American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the away has grown to become a great point of connection with the public as they celebrate the important role dogs play on farms and ranches while providing a glimpse into farm life.