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Bark Madness 2017: Championship Round

Which LA Kings dog will take home the spot as Top Dog in the 2017 Bark Madness Final? Vote now!

by The Royal Half @TheRoyalHalf / LAKings.com

It begins with a dream.

A dream to be the best. A dream to elevate your game to unreachable heights, all in the pursuit of the ultimate victory.

For these competitors, each year of training actually feels like seven years.

But in the end ... it's all worth it.

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When you are named the Bark Madness Champion.

So who will it be this year? Who wants it more? Who's a good dog? THEY ARE ALL GOOD DOGS!

Let's take a look at the matchup for the 2017 Bark Madness Presented by Zignature Championship Round!

#4 HANK MARTINEZ vs #14 ARLO DOWD

With Bark Madness veterans Gustl Kopitar and Emma Pearson sent back to their crates at the completion of the Final Four, the competition for the Bark Madness crown is wide-open.


Best hair flip, ever.

Hank Martinez is a beautiful Blue Heeler/Beagle mix that has advanced to the Bark Madness Final despite having zero presence on social media. In fact, the last time that Hank Martinez was featured on Social Media, it was August of 2013!

Tweet from @amartinez_27: Tried to get Hank to watch the new DogTV channel. He lost interest, but I snapped out of my daze 20 min later. Not sure what that means

Hmm, I wish there was some way to remind people on social media just how cute the Martinez dog is.

Alec Martinez Volleyball
Close.

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I'll take it.

Meanwhile, Arlo Dowd is the belle of the social media ball and has been showing up everywhere online since the beginning of this competition.

Tweet from @Paige_Kraemer: Happy #NationalPuppyDay to one spoiled pup �� pic.twitter.com/qWO0qoHzCT

And how did Nic Dowd celebrate National Puppy Day?

Tweet from @Kingsgifs: Dowd vs Lowry: https://t.co/MbFJg74NW2#LAKings #WPGvsLAK pic.twitter.com/8aLEDdKZ8a

Nic Dowd is here to do two things: Pet some dogs and kick some butts
...and we are all out of dogs.

 

Well, there you have it. The Championship Game for Bark Madness 2017 Presented by Zignature has been set and it's time to bust your bracket! Make sure you vote above in the title game.

Polls close at midnight on Saturday, April 1! So vote ASAP!

But more importantly, make sure you give back by purchasing one of the "We Are All K9s" calendars for ONLY $5! Buy them here! The purchase benefits the Kings Care Foundation and helps bring attention to 4 Paws 4 Patriots! You can check out a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the LA Kings Calendar from Kings Weekly here!

Also, Jeff and Megan Carter work tirelessly to help promote all the wonderful dogs that are available for rescue throughout Los Angeles with the Wags and Walks organization. You can always support Wags and Walks by fostering, rescuing or donating. And be sure to check out Sunny Saints, a St. Bernard Rescue that Courtney Muzzin is involved with that helps put big old (and young) good boys and girls into loving, caring homes where they can spread their love.

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