This 6-year-old champion—accompanied by his handler, Kellie, and owners Terri and Allan—goes by James.
Terri, a former handler and current breeder, says she knew James had what it took to be a champion from back when he was a puppy. "When he was born he had perfect markings. I couldn't have painted them on any better," she says. "They have to have what we call the total package, which is the right temperament [and] trainability, which he certainly had."
Not only are English springer spaniels like James proven winners, Terri says they're also great family dogs. "They like to be everywhere with you," she says.
When Gibson is on his hind legs, he's 7'2"—that's an inch taller than NBA all-star Shaquille O'Neal.
Watch the biggest dog's wild ride across the country.
Gibson's life isn't only about being in the spotlight. He knows the importance of giving back, so he volunteers as a licensed therapy dog. "His job is just to go around and make people happy and smile," Sandy says.
Tiny Brandy is about the size of a candy bar—and not even a king-size one!
"Animals have just always been so important to me and they bring so much," Nicollette says. "They really fill your life if you let them."
"Our family is three parts fur, one part skin," Dean says. "Three of them are barkers, and one's a pooper."
Tori's first dog was Mimi La Rue, a pug. After Tori started working with the Much Loved Animal Rescue, she was compelled to rescue her second dog, Ferris. "I've seen what it's like seeing those faces at the pound and knowing there's just not room enough to put all of them. It just breaks your heart."
Then, Dean and Tori rescued Chiquita together.
"Everyone told me, because I was so crazy and obsessed with Mimi, they said, 'Once you have a child, you'll realize that a dog is just a dog.' And now that I have a child, I mean, there's no other love like the love I feel for my child," Tori says. "But [Mimi] is still not a dog. I still think of her as my second baby."
"This is Bim, he's kind of our watchdog. This is Old Bones Landor, he's 15. This is Taco Truck, the junkyard rascal who Rebecca rescued. And this is Better—he loves to give kisses.
"As you can see, I wield great authority over these animals," Jerry jokes.