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Meet Bear, the #JeepTopCanine winner who will rep the brand for one year

Bear, a four-year old pup from Massachusetts, was chosen as the #JeepTopCanine.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Thousands of dogs entered to become the #JeepTopCanine but, alas, there could only be one. The winner is ... Bear! Bear is a native of Northborough, Massachusetts.

Bear will spend the next year appearing as the face of the Jeep brand across social media channels alongside many of the brand's best-sellers like the Wrangler, Gladiator, and Grand Cherokee. For his entry photo, Bear posed on a Wrangler.

"As the true cult SUV brand revered around the world for its off-road legacy, Jeep owners share a love of adventure and freedom, and it's almost an unwritten law that if you take out your Jeep SUV, your dog is coming with you," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA.

"It's that same devotion for their 'best friends' that our fans share for their Jeep vehicles. We saw it throughout our first-ever #JeepTopCanine search, giving our fans the opportunity to share and connect with fellow Jeep brand enthusiasts about their shared passions, reaching millions of fans through views and engagements across our social media channels and digital website throughout July and August."

Bear won the contest by gaining the most votes via the #JeepTopCanine website. There, he competed against seven other dogs for the crown, each posing with a Jeep product.

Jeep Top Canine Finalists Bear's entry photo helped propel him to the top of the standings and secured his place as the first #JeepTopCanine. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Bear and his owner Margot, along with two cat siblings, have been cohabitating since the end of March 2016. When he was three months old, Margot rescued Bear from Georgia. Margo reports that Bear is quite popular and has many dog friends.

Bear is not a purebred. Margot did a DNA test on him and it turns out that Bear's a melting pot! He's mostly black lab, but there's collie, chow chow, a little standard poodle, and a few other "unknown" breeds mixed in.

When he's not riding in Margot's JL, he loves going for rides in their friend's CJ5. He also enjoys swimming and hiking. Margot says, " He is a strong swimmer and loves to take a dip when it's warm out, and even when I think it's not warm enough. We also hike very often and he has the best sense of direction. [He] seriously helps me out when I get turned around - or prevents me from doing that in the first place, because he leads me up and down the mountain!"

Bear has a lot of love to give. Margot says that if he sees two people hugging he frequently tries to get in on the action by inserting himself between them.

His favorite treats are Whimzees, which are shaped like little alligators, and Frosty Paws frozen doggie ice creams.

When it comes to toys, Bear's favorites are something that Margot originally got for her cats - animatronic fish. He also likes Frisbees and is properly spoiled with an indoor and outdoor toy box.

If you meet Bear, he might be willing to do a few tricks for you. Some of his favorites are puppy push ups, "high ten", and spinning.

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The Grand Cherokee L features a third-row seat for the first time.

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the longest running and most off-road capable SUVs on the market today. But for buyers needing to haul more than a few people, the Grand Cherokee wasn't the roomiest choice. To remedy that problem, Jeep created the Grand Cherokee L, a three-row version of the popular SUV that will go on sale in 2021. Today, Jeep announced pricing for the new stretched Grand Cherokee.


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Pricing starts under $40,000.Jeep


The Grand Cherokee L is the first three-row SUV to wear the nameplate, and will land in 2021 with a starting price tag that comes in under $40,000. The SUV will include four trims: Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Summit. The base Laredo trim will start at $36,995, the mid-range Limited trim at $43,995, and the range-topping Overland trim at $52,995.

The base powertrain for Grand Cherokee L models involves a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 290 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available. As in previous models, the Grand Cherokee L will be available with a V8. Here, it produces 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Higher trim levels can be quite plush.Jeep


Even the base Laredo trim gets a fairly generous list of standard features that include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, LED exterior lighting, an 8.4-inch-inch infotainment display, a 10.25-inch frameless digital gauge cluster, and Uconnect 5. Top trims get upscale features like ventilated seats, navigation, a dual-pane sunroof, an electronic limited slip differential, and more.

The new Uconnect 5 infotainment system enables advanced capabilities, such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Grand Cherokee L will also be offered with a head-up display system, a digital rearview mirror, and a 950-watt McIntosh audio system.


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L The Grand Cherokee L should bring better cargo space with seats folded down.Jeep


The three-row Grand Cherokee L beats its two-row counterpart to market. While the L is expected soon, Jeep says the standard Grand Cherokee and an electrified 4xe version are scheduled to debut later in 2021.

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The winner of the Charles Schwab Challenge earns this resto-modded Dodge Power Wagon.

Photo courtesy of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Newly crowned 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson will be among a group of international golfers vying for the lowest score at the Charles Schawab Challenge PGA Tour event in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend.

The winner of the tournament will receive a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon that has undergone a complete resto-mod revision by Legacy Classic Trucks. This is the second vehicle the tournament has awarded to a winner with a 1973 Dodge Challenger awarded to Kevin Na in 2019. Na didn't keep the car for long. He turned it over to his car-obsessed caddy Kenny Harms.

The '46 Power Wagon is a nod to the roots of the tourney. This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Colonial, the original name for the event.

1946 Dodge Power Wagon Charles Schwab Legacy Classic Trucks The interior of the truck wears The Colonial's tartan.Photo courtesy of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Under its hood is a 6.2-liter Chevrolet LS3 engine that delivers 430 horsepower. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and a custom Atlas transfer case. The rig rides on 40-inch Toyota tires and custom Trail Ready wheels.

Modern conveniences have been added like air conditioning, disc brakes, a long travel suspension, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch.

Because Charles Schwab is the sponsor of the tournament, Legacy Classic Trucks added some special 'Schwab' elements to the model including a Dove blue paint job and a custom 'SCHWAB' tailgate and brightwork. The interior of the truck is upholstered with a tartan fabric in the design of The Colonial's traditional plaid. A custom nameplate on the dashboard acknowledges Ben Hogan's 1946 win that started the legacy of the tournament.

Similar resto-modded trucks by Legacy Classic Trucks go for around $350,000.

1946 Dodge Power Wagon Charles Schwab Legacy Classic Trucks The rear of the truck features a custom tailgate.Photo courtesy of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Uniquely, the truck has inspired a song by up-and-coming country singer Travis Denning called "Grew Up with a Truck". The song debuted last week on Bobby Bones' podcast, "Bobbycast".

Other golfers joining Mickelson at the tournament include Lee Westwood, Jordan Speith, Si Woo Kim, and Sergio Garcia.

The first round of play kicks off on Thursday, May 27 with the second and third round on ensuing days leading up to the Final Round on Sunday, May 30. Tickets for the event are still available.

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