by Ian Froeb
As part of our year-end celebration, Gut Check is highlighting the people, places and things that have made the blog's first year (well, seven months, actually, but who's counting?) so much fun. There are five nominees for the inaugural Gut Check Thing of the Year award. I'll announce the winner on Friday.
Charlie, the Pie-Eating Bichon Frese
Pros: As noted haters of eating contests, we fell hard for Charlie after he ate all the pie crusts on the eve of the world pie-eating championship in England.
Cons: The pie-eating championship was held eventually. And we suspect Charlie was acting out of instinct, not principle.