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Amazon reality series 'The Pack' is like 'Amazing Race,' but with dogs(!), and features a Chicago native who competes with her black Lab

On the first episode of the Amazon reality series "The Pack," a show that takes the premise of "The Amazing Race" and adds in dogs, we see competitors flying in helicopters and ziplining. These are activities that would probably be stressful for most dogs. But none of the canine participants look particularly bothered.

It takes a certain kind of dog to be that comfortable in new and unfamiliar situations and Amazon did a particularly good job casting the show with this in mind. The dogs come in a variety of breeds, including an 8-year-old black Labrador named Duchess, who competes alongside her owner, Chicago native Lucy Riles.

A couple of things stand out about the pair from the start. As each competitor introduces themselves to the camera and

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