The Barks Insanity contest by HD Media has topped its champions.
The competition gave readers an opportunity to vote on their favourite puppers every week, and competitors was “ruff” — no bones about it.
The Herald-Dispatch champion is Bailey, a 4-year-old miniature dachshund owned by Tammy Gygi, of Hurricane, West Virginia.
“She’s a rescue. We drove a 30-hour spherical journey to Omaha to undertake her,” Gygi stated. “I’ve at all times had dachshunds, and after I noticed an image of Bailey, she actually grabbed my eye. She has distinctive markings.”
Bailey’s foster mother shortly noticed that it was a superb match, so Tammy and her boyfriend introduced Bailey residence.
“Since she’s a rescue, she’s timid round strangers, however when she’s round us, she’s filled with spunk,” Gygi stated.
Her favourite story about Bailey is that the canine “requested” for a pirate ship for Christmas.
Truly, Tammy included that in her Christmas checklist to her household as a joke. Her sister-in-law agreed that Bailey, the truth is, wanted a pirate ship and acquired her a pirate ship mattress for Christmas.
“It has a cranium and crossbones, somewhat flag and anchor. She places all her toys in it and proudly units sail in her pirate ship every single day,” Gygi stated.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail champion is Drago, a 9-month-old Golden Retriever owned by Jennifer McPherson. She describes Drago as “an enormous pet” who likes to eat, hike and play ball.
He additionally likes to take a seat on laps — a difficult exercise contemplating he weighs 65 kilos.
“He’s gained 40 kilos since Thanksgiving,” McPherson stated. “He’s grown quick.”
When he’s not busy rising, Drago’s been engaged on his ball-catching expertise.
“Final summer season he saved dropping balls. My boyfriend preferred to joke that his ‘retriever’ was damaged,” McPherson stated. “However he’s mastered it now. He can catch the ball in his mouth and can play ball for hours.”
McPherson additionally taught him just a few methods, similar to leaping by means of a hula hoop.
For the competition, she took Drago for a go to to her workplace as a part of a get-out-the-vote marketing campaign.
“He met individuals, sniffed round for some time, then laid down and took a nap,” she stated. “He’s only a actually good boy for being that younger.”
Hurricane Animal Hospital sponsored the Barks Insanity contest.
“For us, it was quite a lot of enjoyable. I feel pet homeowners having the ability to share photographs of their pets and get individuals concerned in voting was one thing to brighten our day,” stated proprietor Jennifer Sette.
“This previous yr has made individuals notice how necessary pets are to their life. After we can’t exit and socialize with others, having a pet as a companion generally is a huge assist and luxury,” Sette stated.
With Hurricane Animal Hospital’s centralized location at Hurricane, they get animals from Kanawha and Cabell counties, in addition to Putnam County.
“It made sense for us to sponsor Barks Insanity for each Huntington and Charleston,” Sette stated.
Congratulations to Bailey and Drago! Whereas they’re the winners, there aren’t any losers, so preserve these tails up. Each pet is a champion to their households.
HD Media want to thank all of the pet homeowners and readers who participated on this yr’s contest.