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 mentioned. “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 an excellent 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 mentioned.
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, actually, wanted a pirate ship and bought her a pirate ship mattress for Christmas.
“It has a cranium and crossbones, slightly flag and anchor. She places all her toys in it and proudly units sail in her pirate ship day-after-day,” Gygi mentioned.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail champion is Drago, a 9-month-old Golden Retriever owned by Jennifer McPherson. She describes Drago as “a large pet” who likes to eat, hike and play ball.
He additionally likes to sit down on laps — a difficult exercise contemplating he weighs 65 kilos.
“He’s gained 40 kilos since Thanksgiving,” McPherson mentioned. “He’s grown quick.”
When he’s not busy rising, Drago’s been engaged on his ball-catching abilities.
“Final summer season he saved dropping balls. My boyfriend favored to joke that his ‘retriever’ was damaged,” McPherson mentioned. “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, resembling leaping via 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 folks, sniffed round for some time, then laid down and took a nap,” she mentioned. “He’s only a actually good boy for being that younger.”
Hurricane Animal Hospital sponsored the Barks Insanity contest.
“For us, it was numerous enjoyable. I feel pet homeowners with the ability to share photographs of their pets and get folks concerned in voting was one thing to brighten our day,” mentioned proprietor Jennifer Sette.
“This previous 12 months has made folks notice how essential pets are to their life. Once we can’t exit and socialize with others, having a pet as a companion generally is a large assist and luxury,” Sette mentioned.
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 mentioned.
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 wish to thank all of the pet homeowners and readers who participated on this 12 months’s contest.