UPDATE: The submission period for our 2013 Model Pet of DFW contest is now closed. We received many entries, so if we haven't approved your submission yet, we will within the next few days. Winners will be notified in coming weeks. Results will be posted on DFW.com in early September. Until then, take a look at a slideshow of some of the entries by clicking here.
We all think our pets are the most awesome dogs, cats or hamster who ever scampered across the earth on all fours. And now, its the time of year again to prove it, by entering your best-est buddy into DFW.coms 5th annual Model Pet of DFW contest.
He or she could join the ranks of Bacon, Sacha, Isabelle, and last years winners (in three categories): Phizz the whippet therapy dog, General Sam Houston the cat, and longhorns Jilli Blu and Winnie Blu.
As we did last year, we will award prizes to the top dog, top cat and top alterna-pet. (longhorns, reptiles, bunnies, guinea pigs and what-have-yous). Find out more by visiting DFW.com.
And as always, if you entered your pet in a previous year, you can submit him or her again, unless youre the parents of a former winner.
So what makes a model pet? Maybe shes the smartest in town. Maybe hes the snuggliest. Maybe dear old Fluffy has done some heroic things in the past, like call 911 while you were choking on a chicken bone. Whatever the reason, we want to hear what makes your creature a model pet.
Heres how to enter this year: At the link below, youll be able to upload a photo of your pet (in jpeg format), along with your contact information and a description of why you think your beloved creature is DFWs most model pet. Essays must be fewer than 300 words.
What you could win: A pet in each category will win a prize. The grand prize will be furnished by Grand Pet Resort & Salon in Fort Worth, and includes:
- 3 nights' stay in a luxurious suite
- Choice of 3 premium services during the pets stay; including pool time, one-on-one time with a Pet Pal, etc. Pampering salon experience including a bath, Blueberry facial, pedicure, and cut & style
- A selection of gourmet treats from their Grand Bakery
- More on Grand Pet Resort & Salon in Fort Worth at www.thegrandpet.com
The deadline for entries has been extended to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug 14. Employees of the McClatchy Co. are not eligible. Participants must live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Winners will be announced sometime in early September.
Also: Read about the previous winners: last year they were Phizz, General Sam Houston and the longhorns; in 2011, it was Isabelle, a big beautiful Mastiff whose story of healing touched our hearts; in 2010, we chose an icy-eyed Siberian husky princess named Sacha, and our first winner, in 2009, was the insanely happy French Bull dog named Bacon.