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Model Pet of DFW 2013: Submission period closed

Posted 10:41pm on Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013


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, it’s the time of year again to prove it, by entering your best-est buddy into DFW.com’s 5th annual Model Pet of DFW contest.

He or she could join the ranks of Bacon, Sacha, Isabelle, and last year’s 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 you’re the parents of a former winner.

So what makes a model pet? Maybe she’s the smartest in town. Maybe he’s 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.

Here’s how to enter this year: At the link below, you’ll 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 DFW’s most model pet. Essays must be fewer than 300 words.

Enter the contest by clicking here. And this year, you can also enter through Facebook; that link is also a great option if you’re more of a mobile phone user than a laptop/desktop computer user.

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 pet’s 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.

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We now have a new, simpler way for you to enter and search for events, at listings.dfw.com. As always, when you submit an event to appear online, it will also be available for us in our print publication. But now you can simply enter your event and provide an email address, rather than creating a separate account and registering. Our new listings tool is still a work in progress, so we appreciate your patience as we fine-tune it. Please contact us at hsvokos@dfw.com if you have any questions or concerns.