Any pet owner worth his salt will tell you how much furry, scaly or shelled friends give back to us. On ordinary days, on days that blare grim headlines, and on days of personal pain and tragedy, our pets offer us companionship, comic relief and unconditional love.
They’re just pretty darn awesome.
In 2009, we embarked on our first journey to find the Model Pet of DFW. We didn’t realize then how difficult it would be to pick a winner. We always say it’s one of our favorite times of the year, but also one fraught with some of the most agonizing decisions: this dog or that cat? How to choose? We love ’em all.
But choose we must, so our judges click through all the photos (nearly 160 entries this year; be sure to check out the gallery on DFW.com). But we give just as much weight to the essays, and consider the personalities of the pets and their owners. Then we evaluate which entries have that intangible “It” factor that will earn them the title of Model Pet of DFW.
We award a winner in three categories: dog, cat and “alternative” pet. This year’s alternative pet ended up being so colorful that he graces our cover this week.
Thanks so much to all who entered this year and in years past. Once again, your stories have inspired us, and made us laugh, cry and hug our own pets a little tighter.
And congratulations to this year’s winners, the Model Pets of DFW, Class of 2014. Paws (and hooves) up!
To see our Model Pet issue in print, check it out in DFW.com magazine, either inside the Friday Star-Telegram, or in free racks throughout the Metroplex.
To get the story behind the Model Dog of DFW 2014, click here.
To find out which Model Cat knocked us out, click here.
And click here for the Model “alternative” pet that the judges thought was super.
Each year, we give out some “extra” awards to pets that impressed us with their smiles, feats, beauty, humor and other qualities. Click here to see who earned recognition this year.