Just a week in, and I’ve already received three submissions for this year’s Critter of the Year contest. What a great start!
Linda Henson, of Topeka, submitted a pair of pooches for the Dog of the Year contest. Pete, a 9-year-old Havanese, and Sparky, an 11-year-old Bichon Frise, mark the first dogs submitted in this year’s Critter of the Year contest.
“Older dogs with hearts of puppies,” Henson said. “We traveled over 4,000 miles with them this summer. They discovered beaches (which they really dug, pun intended). For the most part, they were good travelers, but at times acted like toddlers — growling and whining over the same tiny piece of rawhide, stealing blankets from each other, sleeping in the other’s bed.
“When my husband yelled, ‘Do I have to stop this car and come back there?’ I knew we needed help. That’s when karma stepped in and we found the clown-head coin bank at a small flea market. Placed between the seats, we renamed it ‘Bad Babysitter.’ The boys behaved each time BB came out.”
Sounds like you guys had a great time, and I’m jealous that they got to go dig holes at the beach. That sounds like a pretty good time in my book.
Carla Dobbs, of Birmingham, Ala., also submitted her buddy, Jackson, for the Cat of the Year category.
“I was looking to adopt a cat from the shelter,” Dobbs said. “When I went in, I asked if they had any cats with disabilities or unadoptable cats. They instantly took me to him. His previous owner had been placed in a nursing home, and the family just dropped him off at the shelter.”
She said the cat was 6 years old and weighed 25 pounds, had been declawed on all four feet and has hearing problems. He had been at the shelter for six months, with nobody showing interest in him.
“The moment I laid eyes on him, I knew he was mine,” she said. “This poor baby was thrown out of the only home he had ever known, and he deserved to be loved. I took him home right then. We have been together for a year now. He has never even tried to bite anyone.
“He is the sweetest, most loving kitty. He is living a life of luxury now. And that is exactly what he deserves. I hope we have many years together.”
What a heart-wrenching story and a great reminder that older animals need great homes, too. I’m glad he was finally adopted and gets to live with someone who loves him.
To submit your pet for the Critter of the Year contest, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your animal’s name, breed (or species), photograph and a good story about them. Don’t forget your own name and city of residence. Animals will be judged in three categories: Dog of the Year, Cat of the Year and a Miscellaneous category.
BIG CAT(FISH) CAUGHT AT PERRY SPILLWAY: Mark River submitted a photograph of his nephew, Topekan Ian Brian, holding a 25-pound blue catfish caught this summer on cut shad while fishing at the spillway at Perry Reservoir. It’s a beauty of a fish and a reminder that monsters lurk in Kansas waters.