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SPCA Tampa Bay Facebook Photo Contest!

Is your pet the Best-Dressed pup in town?

 

Have you and your pet fallen prey to that bizarre phenomenon of looking alike? Do you have the absolute best-dressed animal around? SPCA Tampa Bay wants to see some proof of that for a good cause!  As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’m the Social Media consultant for the shelter, and starting next week, we’re launching our first of two Facebook photo contests to promote the 3K Pet Walk event coming up on October 16th. 

Pets on parade at 3K Pet Walk

 

If you’ve never taken part in 3K Pet Walk, I highly recommend it and not just because I work with the great people at SPCA Tampa Bay.  This year features a beautiful 3K course through North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. The beauty of this walk is that it really has no rules; you can bring your four-legged friend to walk with you, you can walk with just your human friends, you can walk  in honor of your cats, rats, snakes or birds, whatever you want. As long as you walk and raise money for the animals in desperate need of medical care in our community, we’re happy! (Sign up to walk here if you haven’t done so yet.) 

'Hotdog' anyone??

 

Among the many cool activities that people look forward to every year at 3K Pet Walk are the Best-Dressed Pet and Pet Look-a-like contests. Pet owners go all out and prepare weeks in advance to take part in these contests and as a former judge, let me tell you, the competition is fierce. I’ve seen wiener dogs (and Collies as seen in the pic to the left,) dressed up as, well, wieners with matching mustard and ketchup to boot. I’ve seen cowboy Weimaraners and princess Poodles and ladybug Pugs with wings.     

'Um, what are you?'

 

In a particular stroke of genius, I’ve seen a mohawked owner and his similarly tressed Chinese Crested draw huge applause with matching blue hairstyles in the Look-a-like competition. The point? I know many of you have some highly creative and hilarious pictures from past contests, Halloweens, etc…that you’re just dying to show off!   

You’ll get your chance to do that starting on Tuesday, September 7th. That’s when we’ll launch the Pet Look-a-like photo contest on SPCA Tampa Bay’s facebook page.  Whether you and your pet are dead ringers for each other or you’re sporting coordinated outfits, we want to see your pics. The look-a-like contest will run from the 7th until Tuesday, September 14th, then all the entries will be judged by the 3K Pet Walk Volunteer Recruitment Committee and a winner will be announced. The winning picture will serve as SPCA Tampa Bay’s facebook profile picture for a month and the winner will also receive a gift card.      

My animals aressed in a Chrismtas theme, with Louie as Santa...

 

Our second photo contest, the Best Dressed competition, will start on Monday, September 20th and run through Monday, September 27th   

...and Maho as Rudolph!

 

 Entries can include pets in any kind of costume or their finest clothing.  The same prizes will be awarded to the winner and the winning photo.  There are no limits on how many entries you can submit to either contest so start picking through those old photo albums or digging through all your digital pics to find that perfect, winning photo! To submit them, visit SPCA Tampa Bay’s facebook page and post your pictures on our page’s wall. I can’t wait to see them!    

   

   

   

 

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Rare Pairs

I heard one of the funniest stories about crazy animal pairings last week, right up there with that infamous elephant and dog story. (If you haven’t seen this, finish reading this blog first, of course, then grab a hanky and get ready to laugh and cry.)  The story I heard was also spawned by a rare pair such as that.      

Unusual BFF's-Simon and Cottontail

 

Every Wednesday, I take the SPCA Tampa Bay Pet/s of the Week on WQYK and WILD radio stations and on the Studio 10 daytime program to help get them adopted.  Last Wednesday I brought Cottontail the rabbit and Simon the guinea pig and their back story is seriously precious. This unusual pair was brought up together and are best friends. They live and travel in the same cage and in the first 15 minutes I spent with them I watched Simon burrow his tiny furry head into Cottontail’s side and fall asleep, THEN Cottontail used her teeth to pull a blanket over Simon like she was keeping him warm. I about died from the adorableness. (Is that even a word? If not, it totally should be.)   

So while the totally awesome twosome and I were hanging out in the radio station’s lobby, one of the employees approached me and when she heard about Cottontail and Simon’s rare friendship she told me she had an even crazier tale to tell.  She has an 8 month old Doberman puppy and his best friend is, (drumroll please)…a frog. How hilarious is that??        

Could this be your dog's next best friend??

 

 She told me it started a few months ago when she woke up to find her puppy had a new addition in his crate in the form of a sleeping frog. Thinking the  reptile had seriously wandered off course from her backyard, through the open sliding glass doors and through the crate’s bars, (and had gotten seriously lucky that he hadn’t become breakfast for the Doberman,) she shooed the little guy back into the yard and didn’t give it another thought.   

 That is, until the next morning when she discovered the same strange scene. This continued for a couple of weeks.  She’d put the frog outside each day but he’d unfailingly show back up each morning, either in the crate, in the dog’s food dish, and once, even on the landing of the staircase like he was headed up to their bedroom for a little snuggle. At first, she was just puzzled and a little amused, then she remembered hearing about some kind of toad that was poisonous to dogs, and she got pretty freaked out.   

 That’s when she got serious about the relocation process and had her husband take the frog several yards down to drop him off. Can you guess what happened next?  They then took the frog a whole block away, (do you know just how far that distance is for a frog??) but that persistent little bugger still found his way back somehow and was waiting next to his best friend to greet them the next day. At that point, she gave in. She did some research and determined the frog wasn’t the poisonous kind and considering the lengths he was willing to go to be with her puppy, she figured what was the harm? Sometimes there’s just no standing in the way of BFF’s.   

So cute! Sweetie grooms his buddy Louie

 

That story got me thinking about the various pairings-up of my animals. Unfortunately, none of my pets are BFF’s or really even FF’s. They basically just all tolerate each other, but occasionally I’m happily surprised to see two of them chumming around.  The cutest coupling is Louie and Sweetie.  Since he spent his first few years as a feral cat with very little interaction or affection, Sweetie takes forever to warm up to anyone, two-legged or four-legged. So the first time I  stumbled upon Sweetie purring contentedly while Louie licked and groomed his head, I freaked out and took about a hundred pictures. I took double that number when I discovered the tables had turned and Sweetie was the one doing the grooming on Louie. They don’t do it very often, and sometimes it devolves into a catfight, but it still thrills me every time I catch them cuddling up.   

Louie's cleaning fetish means he sleeps in the sink!

Louie must be a stickler for cleanliness because another pairing I’ll run across from time to time is Louie and our dog Maho.  When they’re not chasing each other for fun or struggling for the second in command position of power in the house, (Rhett being, of course, the long-running, undisputed head of the household,) Maho will suddenly decide that Louie’s crazy long hair needs to be tamed by her doggie tongue. Louie will lay there for a good minute, meowing sweetly while Maho laps at him like he’s a peanut butter bone.  But after that first minute, Louie’s tolerance takes a nosedive and his meows get increasingly more annoyed until they become more of a warning signal that he’s about to unleash his paws of fury.  Maho usually takes no notice at all and keeps right on licking until the inevitable happens and she takes an actual ‘lickin” from Louie.    

Rhett rarely pairs up with anyone...

 

...but he'd befriend Ally to take on a shared enemy.

 

And finally, even though Rhett rarely hangs out with any of his fellow animals, he would sometimes deign to pair up with his late sister Ally to take on a bigger enemy: The dog. None of the cats were thrilled when we brought Maho home as a 10 week old puppy, but as the two oldest and most set in their way of the bunch, Rhett and Ally were the most up in arms.  Sometimes it wasn’t enough for them to take her on one on one, so they’d gang up on her just to make sure she was well aware of their disdain.  It was quite comical to see Maho go flying by and a second later, Rhett and Ally running in tandem after her, hissing and howling and generally raising heck. 

  If you have any crazy animal couple tales to tell, we’d love to hear about them on the Adopt-a-human facebook page.  The page promotes the adoption of shelter cats and the more friends and interaction on the site, the more animals’ lives we can save!