story by Joan Allison | photos by Peggy Foster
HERE SHE IS! YOUR FIRST-EVER RUPAWS PET FACE PHOTO CONTEST WINNER
ABOUT ROSIE At just 6 months old, Rosie captured the hearts of our judges. She’s the fur baby of Kevin Reed of Memphis. Kevin says about his baby, “On our fifth wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with Rosie. She’s a beautiful, rambunctious Chihuahua puppy who loves to run, play, nibble and roughhouse. She loves every person and dog she meets, but at the same time, has become quite accomplished at driving her new sister crazy. It’s lots of fun watching Rosie explore and discover new things. The first time she discovered her tail, she chased it repeatedly; spinning like the Tasmanian Devil which resulted in her staggering around as if she had one too many margaritas. You can follow her adventures on Facebook at Chihuahua Ha Ha.
WHAT OUR JUDGES SAID ABOUT ROSIE
Rosie’s adorable eyes and ears make you want to reach down and give her some lovin’ and nice head massage. —Breanna Fuller
Tiny dogs give great big love! She is such a cute pup that I am sure is ready for a good cuddle. —Katelyn Clifford
2nd PLACE: FLOWER
PET PARENT IS NANCY BONTLY
ABOUT FLOWER Flower is a four year old boy who’s ‘first in his breed.’ His mom says, “Flower just wants to be with his humans. He takes up more than his share of a king size bed because he loves sleeping on (or even under) as many of his humans as he can. He is our shadow. But he certainly waits until the last person is out of bed in the morning to decide he needs to go out. No 5 am on a Saturday here. Any snuggle time with his humans is time well spent.”
WHAT OUR JUDGES SAID ABOUT FLOWER
He seems like the perfect dog to lounge around on the couch on a rainy Saturday and watch Netflix all day. —Breanna Fuller
I want to give (him) a big snuggle and make him smile. —Dr. Jen Clay
3rd PLACE: SHELDON
PET PARENT IS SHAWN MATHEWS
ABOUT SHELDON Sheldon is a one-year-old mini Aussiedoodle. His dad says he’s “probably more Aussie than Doodle. His favorite activities include gutting squeaky toys, playing fetch, going on long walks, chasing and barking at helicopters and airplanes and digging holes in the yard. He loves to chew up dad’s shoes, phone chargers, remotes, socks and underwear. He demands attention 24/7 and will not take no for an answer. He is adorable and knows it, therefore gets away with a lot of shenanigans. Sheldon filled a void in my life. Even though he can be a little booger, he brings me great joy.”
WHAT OUR JUDGES SAID ABOUT SHELDON
Look at that smile! Sheldon is ready for a fun day in the park! —Katelyn Clifford
I think he’s the picture perfect midtown dog. (My daughter) Louise called him the ‘parade dog.’ —Dr. Jen Clay
EXHIBITION CATEGORY (for employees and families of Focus Mid-South)
ABOUT THE CONTEST: OUR JUDGES AND THEIR FURBIES
The RuPaws Pet Face contest was the brainchild of Focus Publisher Ray Rico. It was a chance for us all to have fun while at the same time giving readers the chance to show off their fur babies.
Contestants submitted their applications online, and a panel of judges determined the winners.
Judges were selected based on their involvement in helping animals.
Dr. Jen Clay, D.V.M.
Owner of Utopia Animal Hospital
Pets are the best example of unconditional love.
Owner, Kenner Communications, and long-time foster mom for Tunica Humane Society, All 4s Rescue and Wilson Animal Rescue
Pets have been my best friends all my life!
Hollywood Feed In-House Counsel
Animals have perfect honesty and perfect trust. They pull the best qualities out of us, and open our hearts.
Hollywood Feed Customer Service Liaison
Despite the flaws we as humans have, pets love us with all they are.
Hollywood Feed Event Coordinator
I love animals because they have the most loving souls.