Crazy about pets: Columbus Monthly Pet Contest
After receiving nearly 200 submissions for the cutest pet contest, we are happy to announce the winner, as well as some of the top contenders. Check out columbusmonthly.com for more pet pictures.
Scarlet, a goldendoodle, our choice for the cutest pet. Photo courtesy pet owner.
Submitted by David Larsen and Jackie Gibboney
Scarlet, a goldendoodle, was a graduation gift from Gibboney’s father to the couple after she graduated with her master’s in social work from Ohio State this summer. It sounds like Scarlet is a busy pup, between taking obedience classes at PetSmart and still finding time to ruin Gibboney’s favorite pair of flip flops. “Scarlet loves flip flops. We have to hide them in the closet,” she explains.
Submitted by Sara Binkley
Dancer certainly seems to have nine lives. She was saved from the side of the road by Colony Cats, a rescue group, late last year and ended up in foster care at the Binkley home. After feeding her by syringe and nursing her back to health for months, the family adopted her. “I have two kids who are 8 and 10, and I swear she thinks she’s one of them,” says Binkley, laughing.
Submitted by Lynn Metzger
A spaniel mix, Z was adopted by her owner through the Columbus Dog Connection in 2004. Metzger says she’s a happy dog. “Her tail wags all the time,” she says. “She is a big dog trapped in a small dog’s body, which means she thinks she’s real tough when she sees bigger dogs.”
The dog whisperer
Camille and Fred
Submitted by Penny Mavrikis
Chocolate lab Camille and orange tabby Fred are best buds, says owner Mavrikis. “Fred is Camille’s personal groomer. He’s always cleaning her eyes and ears,” she explains. Camille also keeps busy as a pet therapy dog, making frequent visits to Carriage Court, an assisted living facility in Hilliard.
Submitted by Nichole Runyon
Lola, an English bulldog, is 3 years old and “70 pounds of fire,” says her owner.
Too fun not to mention
Chumly, yellow lab
Submitted by Joan Barnes
Lucas, yellow lab
Submitted by Shaune Skinner
Maggie, golden retriever, with “her uncle,” Stephen Dial.
Submitted by Andrea Bowerman
Papi, French bulldog
Submitted by Sandy Mendoza
Subject of most ambitious submission
Submitted by Elizabeth Hewitt
We receive quite a few submissions to our contest from doting pet owners, but a 12-page PowerPoint presentation? That’s a first. Elizabeth Hewitt and her husband, Tim Holmes, sent us exactly that (see right for one of the slides from the PowerPoint), documenting the everyday life of their mini pinscher, Archie, named after the arch of the foot by his owners, two foot and ankle surgeons. Hewitt assures us that Archie would be “elated” to be featured in the magazine, and writes that it would spare him the embarrassment of his “mother” giving him a spray tan and having him try out for TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras.” She adds, “Do not call the Humane Society on me—I swear he likes it :)” ♦