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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
At the King Park Dog Park celebration ceremony held on Saturday, Picture Pittsfield announced the winner of its “Picture Your Pup” dog photo contest.
An 11-week-old Great Dane puppy named Lottie was named the winner of the contest. Lottie was determined to be the winner after a public vote was held via Facebook poll and email submissions.
Lottie’s owners are Jenna and Laura Maki, and Lottie was presented to receive her “Picture Your Pup” prize package by the sons of Jenna and Laura – Charlie and Henry Maki.
According to Jenna Maki, the new King Park Dog Park is a welcome amenity to dog owners in Pike County.
“A dog park is something we’ve looked forward to since we moved back here seven or eight years ago,” Maki said. “Every other place we’ve lived has had a dog park.”
Maki said that dog parks are a great way to improve a pet’s quality of life.
“It’s just a great place for dogs to run free, make buddies, and get some exercise,” Maki said. “I think it will be well received and well used – not just by us – but by lots of other dog owners.”
Maki credited the creation of the dog park to the sustained efforts of Picture Pittsfield, the Rotary Club of Pike County, and the City of Pittsfield.
“It’s great to have community groups come together to make positive changes in the community,” Maki said.
The “Picture Your Pup” photo contest was open to Pike County dog owners, who were welcome to submit amateur photos from May 26 to June 8.
The submitted photos were judged by a panel of Picture Pittsfield volunteers, and the top 12 photos were presented for public voting on June 15. The voting period ran through June 21.
Lottie, the prize-winning pup, was the recipient of a prize package featuring pet-related items from a number of local businesses.
■ A 15 can cooler donated by Pike County Quail and Upland Management (QUMA) led by Brenda Middendorf.
■ A $50 gift card from Farm & Home and a Kong HandiPOD 2-in-1 pickup bag dispenser and hand sanitizer.
■ Dog treats and a dog toy from County Market.
■ A $25 Car & Pet Wash rechargeable card from Route 54 Car & Pet Wash.
■ Coupons from Dari Ripple for pup cups.
■ Dog treats and personalized treat jars from Cattle Dog & Co, a business by Pike CEO graduate Kadence Haskins.
In addition to the announcement of the “Picture Your Pup” photo contest winner, Saturday’s King Park Dog Park celebration ceremony featured comments from Rotary Club president Jessica Guthrie and Pittsfield mayor Gary Mendenhall.
Also held during the dog park event, Pittsfield Public Library organized a Clifford the Big Red Dog storybook walk around the King Park walking path. Every child in attendance at the event received a book, as well as a chance to win a gift basket. The books were funded with a literacy grant awarded to the Rotary Club of Pike County from Rotary District 6460.
The King Park Dog Park is expected to open to the public in six to eight weeks. The King Park Dog Park is a cooperative effort of the Rotary Club of Pike County, Picture Pittsfield, and the City of Pittsfield.