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Annie named top dog in pet calendar contest

August 20, 2013

Top 12.

Annie, a golden retriever owned by Jim and Betty Gwatney, took top honors in the 2014 Saline Courier NIE Pet Calendar Contest.
Annie garnered 5,128 votes, finishing 329 votes ahead of runner-up Raine, owned by Rick Ricketts. They are two of the 12 pets to be featured in the 2014 Newspapers In Education Pet Calendar, which will be available for purchase by Thanksgiving. More than 36,000 votes were cast during the contest period, which ended Aug. 2.
The contest helped raise more than $9,000 to support The Saline Courier’s Newspapers In Education program, which provides copies of the newspaper to classroom students at no cost to the school, teachers or students.
“We provide about 1,500 copies of the paper to schools across the county from September through May and the money raised from this contest helps offset the printing and delivery expense,” said Steve Boggs, publisher of The Saline Courier.
“We want to thank the pet owners who entered and everyone who voted in the contest.”
In the battle for the final spot on the calendar, Sachimo, a 1-year-old yorkie owned by Brittany Kennedy, narrowly defeated Boots, a 6-year-old tuxedo cat owned by Pat Ioup. The margin was 32 votes.
The top 12 finishers will be featured in the 2014 calendar after being professionally photographed in the coming weeks. The calendars will be available for pre-order in October and will sell for $2 each.
The final results of the 2014 Pet Calendar Contest are as followed:
1 ANNIE 5128
2 RAINE 4799
3 MESSI 2161
4 HAZEL LAVERNE 2117
5 EVA 1879
6 MR. DOODLES 1580
7 COPPER 1564
8 PRECIOUS 1548
9 BUD 1501
10 BOOTS 1437
11 MASAI 1260
12 SACHIMO 1229
13 BOOTS 1197
14 DON KEE 1163
15 TONKA 1088
16 HOMER 792
17 CHA CHA 777
18 ELVIS 720
19 ZOYIE 589
20 CHRISSY 564
21 SUNNIE 556
22 LU LU 382
23 ROSCOE 269
24 PAISLEY 209
25 GEORGE 184
26 RIPLEY 163
27 SCOUT 154
28 BENTLEY 141
29 BELLE STAR118
30 ANNABELLE 104
31 RUSTY 101
32 ROWDY 100
33 BUSTER 100
34 CAYNE 84
35 SADIE 80
36 BUDDY 77
37 OAKLEY 66
38 TEXAS T 62
39 HEIDI 52
40 BOCEPHUS 45
41 WINSOR 44
42 SHADOW 42
43 SALLEY SUE 41
44 JACK JACK 33
45 RUTHIE 25
46 WINSTON 24
47 DIESEL 22
48 MAICIE 22
49 ANGEL 20
50 BABYGIRL 20
51 BLADE 12
52 BOO BOO 12
53 BUBBA 12
54 CHUMLEE 12
55 FRECKLES 12
56 GIGGET 12
57 GWEN 12
58 OLIVE 12
59 SAMMY 12
60 SHASTA 12
61 SHORTY 12
62 SPIKE 12
63 TAZ 12
64 TRAMP 12
65 TRUMAN 12

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