The first-ever Happy Dog Phoenix Summer Challenge has a winner: Gail Horton.
As you may remember, the objective of the challenge was to submit up to seven suggestions on how to keep your dog cool during the summer. Gail came out of the gate strong on this one, suggesting six keep-cool ideas in just one day – including playing “Hide the Kibble’’ and “Hide and Seek’’
And she had the photos to back up her ideas.
How we selected a Dog Days Summertime Challenge
But there was an element of luck in this as well. I tallied up the names of everyone who had submitted a summer cool-down idea. Way more than 30 suggestions – so an idea a day for a month! Sprinklers, stand-up paddling, shopping, mobile gyms, frozen treats and some serious napping were among the ideas. And then I wrote out each submission on a slip of paper and then randomly smeared one slip with peanut butter and then threw the slips in the air and let Artie the dog find the peanut-butter slip.
Sounds like work but it was kind of fun on a still-hot Sunday afternoon.
So, we have our winner and Gail will be getting a gift card for $120 that she can use at a local store.
Keeping cool in the summer
I loved seeing your photos and hearing your ideas of keeping the dog cool and happy during what I think was a pretty bad summer. There were those couple stinkin’ hot days in July and while I love the rain, this year’s humidity (and the high temps that came with it) really took it out of me. That’s why I loved the contest so – it felt like we were all in this together, dealing with the heat and taking care of our dogs together — it was a great feeling of camaraderie!
So, stay tuned – our Halloween costume challenge will be here before we know it! Or if you have any other contest ideas — please let me know.
And stay cool everyone!