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On the podium with Gold is — Sarge’s Pet Photography Contest

Deadline to enter is Feb. 28
By Paul Viau | Feb 20, 2014
Photo by: Paul Viau SNUG AS A BUG ON A RUG — Sarge's rescue cat, Marissa Viau, relaxes on a snowy winter day. Viau can't enter the photo contest, but you can.

As I sit down to write this column, I am looking out at a beautiful blanket of 10-plus inches of snow. Gratefully, Dr. Johnny, our subdivision’s go-to, master snow-plower, is hard at work. Carol and I, on the other hand, have been sitting back, watching the Winter Olympics.

The coverage has been spectacular, with the exception of two troubling stories. First, are all the complaints from snowboarders about poor snow conditions. If only we could send our white stuff to Sochi, Russia. They really need it — especially the dense, wet snow like we have been (and are still) getting.

Perhaps we could work out a trade with the Russians — our snow, in exchange for the rescue of the many stray dogs wandering around Sochi.

Troubling story number two is about the hundreds of dogs — used to guard buildings during the construction of the Olympic Village, then abandoned.

Gratefully, animal activists have come to the rescue and Sochi now has its own shelter.

Meanwhile, back here in Haywwoof (just kidding) County, where the terrain and recent weather are better suited for the Winter Olympics, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is hard at work every day — even on snow days — caring for dogs and cats and finding them new and loving homes.

Sarge’s rescued a record number of dogs and cats last year. It’s a beautiful picture — and speaking of pictures, it's time for Sarge’s 8th Annual Photo Contest.

You can support the important work of Sarge’s and showcase your own, beautiful pet(s) in the process. Here’s how it works.

First of all, you have to have a wonderful photo of your pet(s) — I know that won’t be a problem. Then cull the photos for the 10-20 best photos.

Actually, there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, except for the size of your heart and/or pocketbook. Entry fees are $10 per photo, and each photo must be submitted with its own entry form.

Entry forms can be downloaded at Sarge’s Website — www.sargeandfriends.org, and are also available at a number of Haywood County locations, including:

The Dog House, Mountain Dreams Realty, Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, Sarge’s Adoption Center, Country Lane Animal Hospital, Canton Animal Hospital, Balsam Animal Hospital, Maple Tree Animal Hospital, Junaluska Animal Hospital and The Animal Hospital of Waynesville.

Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 28. Categories for judging this year are:

Best in Show  — Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten, Photographers under the age of 12, Sarge’s Rescue, Other Pet (animal other than a dog or cat) and Super Shooters (previous Sarge’s first-place winners.)

After this year, I think Sarge’s should consider adding categories for “Pets in the Snow” “Pet-Selfies.” But that’s not for me to say.

According to Sarge’s official rules, all photos must be the original work of the photographer.

Photos also must be submitted unframed and un-matted, raging in size from a minimum of 4” x 6” and a maximum size of 8” x 10.”

Entries can be mailed to Sarge’s Adoption Headquarters, P.O. Box 854, Waynesville, NC, 28786 or delivered in person to the Adoption Center at 256 Industrial Park Dr. in Waynesville.

Sarge’s 8th Annual Pet Photography Contest will be judged by Beth Brown of Beth Brown Photography and Ellen Schattie, owner of Bocelli’s Italian Eatery in Waynesville.

Bocelli’s will host the awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15.

Best of Show winner will receive a free photo sitting at Beth Brown’s Photo Studio in Maggie Valley. First- and second-place winners will receive gift certificates for Bocelli’s.

For more information about Sarge’s 8th Annual Pet Photography Contest, call 246-9050 or visit — www.sargeandfriends.org.