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Is My Dog Boring Me Contest: Two more winners!

When I feel bullied by my blog, our relationship often benefits from a bit of distance, not necessarily from the blog itself but from a particular issue. That was the case with the Is My Dog Boring Me contest. It was a cat — a cat! — who reminded me to trust my instincts. Mr. Breeze, a.k.a. Kittehboi, wrote: “Dude, just pick one on da merits of da photo,” which is what I had planned to do before all I got all angsty. Except it wasn’t one photo, but two, that won me over. And what can I do if they happen to be my “furr-ends,” as Mr. Breeze put it, too?

Without further ado, then, here are the two additional winners of Am I Boring My Dog,  two super bloggers (and people) who took the time to match stories with photos:

Roxanne Hawn of Champion of My Heart came up with a wonderfully surreal image to accompany her story of how the Chinese Crested lost its hair.

Chinese Crested — Initially bred as companion/guard dogs for chickens inside the chicken coop itself, the Chinese Crested (a toy-sized breed) once sported a full, bright red “comb” (its crest) and a full body of hair. BUT the loose chicken feathers stuck to the dogs, which became difficult. Through careful breeding and no small amount of elbow rubbing inside smaller coops, the Chinese Crested became the nearly naked breed we know today.

(Note the Chinese Crested in the lower right corner)

Don’t let the dog’s size fool you. The Chinese Crested is a well-worn protector of both fowl and unusually large heads of broccoli upon which they snack.

Kim Clune of This One Wild Life started out with the image (I think) and cleverly came up with a story to accompany it.

Note the mud-moving nose

Landseer Newfoundland – Once bred to be adept at dragging overthrown fisherman from freezing waters to the safety of dry shores, this water dog is actually notorious for discovering land masses of any kind – at any time.

As the Christopher Columbus of the dog world, the mission of the Landseer Newfoundland is not only to discover fresh, new dirt, but to thieve it too. Muddy bits of newly discovered and consumed earth are often bubbling from their giant lips while muddy globs are carefully wedged between their toes, often smuggled (and smudged) back to their homeland with misguided pride. Famous (or infamous) for colonizing couches wearing continents of residue, the Landseer Newfoundland is often chastised (in this house) for foraging the spoils of foreign, indigenous lands and tracking these ill-gotten “treasures” across their cushiony quarters. For that, they will historically have mud on their face.

Congratulations to you both!

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12 Comments

  1. Posted December 21, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Congrats to both Kim and Roxanne! Great stories, clever writing. And Edie, the contest was fun!

  2. Posted December 21, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks for honoring my terrible photoshop image.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted December 21, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      I loved that you did it and thought it a surreal masterpiece. I still want to hear the story behind the chicks and the broccoli.

  3. Posted December 21, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Congrats Roxie and Kim!

  4. Posted December 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to the winners! Those are both awesome entries. The creativity of others is impressive!

  5. Clare
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    All the entries were LOL funny, but I have to say I particularly appreciated the style of the Chinese Crested entry, it so perfectly followed the babble at Westminster (“Don’t let the dog’s size fool you….”) or was it “Best in Show”?

  6. Posted December 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Out of the mouths of kittehs… Great stories and congratulations to both – that photoshop is funny and as you said, surreal and Kim’s story was hilarious from the Landseer’s evolution from savior to discoverer of new earth!

  7. Posted December 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    *chortle snort* i love that the chinese crested is smaller than the chickens! congrats both!

    since it’s coming to the end of the year, i thought i’d take this opportunity to say – thanks for your guilt-free zone. as you know, i have on occasion found your blog a useful tool in communicating with the other half! [story in my latest post.] i wonder what i’ll get out of him next year, thanks to you. perhaps you’d like to work on a post about holidaying in brazil :p

    thanks especially for replying to me in the 1st few comments that i ever made on your blog AS GEORGIA LITTLE PEA. i have to say, you’re one of the few who ever wrote back TO GEORGIA! i knew you were going to be fun from that moment on!

    happy christmas ms jarolim, and have a great new year! 🙂 xox

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted December 23, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      What nice things to say, Georgia! I’m afraid there’ll be no holidaying in Brazil — Frankie refuses to go to any topless beaches — but other than that I hope you’ll find more useful information here and in other blogs you mention in your post (some of my favorites!) next year.

      I’m astonished that bloggers would not have responded to you as Georgia! How disrespectful. And that’s the name you signed your comment with. What else would I call you? Speaking of which, we’ve known each other long enough that you can call me Edie. Or Dr. J (long story).

      Have a very happy Christmas and New Year, too!

  8. Edie Jarolim
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Yikes — the Chinese Crested disappeared! I’m going to have to go fetch it!

  9. Posted December 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Roxanne! And thank you, Edie! I loved all the entries.

    This contest was so much fun that I actually took fa more time than I should have to participate. The challenge was a riot. As for the Landseer, I started with the name and thought about how much I loathe all the “land” dragged into my house. The photo was an afterthought, one of many in a collection of muddy footprints, snotty windows, filthy fur and, of course, the happiest of dirty dogs. That reminds me, stinky Shamus needs a bath before company tomorrow!

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted December 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      Thank YOU for participating, Kim. It was clear you took a lot of time with the entry!

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