Bark In The Park searching for ‘Top Dog’

HUNTERSVILLE – Dog lovers are being encouraged to sign-up their pooches for this year’s Top Dog Photo Contest, part of the 2011 Pedigree Bark in the Park Dog Festival on April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd. in Huntersville.

Dog owners entered 75 pet photos last year, and the public cast so many votes that the system crashed and the winner had to be determined by a drawing. The winner was a Belgian Malinois named Zane.

The entry period lasts from Tuesday, March 1 to March 20. Owners can register online at The entry fee is $12.

Judges will select three finalist photos for cleverness and originality. Finalists will be posted on the Park and Rec website March 30, and the public can vote online April 1 to 17 for Top Dog.  The winner will be announced April 20 on the website. The Top Dog and owner will receive a professional portrait by Tianna Fisher, a year’s supply of dog food and serve as grand marshals of the Pooch Parade at Bark in the Park.

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