(Originally posted Dec. 25, 2013) Think you've got a real-life Lassie working on your farm? Well, you better submit him/her for the 2014 Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog Contest.
If every dog has his day, do your best to make sure your dog's day comes this May when the 2014 Favorite Farm Dogs are announced. To nominate your dog, send us no more than two photos along with a maximum of 250 words on why your dog deserves to be the 2014 winner.
In the essay, please remember to include the dog's name, breed, age and what makes him or her the perfect candidate. Also, include your name, (the name of the photographer if different from the entrant's name), your address and phone number.
The winning farm dog's owners will receive $100. Second place is $50, and third gets $25. Of course, this is a pittance compared to the notoriety your four-legged friend will receive in the magazine. If your dog takes home top prize, all the neighborhood animals will be stopping by to see a living legend.
2013 top dog
Last year, Smokey, a blue heeler from Effingham, took home top honors in Prairie Farmer's annual Favorite Farm Dog contest.
Owner Lisa Zumbahlen heard an ad for free blue heeler puppies on the radio one morning. For Lisa, seeing Smokey for the first time was love at first sight. Her husband, Bill, had some reservations.
Bill wanted a cattle dog. In his experience, blue heelers are typically too aggressive to work cattle. Lucky for both of them, Smokey isn't a typical blue heeler.
He's a fantastic herder and loves working cattle from dusk to dawn. Even Bill admits, "He's really good at getting them to do what he wants without going overboard."
Smokey's work ethic and dedication to his farm family earned him the 2013 Favorite Farm Dog title.
Get those nominations polished and in the mail by March 15. You can e-mail entries to email@example.com or mail them to Favorite Farm Dogs, Prairie Farmer, 812 Kelley Dr., O'Fallon, IL 62269.
Please do not submit Polaroids or photos printed on lightweight (copier) paper. All entries become property of Prairie Farmer and will not be returned.