Free dog food for a year? Where do I sign up? Who wouldn’t like to have their pets eat a top-notch dog food and not pay a cent for it? Well, thanks to the generosity of Rich Zanetti, area representative for Nutro Pet Foods, entrants to Mason’s Old Yeller Day pet parade will have a chance to win free dog food for a year. On September 28th the Old Yeller Pet Parade, an event unique to Mason, will be held on the beautiful courthouse lawn. This event, honoring Mason County author Fred Gipson’s book, “Old Yeller,” is a fund-raiser for the library. All pets, costumed or not, (on-leash or held by their owners) are welcome to come out and “see and be seen.”
In addition to the parade, there are several contests for pets and their owners to enter. The contests are: “Best Costume,” “Owner-Pet Look-Alike,” “Old Yeller Look-Alike,” and “Best Trick.” As usual, an impartial panel of judges will award a gift certificate for free dog food to the winners in each contest, plus first-, second-, and third-place prizes (donated by Reigning Cats & Dogs) for each contest. “Best Costume” is judged on the pet’s costume, not the owner’s, and is an opportunity to let your creativity cut loose. “Owner-Pet Look-Alike” is NOT an insult - merely a chance to emphasize the resemblance between you and your pet, through matching costumes, etc. “Old Yeller Look-Alike” is pretty self-explanatory - author’s note - a Chihuahua has NEVER won it! And finally “Best Trick,” is for all those talented pooches or budding animal trainers. FYI - last year nobody entered “Best Trick,” and over $500 of free dog food was not awarded. Also, for you non-pet-owners with kids, there is one contest not involving pets - “Travis Look-Alike,” for the person most closely resembling Travis, the boy in “Old Yeller.” That contest DOES NOT win free dog food, but a great child-friendly prize instead (last year it was movie passes and an “Old Yeller” DVD). So put on your thinking caps and come out with your costumed and/or trick-trained dogs on September 28th and win big!