Last year, it was Tobey.
This year, it could be your lovable Shih Tzu, like Tobey, or other kind of dog, cat, bird, horse or whatever pet you may have to be the winner of the 2014 Pet Calendar Contest.
Tobey was declared the 2013 Pet of the Year as part of The Telegram’s annual Pet Calendar contest. He got the most votes from readers with a total of 5,940 votes.
The winning photo of two-year-old Tobey, owned by John Salamone, of Herkimer, was of Tobey wearing sunglasses and seated on a motorcycle.
In a Dec. 12, 2012 Telegram article which announced Tobey’s win, Salamone described Tobey as having “human eyes” and said he likes to run and play.
“This is such a fun contest that our readers really look forward to,” said Telegram Publisher Beth Brewer. “We’re excited to bring it back each year.”
Brewer said the contest raises money for the Newspapers-in-Education program, which supplies newspapers in local school districts. The NIE program was developed to enable educators to use the newspaper as a resource.
The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. Send a sharply contrasted color photo of your pet to “Pet Calendar,” c/o The Telegram, P.O. Box 551, Herkimer, NY 13350. On the back of the photo, lightly print your name, address, daytime phone number and your pet’s name, breed and anything unusual about your pet.
The photos of the finalists will be published in November. Readers will cast dime votes for their favorite pet. The pet with the most votes by noon, Friday, Nov. 29, will be declared Pet of the Year. The other 12 finalists will be Pet of the Month. In case of a tie, a coin toss will decide the winner.
Photos will not be returned, unless accompanied with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Employees of The Telegram and The Times and their families, carriers and motor route drivers are not eligible to participate.
The calendar will be distributed to subscribers in January 2014.