2015 TALLY TOP PET WINNERS

2015 Tally Top Pet & Tally Top Dog
Rudyduke

2015 City Kitty
TabbyCat

2015 A Horse of Course
Snuggles

2015 Lil’ Critter
Cadbury

2015 Shelter’s Choice
Benjamin Buttons

2014 TALLY TOP PET WINNERS

2014 Tally Top Pet & Tally Top Dog
Manny

2014 City Kitty
Marco

2014 A Horse of Course
Alia

2014 Lil’ Critter
Drogon

2014 Shelter’s Choice
Tonks

2013 TALLY TOP PET WINNERS

2013 Tally Top Pet & City Kitty
Max

2013 Tally Top Dog
Manny

2013 A Horse of Course
Gypsy

2013 Lil’ Critter
Spaz

2012 TALLY TOP PET WINNERS

2012 Tally Top Pet & Top Business Dog
Emily

2012 Top Senior Dog
Sherman

2012 Top Citizen Dog
Lover Boy

2012 Top Leadership Dog
Abbey

2012 Top College Dog
Princess

2012 Top Adoptable Pet
Julliett

2011 TALLY TOP PET WINNER – Ari

2011 Winner-01-01Here’s part of Ari’s story:

On the second Friday of every month my mom secures my tie-dyed bandanna around my neck and together, as a “unit”, we visit the Alzheimer’s Respite Room at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. (I wish we could go every week, but my mom has this thing called a “full time job.)  We started volunteering there in December — my first “real” gig as a new graduate.  The staff, volunteers, and most of the clients are kind and welcoming, though at first, a few seemed intimidated by me. I think it may have been because of my size. I seem to have won them over with my big heart and giant paws. Now when I arrive, big smiles light up their faces and they exclaim “Ari’s here! Ari, come here!” Though inside I am super-excited about being there, I maintain my professional composure. I cooly saunter over and lay my head in their lap or press my nose against their legs allowing them to pet me all over and feel how soft I am. Or if they prefer, we just hold hands.  When I arrive at 1:30, the group has finished eating lunch. The ladies are seated at the dining room table playing bingo or doing arts and crafts, and the men have retired to the back room to play cards. I make my rounds with the ladies first. Sometimes, they are too busy with their activity to spend time with me, but I don’t take it personally. I just move on to the next person until I have made my way around the entire table. Then I stop in the kitchen to sniff around and see my friend, Charles. Charles is a nice volunteer who always offers a bowl of water. I appreciate that. Hard work makes me thirsty. Then I stroll into the back room and try my paw at a game of “Go Fish” with the guys. We laugh a lot and I listen as they share stories and memories about their own dogs.

Every visit is to The Alzheimer’s Respite Room is special, but one of my favorites was in February when the ladies invited me to make a rhinestone valentine for my mom. On my most recent visit, I made a woman cry tears of joy.

The last part of my routine includes a hike up the hill to the “small house,” stopping to “water” plants along the way. My friends Karen, James, Geno, Reecie, Brooks, James, and Bill work tirelessly at The Alzheimer’s Project providing education, services and resources to the community, so I sense that they need affection and therapy, too. I am all too happy to oblige. I like when we all relax together on the floor. I let them admire me, stroke me, and rest their heads on my furry belly.

I hope to eventually branch out in my work, but I want to always visit my friends at the Alzheimer’s Respite Room. I enjoy humans of all ages, but I have a special place in my heart for the older ones. I like how they gaze lovingly into my eyes and treat me with respect. Though my being there makes them happy, I feel like I benefit, too. I learn a lot from them, like about how to “be in the moment” and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Some tender ear petting and a hearty paw shake can bond you in very special ways.

 

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Every dollar raised by the Tally Top Pet Photo Contest is used to support Be The Solution in providing low cost spay and neuter vouchers in our community. Be the Solution had a record-breaking year in 2015 with more than 3,407 spay and neuter surgeries completed. This resulted in the total number of animals fixed through this program to15,060. More importantly, Animal Shelter intakes decreased dramatically over the past several years. In 2014, the shelter’s pet intake number was 5,994 — a decrease of nearly 5,000 animals since 2009. Euthanasia rates have decreased as well and are about 40% of shelter intakes.

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