As the dog days of summer stretch on, one group already is prepping for next year with the Dogs of Downtown Hillsboro 2020 calendar competition.
Primrose and Tumbleweeds restaurant/wine bar owner Dawn Sellers, Annette Cornish and photographer Danyel Rogers all love their furry best friends.
With that shared love, the three created a competition that they hope will make an impact on the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter.
"We are just three local gals who love to give back to our community," Cornish said. She met Rogers at Wag to My Heart's grand opening, and the partnership grew from there.
"It is a good, fun project, and the community has been great at opening their arms," Rogers said. "It's adorable to go through and see all of the dogs."
The competition invites owners to submit a photo of their puppies or dogs to be considered in online voting. All the proceeds from the contest will be donated to the animal shelter.
To enter your dog, visit gogophotocontest.com/dogsofdowntownhillsboro. The entrance fee is $10 and features the dog's bio to accompany the submitted photo.
The contest ends at 9 p.m. on National Dog Day, or Monday, Aug. 26, and dog photos can be submitted up until then. The calendar release date is to be determined, but is expected before Halloween, Sellers said. It will be available for purchase around downtown Hillsboro and at the Bonnie Hays shelter.
Currently, more than 40 dogs are in the running, and some have hundreds of votes. The 13 dogs with the highest votes, one for each month and one for the cover, will have a professional photo taken by Rodgers, who owns and operates Wag to My Heart, a pet photography studio in downtown Hillsboro. The dog that receives the most votes will be featured on the cover, and its owner gets a free calendar and a prize basket.
Each vote costs $1 and can be submitted multiple times to the same one or to different dogs. Submitters are encouraged to post to social media to ask followers to vote. Votes also can be "banked," or saved to
be entered at the last minute.
Don't live in Hillsboro? No problem. Dogs that have owners who work, play or visit Hillsboro are eligible to enter.
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