2013 Poster Dog Winner Announced!

The 2013 Poster Dog Has Been Selected!

There were many wonderful entries this year and we hope that those that were not selected will consider entering again next year.  We have some truly wonderful dogs in Anchorage and this contest is proof of that.  All entries will be posted on our Facebook page soon:  www.facebook.com/AnchorageAnimalCareAndControl

Poster Dog Winner:  Fender – Owner Ashley Anderson


Fender’s Story:

Fender (previously known as Leon) was taken into AACCC as a stray. My husband & I were “just looking” for a dog, not sure we were ready yet. While browsing the muni website I saw a picture of him with a red bandana & fell completely head over heels for him. Our journey with Fender began when we met him in a little room with some comfy couches, he hoped on my lap,  sniffed my hair & from then on I was hooked and knew we would do anything for this adorable face. He was only 6 months at the time we got him & now he just celebrated his 2nd birthday. Each year he gets a special doggie cupcake just for him, not to mention the other wonderful treats he gets everyday just for being Fender (his favorite is beef jello). He is so loved by our entire family, we cannot get enough of his special snuggle times with us. He’s so friendly and playful, but you give him a blanket & he will snuggle himself in so that you can only see his head popping out. I want to say a special thank you to  AACCC who picked him up off the streets because without your actions he would have never found his way to us and we just couldn’t imagine our lives without him.

The new Dog Licensing Campaign materials featuring Fender will hit a veterinary clinic near you in January 2013! 

2nd Place:  Molly – Owner Chris and Jennifer Richardson


Molly’s Story:

This is Molly, a 10 year old beagle that we adopted from animal control in 2004.  She was an owner-surrendered dog with a big voice and a talent for escaping from her previous owner’s condo.  While we were concerned about her escape aspirations (which were well documented by her previous owner), we thought that she would fit in well with our family and would be less likely to run away because we had a big fenced yard  and another dog for her to play with.  Unfortunately, she was not so easily cured.  In the week after we adopted her, she logged two unsuccessful escape attempts by slipping past me as I opened the front door of our house.  Eventually, we learned to open the door very cautiously.

On a trip to the park a few weeks after we adopted her, she twisted herself out of her collar and off her leash, then crawled under a fence and bolted into the neighboring forest.  We followed her into the woods and across a small but very muddy creek before losing sight of her.  Fortunately, we caught the sound of her baying a few minutes later.  She had chased a squirrel up a tree, and was happily waiting by it when we found her.  By the time we got her back to the car, we were covered in mud from the waist down.  We had lost our dignity, but we still had our dog.

Although she has gotten a little mellower in recent years, Molly will still exploit escape opportunities when they present themselves, such as the time a nephew left the front door open, or this summer when the lawn service arrived and opened the gate without knowing she was in the back yard.  Because of this, we have always kept Molly’s license current.  There is some peace of mind in knowing that if she ever does escape, AACCC will have her information and will know where she belongs.

3rd Place:  Wicket – Owner Kim Carlson


Wicket’s Story:

Wicket was rescued in January of 2012 from a pair of men that had hoarded close to 40 dogs and 50 plus birds. The dogs were found caged, covered in filth and malnourished. Wicket was taken in by Polar Pug Rescue and Friends and given a new name and the loving care that he required. He was shaved and bathed with baking soda baths due to being covered with urine and feces burns. Once he was well enough he was put up for adoption.

I saw Wicket on the Polar Pug site in March. I fell in love with him the first time I saw his picture. I quickly read his Bio and saw that he needed help with potty training. I’m not unfamiliar with rescue dogs, having had 6 previous to Wicket, and knew that potty training could be a very long road for some breeds. The potty training wasn’t an issue for me, I’ve helped dogs overcome it before and I could do it again, but I decided to make sure I wasn’t attempting to go on my ‘love at first site’ reaction, so I waited, telling myself that if it was meant to be and he wasn’t adopted in a few weeks I would put in my adoption application.

I thought about him constantly in those weeks, and my emotions never changed. I knew it wasn’t an impulse decision by that time so I put in my application. I was contacted rather quickly by Vickie Young of Polar Pug Rescue and had my interview with her and Wicket. I thought I had fallen in love before but meeting him in puppy person, well I was giddy and nervous and wanted to run out the door with him. I few days later he came home.

Wicket is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. Wicket goes with me to as many places that allow him. Wicket has had one accident in the house since I have had him and it was my fault for not paying attention. He is polite, intelligent, walks on a leash like a gentleman, plays well with dogs big and small and is affectionate. I have seen no behavior affects from his abuse but instead I have got to experience a little man that has lots of love to give.

Honorable mention:  Marlee – Owner Jonathan Tymick and Emily Hundley


Marlee was awarded honorable mention for the most creative submission we have ever received!  Here it is:

Story:  Pick Me, Maybe
(With thanks to Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe)

The AC flyer is here
It’s poster dog for a year
My owners give me a cheer,
And I submit my name!

I’d trade my soul for a fish,
Kitties, squirrels – oh how I wish
I’m always looking for this,
And now I’m on my way

I see the leash you’re holdin’,
Dog parks, Oh they’re somthin’
Bike Trails, My heart’s pumpin’
Tell me where we’re going, baby!

Hey, I just met you,
My name is Marlee,
And I’m a Brittany,
So pick me, maybe?

My poop is picked up,
By my owner,
and I’m a good dog,
So pick me, maybe?

Hey, when I meet you,
I’ll probably sniff you,
But I don’t jump up,
So pick me, maybe?

And all the other dogs,
Try to chase me,
But I am faster,
So pick me, maybe?

You take your time with the call,
I’ll be here chasin’ my ball
My tail is wagging and all
And now I’m on my way

I do tricks, I can sit stay and heel
My nose is something and thats for real
Findin’ birds — it’s no big deal,
And then I’m on my way

Your stare was holdin’,
Ripped toys, stuffing showin’
Ran off, chasing somethin’
I don’t see the problem, baby?

Hey, I just met you,
My name is  Marlee,
And I’m a Brittany,
So pick me, maybe?

It’s hard, I know right?
I’m the best choice
I live in Fairview
So pick me, maybe?

Hey, I just met you,
My name is Marlee,
And I’m a Brittany,
So pick me, maybe?

And all the other dogs,
Try to chase me,
But I am faster,
So pick me, maybe?

Before you came into my life
I behaved so bad
I had it so bad
I missed you so, so bad

Before you came into my life
I missed you so bad
And you should know that
I missed you so, so bad

It’s hard to pick one,
but I’m your best choice
So here’s my number,
So pick me, maybe?

Hey, I’d like to meet you,
And that photographer,
So here’s my number,
Please pick me – Marlee!



1 Response to “2013 Poster Dog Winner Announced!”

  1. 1 Rosie's mom October 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    These stories are wonderful! Thanks so much!

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