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Charleston County Parks News

Posted on: January 2, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Top Dog Mascot Contest returns Feb. 1

2012 Top Dog Jax (at right) and Vice Top Dog Winston

[CHARLESTON] – Do you know a special pooch who loves the county dog parks and possesses true star quality? The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is searching for its next Top Dog mascot! This lucky canine will be the official mascot of CCPRC dog parks and pet events for 2013. If you know a dog that has what it takes to be the leader of our pack, we encourage you to enter the Top Dog contest, beginning Feb. 1.

The official Top Dog ambassador will serve one year as the “spokesdog” for CCPRC, representing CCPRC in promotional opportunities at select county park events, photo opportunities and more. Entries will be accepted online Feb. 1 - 15, 2013 at To be eligible for consideration, a dog must:
• Be a regular visitor to the CCPRC dog parks
• Possess good manners in public, be sociable, patient and have a friendly personality
• Be photogenic
• Be available to represent CCPRC as a promotional “spokesdog” for a year beginning April 2013
• Show record of current and up-to-date vaccinations

Voting for the 2013 Top Dog will be open to the public from Feb. 16 - 27. Voting will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Visit in February for details on how to vote. Finalists will be interviewed in March at Dolittle’s pet store, and a winner and runner-up will be selected from those finalists. The 2013 Top Dog will receive an official mascot collar, leash and t-shirt. The selected pooch will also have his or her photo grace the cover of CCPRC’s Quarterly Parks and Program Guide, a feature article and photo in CCPRC’s Leisure Line e-newsletter and a feature photo and story on

Want to enter your best canine friend in the search? Nominate your dog online at beginning Feb. 1. Entries must be received by Feb. 15, 2013. Interested in helping us select our finalists? Be sure to vote on our website starting on Feb. 16! The Top Dog Mascot Contest is brought to you by Dolittle’s pet stores and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. Good luck, and may your best friend win!

Contest Timeline:
February 1, 2013: Contest opens for online submittals
February 15, 2013: Contest closes for online submittals
February 16 - 27, 2013: Finalists will be determined by online voting
March 1 – 15, 2013: Finalists’ Interviews and Top Dog and Vice Top Dog selection
April 13- 14, 2013: Official Top Dog and Vice Top Dog announcement at Pet Fest

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