Submissions postmarked by June 15

guarantee inclusion in the calendar

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is seeking adorable pet photos to be featured in its 2014 Pet Calendar. The $25 entry fee per photo guarantees inclusion in MHS’ 16th annual calendar. The top entries will be selected for special Pet of the Month placement, with all other photos appearing in a variety of formats throughout the calendar. Entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2013. Proceeds will help MHS change the lives of animals in need. Download an entry form (only one form needed per household) at www.michiganhumane.org


Photo guidelines:

•             Photos must be clear, in color, contain only pets, and be no larger than 4” X 6”. Glossy finish preferred.

•             Horizontal (landscape) orientation preferred; this is required for Pet of the Month placement.

•             For quality reasons, color prints made at home on inkjet or laser printers cannot be considered for Pet of the Month placement. However, these types of prints will be accepted for the smaller photos featured throughout the calendar.

•             Photos taken at a commercial studio must include a signed copyright release.

•             Dogs and cats wearing collars and ID tags and cats photographed indoors will receive best consideration.

•             Name, phone number and pet’s name must be written on the back of each photo using a permanent felt-tip pen (not a ballpoint, which may damage the photo).


Mail entries to:

Michigan Humane Society

2014 Pet Calendar

30300 Telegraph Rd, Suite 220

Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Calendars will be available for purchase in mid-October for $15 plus tax.

For more information, call (248) 283-1000,

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

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“You’ve Got A Friend”

Cody and Dakota on chair wordless wed


There are a lot of contests out there that many of us enter that offer prizes such as money, pet supplies and blog “notoriety”, just to name a few. I recently entered a contest that for me, was probably the most emotionally rewarding of any contest that I have entered thus far.


My friend Ann Paws who is the author  of one of my favorite new blogs:


Click here to visit!

had a contest where we had to submit a photo of what our PETS are thankful for.


For me, this was a no-brainer. My “boyz” are MOST thankful for EACH OTHER. This photo was my entry:




Cody and Dakota have a most unique relationship. I couldn’t be more blessed, nor could THEY!


They are playmates, partners in crime and conspiracy, companions when my husband and I aren’t home,  they visibly worry when one of them is gone from our home even if it is just for an hour or two.  At night, by choice, they  sleep in close proximity of each other. My vet often tells me how he marvels at the intensity of their bond. Don’t tell them that cats and dogs aren’t supposed to get along. They exhibit care and concern for each other that many of us could learn from. All of this, and my method of “introducing” them  completely defied “conventional” blogging and textbook guidelines. I listened to my heart, which rarely steers me wrong.


There were 3 winners of this contest and my photo of Dakota and Cody was the GRAND PRIZE WINNER! I am honored and elated that my photo won the contest! What thrilled me the most was that the “judge” of this contest was Anns’  8 year old daughter, Lily:


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What was special to me,  was this was TRULY a “fair and unbiased” judge who not only didn’t know any of the entrants, she just loves animals! There was no “hidden agenda” here! You know what they say, “out of the mouths of babes.” Lily said that my photo was  “adorable.”

You can’t fool a child. Children are often our harshest critics. They respond on an emotional level,  a child can sense dishonesty and those with less than stellar intentions a mile away. Ironically, our pets also have this ability. Want to know if a person is GENUINE? Introduce them to your children or your pets.


Being the winner of the “GRAND PRIZE” for this contest didn’t bring money, or pet toys or supplies or even a shiny statuette. The prize is THIS lovely badge that I am displaying with enormous pride:




this is PRIZE ENOUGH for me! I don’t have mad photography skills,  or the latest camera loaded with bells and whistles. What I DO have are a dog and a cat whose affection for each other lit up that photo and made my message clear.


My “prize” was my work touching the heart of a child. To me, that is the GREATEST gift of all, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving….I THANK YOU LILY from the bottom of my heart.





Published in: on November 19, 2012 at 10:00 am  Comments (46)  
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