LONGMONT — Alpine and Sir Galahad want your vote.
The two Longmont dogs beat the odds and have been chosen as finalists in Milk-Bone’s “Make Your Dog Famous” contest: Alpine, a 1-year-old female Newfoundland; and Sir Galahad, a 5-year-old male Great Pyrenees.
Alpine and Galahad, both Colorado natives and Milk-Bone biscuit fans, were entered in the contest by their owners, Kevin Coopman and Kim Stiles, on a whim. Neither received special preparation before the competition.
The contest began in August with more than 47,000 entrants. It’s now down to the final 20 dogs, with five in each category: small, medium, large and extra large.
Until Oct. 4, the public can vote online for their favorite dogs (one from each category) at www.milkbone.com.
Milk-Bone asks voters to take into account photographic appeal, cuteness and personality. Balloting is limited to one vote per person, e-mail address or household per day.
Each winning dog will be featured on the front of a Milk-Bone box and will receive a professional photo shoot. Each winning dog’s owner will receive $250 in cash and a one-year supply of Milk-Bone dog snacks.
According to Coopman, Alpine enjoys swimming and camping and does a great job of keeping watch over Coopman’s two sons.
Alpine’s strongest skill, Coopman noted, is her ability to swim. He explained that because of their webbed paws, Newfoundlands are excellent swimmers and have been used as water rescue dogs for years.
Sir Galahad comes from a line of sheep guard dogs and does a good job of keeping watch over the household, according to Kim Stiles.
She noted that Galahad is well-traveled, enjoys going on walks and likes to accompany the family to brew pubs, where Galahad gets his own burger.
“Regardless of the outcome, it’s been neat just having him finish this close,” Stiles said.
If Galahad does win, however, Stiles said they are looking forward to the excitement and the year’s supply of dog biscuits.
Coopman said he wants to turn this contest into something positive. If Alpine wins, he said, the prize money will be donated to hurricane victims.
Laurel Ann Henderson can be reached at 303-684-5336, or by e-mail at email@example.com.