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Oak Harbor Dalmation seeks votes to win Seattle’s CityDog Magazine cover contest

Whidbey News-Times Staff reporter
October 14, 2012 · Updated 3:44 PM

Penny, a 9-month-old Dalmation, is competing to be the cover model of Seattle’s CityDog Magazine. She has advanced to the finals, thanks to owner Andrea Haugland, who enjoys taking photographs of Penny, especially as she chases her Frisbee. / Andrea Haugland photo

This spot-covered dog is in the spotlight as she competes to be on the cover of Seattle’s CityDog Magazine. Voting is open through October and Penny, the only Oak Harbor pooch in the running, seeks votes.

Penny was born to grace the cover of magazines, according to her owner, Andrea Haugland of Oak Harbor.

“Her face belongs on a magazine cover,” Haugland said. “She’s adorable. She’s cover dog material.”

CityDog Magazine held six model searches in the Seattle area and Penny won at West Seattle Thriftway. Each event raised funds for animal-related causes. Penny is now competing against five very different dogs for the grand prize.

“They’re all super cute so she’s got some tough competition,” Haugland said.

Fond of her Frisbee and always eager for attention, the 9-month-old Dalmation may have a future in front of the camera.

“She’s my little model,” said Haugland, who enjoys photography in her spare time, especially taking photos of Penny racing after her Frisbee or posing on the back of a firetruck.

When Haugland decided to get her first dog, she chose a Dalmation, despite hearing that they’re a lot to handle.

“I guess I just wanted a dog that you don’t see very often,” Haugland said. She put Penny through 12 weeks of training and socialized her from day one.

“So she turned out to be very good, very playful, very friendly,” Haugland said, adding that she’s grateful to have such a well-behaved pup.

If Penny wins the contest, “Oh my gosh, it would be so awesome!” Haugland said. “It’s just so exciting. I would be so proud!”

Vote for the top dog by visiting www.citydogmagazine.com and scrolling down to “2012 Cover Dog Model Search.”



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