Delilah writes: Not to take anything away from Jedi, last year’s Top Dog Photo Contest winner, but I’d hate to think I may have missed out on the grand prize by only a hair last year because I needed just a few more votes. Would you please help me get the vote out for this year’s finalists?
Cosmos: I share your concerns, especially with the upcoming mayoral election so much in the news of late. I’m afraid voters might confuse the two, not realizing that the Top Dog Photo Contest voting comes a month earlier, beginning Wednesday, October 16, and running through Wednesday, October 23.
As the official Top Dog spokeshound, I cannot personally have a dog in this contest. But I am quite impressed with the fetching finalists our judges selected out of the many submissions, each one a deserving winner. (Please note: my inclusion of one of the finalist's images in this post is merely illustrative and should by no means be considered an endorsement.)
Speaking of winning, many people who are still on the fence about voting may not realize what’s at stake. Not only does the top vote getter wear the crown of Balboa Park’s Top Dog for an entire year, but he or she also gets treated to a deluxe overnightSu’ruff Camp package from Loews Coronado Bay Resort, which includes surfing lessons for one dog, and a variety of other doggie amenities and treats.
It’s a rough decision, I know, and sometimes I’m glad that I’m not eligible to vote. However, the higher the vote count from the general public (as opposed to just friends, family, and coworkers), the more secure our winner will be in knowing he or she received a popular mandate to represent Balboa Park as its new pack leader.