I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs (Montana Wildlife Gardener) and his 2011 Cat of the Year post. Yes this is a blatant example of bloggo-theft, but his post was incredibly funny and a great idea, I couldn't help but appropriate it for my own nefarious purposes.
In the interest of conferring more power to my loyal blog readers in the form of feedback and voting, let's see who you would vote for in the Inaugural Deaf Dog of the Year contest. Voting is on the upper left part of the screen, and please leave a comment as to who you voted for and why. Here are your three choices for 2011 Deaf Dog of the Year (presented in order of seniority):
Tito the Wonder Puppy (aliases - Tito, Toberto, Toe, Berto, F@%khead, Chubbs)
Flaws and Negative Press - His obsessive compulsive licking habit has worsened. Despite his orneriness detente, he is still prone to snapping at any moment. He has decided he no longer wants to be burdened with the arduous task of walking up stairs and has to be carried up to bed every night. He has a generally bad attitude and negative outlook on life. Has a very greasy pelt (this is partially from not being bathed regularly and partially from constantly rolling in nasty crap outside). Spends every walk hunting for bunny poop to eat.
Key Voting Demographics - the elderly, the angry, the ornery, Antonio Banderas fans, old men who shake their canes at the damn kids, those who wish that it was socially acceptable to be able to bite others.
Jedi Master Shaak Ti (aliases - Shaak Ti, R-Dog, Skuzzlebutt, Spotterdog, Scoops, Squito Burrito)
Flaws and Negative Press - Still doesn't understand the concept of sleeping in past 5:45 am. Causes left shoulder deltoid or rotator cuff injuries due to her constant exuberant pulling and running on the leash. Crazy singing and off key "woo-wooing" are amazingly loud for a dog her size. Is high maintenance and constantly demands pets, whines loudly when not petted or allowed into laps. Finicky eater, prefers Grandmas kibble and gravy scrambled egg surprise to her regular food and goes days without eating in protest when we serve just kibble.
Key Voting Demographics - ultra marthoners, extreme sports enthusiasts, professional/amateur yodelers, descendents of Lewis and Clark, historical re-enactment participants, people with a zest for life, vegetarians/vegans/gluten free folk.
Shadowfax (aliases - Puppy, Puppytown, The Town, Sweaterdog, Barklesaurus, Thrashy)
Flaws and Negative Press - Constantly interrupts any attempt at work in the home office by shoving a wet, chewed upon toy onto my computer or lap and demanding I play with her. Has crazy howling, yowling, screeching barks when she sees something (squirrel or dog) outside from the upstairs window. Occasionally plays to rough with Shaak Ti and has to put on time out. Had a six month stretch of late night barfing, that seems to have abated now (I hope - knock on wood). Has yet to understand that mud and sticks are outside only toys.
Key Voting Demographics - young voters, people who have ever been stereotyped due to how they look, toddlers and children with dirty faces, professional wrestling aficionados.