The Face of Your Pet Our City
Frankston City’s Responsible Pet Owners
Frankston City has a new ambassador for responsible pet ownership with the winner and runners-up in ‘The Face’ of Your Pet Our City competition announced at Pets’ Day Out on Sunday 11 October 2015.
The Your Pet Our City campaign has been rewarding responsible pet owners in Frankston City and included a competition to recognise residents who do the right thing by their pet and their community.
Overall Winner Paul Allan and his dog Zima
Congratulations to Frankston resident Paul Allan and his dog Zima who were the overall winners of the competition.
The Mayor, Cr Sandra Mayer announced the winner and said “Paul is very humble about his achievements, but he is a glowing example of what it means to be a responsible pet owner.
“Paul took Zima on as a foster-care dog originally, but within a day or two they were firm friends. Zima is an Alaskan Malamute — which is a big and active breed that demands commitment. Paul is an excellent example of someone who has selected the right breed of dog for his lifestyle and in turn, is also meeting Zima’s needs walking him 5–10 km daily, training him to behave around other people and animals and keeping him stimulated with active toys and frozen food treats.
“Zima and Paul are also champions in their team event in Skijoring — which is a winter sport where Zima assists Paul in his cross country skiing, by running and pulling. In this sport, Zima responds to Paul’s voice for direction — which is further evidence of how well he is trained.
“I am told Zima is well loved in his neighbourhood and Paul also helps educate other pet owners about their responsibilities,” said the Mayor.
Paul Allan was awarded with a two-hour photo shoot at Viva! Photography Frankston, a gourmet gift hamper donated by the Mayor and tickets to an FAC event of his choice and VIP evening. He and Zima will also feature in Council publications as The Face of Your Pet Our City.
Congratulations to the three runners-up:
Naomi Matheson and Scott Twiddy from Carrum Downs have two indoor cats. Naomi and Scott recently collaborated with ‘Design a Shed’ to design and assemble a cat enclosure so their cats can safely enjoy outdoor time in their backyard
Anne White from Frankston, takes great care of her super-cute ‘Bella’ – a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cross Poodle. Anne takes Bella to the Frankston Dog Obedience Club, registers her on time every year with Council, ensures her vaccinations are up to date and walks Bella on a lead and cleans up after her
Tracy Jackson of Langwarrin owns Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross ‘Lucy’ — originally a rescue dog. The first thing Tracy did was ensure Lucy’s microchip details were updated. They attend dog obedience class and ensure Lucy is well socialised. She’s walked regularly, vaccinated and most of all – a loved member of the family. Tracy and her family also have two cats – and all animals are registered with Council
Runners-up received prizes from Viva! Photography Frankston, Nature’s Gift and the Frankston Visitor Information Centre.
Thanks also go to the Frankston Standard Leader for their support during this campaign.
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