Contest, TV Special to Honor Human-Animal Bond

National contest searches for photos and stories that capture an owner and dog’s unique bond.

Posted: September 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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A national search is on to celebrate the connection between people and their pets by letting pet owners get creative through photos and stories that capture their unique human-animal bond.

Tale for the Pet Lover’s Heart” seeks the photo and story that best illustrates the ways that pets enrich the lives of their owners. The winning story will be announced Oct. 25, to coincide with the national premiere of “Four Plus Two: Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart,” a one-hour TV special that will air on cable station WGN America.

The show features seven stories that spotlight the relationships between humans and their pets. Some of the vignettes include a story about the ways a dog training program is giving inmates at a women’s correctional facility a new “leash” on life, how a pet photographer captures the best out of her clients’ pets as well as her own two dogs, and an inside look at the relationship between a police officer and his K9 companion.

Additionally, a $100,000 donation will go to animal welfare organizations in need, courtesy of program sponsors Kroger and Nestle Purina. Pet owners can enter now through Oct. 5.

The contest features a prize portrait by award-winning, internationally acclaimed artist C.F. Payne.

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f   f, IN

9/2/2008 11:40:39 PM

Sounds like a fun show.

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Mary   Battle Creek, MI

9/2/2008 5:15:04 PM

Thanks for the information!

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Jenny   New Oxford, PA

9/2/2008 4:45:55 PM

This is a great idea for those of us who love to share with others! Those who dont wish to share do not need too! Being a therapy dog handler, I get to see the benefits of sharing my relationship with my dog with many people! Dogs are truely a blessing!

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Celena   Dallas, NC

9/2/2008 2:29:06 PM

I think this is wonderful. It gives us a chance to show are love for the human-animal bond.

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