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Vote for your favorite handicapped pet – 2018 calendar photos will be selected from 236 entries

By Polly Lynn Mikula

MENDON—Tracey Fowler of Mendon has once again entered her pets in a calendar contest and is seeking local support. The top 13 most popular photos will earn their place as the months of the 2018 Calendar, plus one lucky pet will make the cover! During the month of August, participants can vote for their favorite pets by reacting to the photo (i.e. “liking” it), sharing it, or both. Reactions to photos count as one vote, while shares count as two. If you like a photo and share it, that pet will get three votes from you—the maximum.

All photos are shown in alphabetical order, by each pet’s name.

Fowler submitted a photo for this year’s contest of four handicapped dogs: Heath (Cattledog/Heeler), Newton (German Shepherd), Tom Turkey (Black Lab) and Mendon (a mixed breed).

“Heath is the first name you will be looking for,” said Fowler, referring to the alphabetical organization of the photos. “Any help is greatly appreciated.”, based in Amherst, N.H., was created in 2001 to support the caretakers of elderly, injured, and handicapped pets. It offers products, services, and support for pet owners with special needs pets. The proceeds of the calendar contest go to a foundation for people who can’t afford carts for their animals — dogs, cats, or even lambs (yes, Lilly the lamb is a finalist in the contest). There are 236 finalists pictured on the Facebook page, which is 100 more than the number of submissions received last year.

For more information or to vote visit

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