Chuck & Don's 2018 Happiest Pet


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The 2018 Happiest Pet is Lady Lake!

“Lady Lake came from the town of Lady Lake, Florida. She was rescued by my father and, when he passed away in 2012, she became my great inheritance.

“In MN, she lived with her tripod brother Mason, a Papillon/Sheltie mix who she would enthusiastically wrestle with daily. And she loved her tripod German Shepherd sister KC (although there was a little sibling rivalry at first).

“Lady loved going for walks, lounging in the sun, playing with toys, wrestling with Mason, eating peanut butter Buddy Biscuits and sitting on my lap every morning and night. She was my running partner (I use the term loosely) at the Fast and Furry 5K9 for several years which she loved so much. It was made even happier when she celebrated with a Glam Doll donut.

“Lady was a gossip girl and always wanted to know what was going on around her. She loved everyone, and had a way of making people with special needs feel like royalty when she had the chance to meet them. She would always give them kisses.

“The week before Thanksgiving, Lady was diagnosed with gastrointestinal lymphoma and the news devastated us. Throughout her illness, she stayed happy (treats and affection from our friends at Chuck & Don’s Highland Park helped a lot!). We thought of each day with her as a gift.

“Lady Lake passed away on March 23 with her brother and sister right by her side. Her life has left a hole in our hearts and our home, as she was the biggest personality in our house and the life of the party as you can tell by her smile.

“Her photo, which truly exemplifies Lady, was taken by our friend, Tiffany Thompson, at the Peace Garden at Lake Harriet in early September just before she got sick. The butterflies were flying all around her, and there was a heart shaped cloud above. She had such a fabulous day that day and was truly in her glory. She loved being the center of attention!

“Lady exemplifies how wonderful and loving pit bulls are, and I hope this photo helps show that. Thank you for honoring her in such a wonderful way! We are so lucky to have had Lady in our lives and thrilled to share her infectious smile with others.”

Gigi, Ken, Mason and KC are donating the 2018 Happiest Pet $250 gift card to local rescues, in honor of her life and legacy.

Cat Category Winner

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Arlo, 2018 Cat Category Winner

“It took no more than a second for baby Arlo to steal our hearts. The instant we saw him we knew he was the one. We adopted him as a tiny kitten last summer on my birthday and he is hands down the best birthday gift ever! His big sister Khloe wasn’t so smitten with him at first but soon realized he was a toy she could chase around and wrestle with so she decided she would put up with him.

“In addition to clowning around with his sister, Arlo also enjoys peek-a-boo, playing with his toys (his favorite is a plastic grasshopper), and taking cat naps on his back. He’s a charming, happy-go-lucky little fella who loves attention and showing off his cuteness and we absolutely adore him!” Jenna, Arlo’s loving mother.

Dog Category Winner

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Diva, 2018 Dog Category Winner

“Diva loves people – she will demand that you play with her. Her favorite activities are playing frisbee (she can catch it!), going on her daily walks, boating and paddle boarding. She also enjoys play dates with her friend Chezzy the Golden Retriever.

“She loves playing with balls and chewing the cheese/peanut butter filled bones. Her favorite food is from Chuck & Don’s – Pure Vita Grain Free Beef, Turkey, or Duck!

“Diva is a diva. She was named Diva when I got her, I was going to change her name, but after a day I knew why she got the name and it stuck!

“She is my first French bulldog and I have to say I’ve fallen in love with the breed. I love all the noises. She snores, snorts, and makes funny sighing noises.

“I could write a book about her! THANKS again for choosing her – she is a special girl.” – Gina, proud dog mom of Diva.

Pets and their Humans Category Winner

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Doakes and Willow, 2018 Pets and their Humans Category Winners

“Willow is an eight year old lab and husky mix. She enjoys being outside all day long, no matter the temperature and going for long walks. She enjoys catching the average tennis ball and playing tug on her brother Doakes’ neck scruff. Willow also enjoys hiding table scraps throughout the house including whole sticks of butter. She dislikes the toaster and hides every time she sees someone using it. She is an old soul, and very gentle dog.

“Doakes is a 5.5 year old pit mix. Doakes enjoys squeaky toys and catching the frisbee. He loves to swim and jump off the dock at leashes and leads, or any dock for that matter. He enjoys smiling and giving the best slobbery kisses. Doakes is the type of dog who wants to be everyone’s friend and doesn’t believe in personal space.

“Our dogs compliment each other well and bring great joy to our life.” – Brittni, dog mom of Willow and Doakes.

Small Animal/Multiple Pet Category Winner

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Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil, 2018 Small Animal/Multiple Pet Category Winner

“These are Australian whites tree frogs which I bought when they were the size of fifty cent pieces in 2002. They will be 16 years old this year, and these frogs can live up to 25 years.

“Wyatt and Morgan are the last 2 surviving from a group of four. The other 2 passed away a couple of months ago.

“These frogs have incredible personalities and loved to be handled, though it’s not a good idea to handle frogs too much.

“Up until a couple of years ago, Wyatt was a star feature when I visited elementary schools, talking to children about the incredible value frogs have to offer this planet. He has since retired.

“Their favorite food has always been a nice big, fat, juicy cricket, lightly dusted with their favorite vitamins. They can eat up to 7 of these in one sitting and have always been hand fed. Their crickets come from Chuck & Don’s, and the frogs tell me have a very high “yum” (said in a very deep voice) quotient.

“These frogs live in a 36×36 terrarium which is designed to mimic their natural environment. They are nocturnal, so they spend their late evenings climbing about the terrarium and calling out. They are very loud with a deep sound similar to a big dog.

“Sometimes they seem to be having a contest to see which one can call the loudest. I love the sound, and I love their faces.

“I’ve been a frog hobbyist for 18 years, and I have 27 various breeds of poison dart frogs. I have a room dedicated to these frogs with 7 terrariums, and I keep my computer there so I can be surrounded by my very own mini rain forest…sounds and all.” – Rosie, frog enthusiast and educator.