Monday, September 28, 2009

Meet Ling: The winner of Week 3's Show Us Your Happy Dog Contest Dog Contest

Many thanks and tail wags to everyone who entered their furry pals in this week's edition of our Show Us Your Happy Dog Contest. Meeting your pooches through the entries and photos is a true joy! All of the dogs are so cute and, fortunately for us, we choose the contest winner randomly. Otherwise, we'd never be able to choose just one.

Without further ado meet this week's winner: Ling, a three year old Chinese Crested from Florida.

The Chinese Crested come in two varieties, the Hairless, who like Ling, have hair only on the head, feet and and tail or the Powderpuff, who are covered all over in an extremely soft coat. According to the American Kennel Club:
It is believed that Chinese mariners sailed with this breed – believed to have evolved from African hairless dogs – on board. During the time of the Chinese plagues, hairless dogs were stowed aboard ships to hunt vermin. By the mid-nineteenth century, Cresteds began appearing in European art, and entries of the breed in American dog shows began in the late 1800s.
Ling, the runt of her litter, joined her family when she was 4 month old. Almost immediately, she became a loving family member. According to her Aunt Marjie, " When people hear that Ling is hairless, they think she'd be ugly, but everyone who meets her falls in love with her!"

"Ling is very gentle and loves to play," Marjie reports. She loves to snuggle, especially with her mom Jean. When held, "Ling loves to snuggle up under your neck."

Ling enjoying a snooze with Jean. If you look closely, Ling is smiling in her sleep!

Fetch is one of Ling's favorite games and she enjoys catching balls. Ling has a mischievous side too. Marjie notes that, although Ling "is a joy to have around, you have to keep everything out of reach just as you would with a three year old child."* Ling has been known to unroll multiple rolls of paper towels all over the kitchen floor.

Ling is a very happy and very loved dog!

Ling is a smart pooch too. Marjie said, "Ling loves to come to my back door and bark, knowing that she will get a treat." When she gets excited, Ling spins around in circles and makes everyone laugh.

Ling has several furry family members. She lives with her brother Taz (pictured to the left). Ling also has several furry cousins: Sheba, a sweet, black furry dog and three cats, Trinket, Jewel and KikiPoo.

Ling we hope you enjoy your prizes, but we have a funny feeling that your furry cousins will get a bit more use out of the Pledge Fabric Sweepers!

* Marjie makes an excellent point. Dog proofing your home is imperative for your pooch's health and safety and your sanity! We devote many pages to this topic in Happy Dog, Caring For Your Dog's Body, Mind and Spirit.


  1. What is it with paper(paper towels, kleenex, toilet tissue,etc.) that dogs find so interesting? Cosette goes in my purse for kleenex, in the trash for paper towels or will snatch any soft paper and tear it to shreds. I have known other dogs to do the same. So what is the attraction?

  2. Not sure but Baxter the white dog on our book cover is a napkin thief. He will steal your napkin and shred it within 2 seconds!

  3. Ling is just adorable with that sweet little smile! Good thing she lives in Fla as she would
    have to be wearing a down coat here in MIch!!
    Congrats Ling!