Online Voting Starts For Bark in the Park ‘Top Dog’ Finalists

Dog lovers may cast votes online April 1 (starting at 8a.m.) through April 17 (until 5p.m.) for the Top Dog of the 2011 Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion. Go to and click on the Top Dog logo. Judges have chosen three finalists: Zoe and Boss, both German shorthaired pointers; and Bella, a miniature dachshund. Online voting will determine the Top Dog, to be announced April 20.

These three finalist photos were chosen based on cleverness and originality from 49 entries. The contest is part of the Bark in the Park Dog Festival, a signature event of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, and is set for Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC. Rural Hill has plenty of space and free parking. Admission is FREE for dogs and people.

The Top Dog and master will be the grand marshals of the Pooch Parade at Bark in the Park and will receive a pet photo portrait by Tianna Fisher, a year’s supply of dog food, a Petco gift basket, and the dog will be featured on the poster for next year’s festival logo. Bark in the Park is “for dogs and the people they own!”

The Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion drew more than 14,000 people last year, most with dogs. The festival features contests like Best Costume, Best Bark, Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Trick, Disc Throw and Catch, and Disc Long-Shot Catch. Register for contests at the festival. Included this year will be exhibits, dog products, adoptable dogs, prize drawings and many great dogs to see and greet! All dogs on leashes, please. For more information, check or call 311.