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Local Animal Advocate Wins National Kroger and Purina Contest!

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:24pm

We are very excited to announce that Kate Smargassio, an awesome SNAP volunteer, animal advocate and friend of the blog, has won Kroger and Purina'sFour Plus Two: Tales for the pet lover's heartcontest that we announced on the blog ( click here to read original post!Reznor is no stranger to the blog! Check out his post here.Below is her winning essay and photo.  Congrats Kate and Reznor!

Four plus Two: Tales for the pet lover's heart™ Contest Winners

K. Smargiasso
Houston, TX

My sweet rescued Italian Greyhound, Reznor, came to us in the spring of 2006 as a foster kid. After only two days of being in our home I decided that I could not live without him. He was underweight and was being used as a breeding dog by a backyard breeder when IG Rescue of Houston saved him. The only home that he knew was being stuck in his small cage. He could not jump onto our couch at first since he had no leg muscles (which was a result of them not being utilized while stuck in his small crate).He now jumps higher than our kitchen countertops when it's treat time. He is so full of love that I could not imagine how empty he felt during his "breeding" days. He's my shadow. And I want nothing more than to show him so much love and happiness that his heart is overloaded with joy. My husband cannot believe that this is the same dog that we took in over two years ago. He was around 5 lbs. when we took him in and now I am happy to report that he just weighed in at a whopping 7.8! His teeth were in terrible shape when we originally took him on also and unfortunately he had to have many pulled. He gets regular cleanings now and has sparkly whites. I cannot express how much I love my little Reznor. I know that we both have given each other a new outlook on how great love is and how much it's needed!

C.F. Payne will travel to Houston to meet and photograph Reznor’s family. Payne will create a “family” portrait featuring Reznor and the Smargiassos. They will also receive a year’s supply of Purina® Dog Chow® brand pet food and a Four plus Two: Tales for the pet lover’s heart reusable grocery bag featuring the original artwork of nationally known artist C.F. Payne and containing a variety of Nestlé Purina PetCare items, such as snacks and branded goods.

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