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 heart™contest 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
GRAND PRIZE WINNER K. Smargiasso Houston, TX
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
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.