We picked five finalists and you voted. Meet Bella, the reader’s choice for the Mountain Gazette 2013 Mountain Dog Photo Contest.Bella wins a new Rab Mountaineering Microlight Alpine jacket, Kong dog toys and swag from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. All five finalists win a Kong toy and HSBV swag too. It was tough for us to sort through over 130 entires to come up with the five finalists. All the dogs we saw were worthy of love and praise (and we have some plans to post more to see who else was in the running). Thanks for sharing your best friends with us. And now let’s hear a big howl for Bella.
Residence: Same as her humans
Greatest Achievement: High on Bella’s list of achievements are her multiple 14er, 13er ascents in Colorado, including following her owners up some ridiculously sketchy scree slopes, as well as explorations of countless unruly trails leading to treed summits in the Adirondacks of NY, but these are not her greatest achievements. Bella’s greatest achievement is her unwavering devotion to follow us to the ends of the Earth and ability to convey joy in every step and every moment of every adventure we pursue together. Her greatest achievement is in constantly reminding us of the virtues of living in the moment.
Likes to chase…Porkies (once…only once)
Why I should win: Bella should win because she is a joyous jester, thrilled with every outing, always up for absolutely anything and endlessly entertaining. She embodies and exudes the spirit of the mountains. It’s our belief that we missed a great opportunity for her to have her own TV reality show, but winning this contest would be a fitting entry on her resume…not that she could care less, as long as she’s along for the party!