The top three winners of this year’s Tribune’s online Cutest Pet Contest are a true representation of the diversity of pets in the region.
This year’s top prize and $100 cash winning went to Rascal, an 11-year-old black cat weighing in at about 25 pounds. Rascal, owned by Beth Minton of North Wilkesboro, received nearly 1,200 votes to take first place in the annual contest, held at elkintribune.com. Title sponsor Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital presented Minton and Rascal with their prize recently.
Minton said Rascal is “like one of my children” and is her “youngest.” While she and her husband, Kenny, have a North Wilkesboro address, Minton said they live closer to Elkin and do most of their shopping and business in Elkin. Minton said she plans to give Brinegar a try after discovering him through the pet contest.
Second-place winner in this year’s contest with 285 votes was Chester, a 9-month-old Black Torte California and New Zealand Cross rabbit.
Chester is owned by Kandice Sage of Jonesville and represents just one breed of several which are bred by Sage and her husband Chris at The Sage Farm. Other breeds include Cinnamons, Californias and New Zealands, and can be found at facebook.com/TheSageFarm.
Sage said Chester gets along with the other pets, including a few cats and Cocoa, a female boxer/pit mix.
Sig, a Yorkshire Terrier mix who was adopted from the Wilkes County Animal Shelter three years ago as a puppy during Apple Festival weekend, took third place in the online contest. Sig’s parents are Greg and Erin Wooten of Elkin.
The Tribune congratulates all of the winners of the Cutest Pet Contest, and thanks Animal Ark and Brinegar for sponsoring the annual contest.