If you know a dog in Fitler Square or University City with the personality and good looks to be a politician, you should consider nominating your buddy to be Philly Water’s Best Friend. Determined by public online voting, the 15 finalists from each neighborhood will compete pageant style for a panel of judges in order to crown the winners.
The contest is part of a campaign to show pet owners the importance of picking up their dog’s waste and prevent it from contaminating the Schuylkill and other natural waterways. “We really need ambassadors in every dog park to tell folks how easy it is to prevent this common form of ‘poo-llution,’” says Joanne Dahme, general manager of public affairs at the Philadelphia Water Department.
Last year, there were over 7,000 votes cast online for the canine competitors. Judges at the pageant are looking for dogs that exhibit friendliness, obedience, and personality. Of course, passion when it comes to reducing water pollution is an important factor.
Owners have until May 31 to enter their dogs for consideration for this year’s competition. Information and online registration is available at PhillyWatersheds.org. Dog owners can also call the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary at (800) 445-4935, extension 112.
Sarah E Adams