The contest runners-up are:
Dixie Mae (11,661 votes)
Dixie Mae is a boston terrier, just a little over a year-old, owned by Jamie Spackey of Portsmouth.
Dixie Mae is very friendly, Spackey said. She loves her bath time and enjoys “kissing” people whenever they meet.
“She jumps up on people and she goes straight to their face,” Spackey said.
She said she campaigned heavily through her Facebook page, asking people to vote online for Dixie Mae. She was surprised by the number of votes Dixie Mae had.
Spackey won a free Fluvall-Chi five gallon fish aquarium from Petland in New Boston.
Louie Louise (5,572 votes)
Louie Louise is a 2-year old french bulldog, owned by Tiffany Hall of Lucasville. Hall also has a 12-year old english bulldog name Pebbles.
“He (Louie) is really friendly and he likes to play with his toys,” Hall said. “We love his big ears.”
Louie Louise gets very excited whenever he sees other people, or other dogs. He likes giving high fives and loves his toys “to pieces.”
Hall won a gift certificate for a free car detailing from Ron Wright Auto Sales in Portsmouth.
Parsley (4,747 votes)
Parsley is a 4-year-old yorkshire terrier, owned by Lisa Dials of West Portsmouth.
Dials breeds and raises yorkshire terriers, and she’s had Parsley since the day she was born. Parsley loves being a lapdog. She also loves to chew on her toys, and she’s very friendly — especially with children.
“I have a great-neice. She’s 4 years old and she carries her around like a little rag doll. With her long hair, it just hangs to the ground,” Dials said.
Parsley has never been in a pet show, but she has won other local photo contests, she said.
Dials won a gift certificate for a free security system from Southern Ohio Security in Portsmouth.
Skeety (3,818 votes)
Skeety is a 10-year-old pomeranian pooch, owned by Juanita Smith of Lucasville. She said she has always had the nickname “Skeeter,” so when she met this little dog named Skeeter, she just had to have him.
“He belonged to somebody but they wanted to get rid of him because he was a little mean, but now he’s a little lap dog,” Smith said.
She took him home but changed his name to Skeety to avoid any confusion.
“My dad would call for Skeeter and the little dog would turn and I would turn, and I’d have to ask which one he wanted,” Smith said with a laugh.
Skeety also loves riding with Skeeter in a carrier on her lawnmower, and gets along well with Smith’s three cats.
Smith won a $50 gift certificate from Fork and Finger in Portsmouth.
Gizzy (3,430 votes)
Gizzy is the only cat on the winner’s list, owned by Misty Fout of Lucasville. Fout’s mother found Gizzy on the side of the road near her home in Lucasville about two years ago. He was just a tiny kitten, crawling over a bag of deer meat.
“She noticed the bag was moving, and she looked around and that little cat’s head popped up. She called me and said she didn’t know what to do with the cat, and I said I’d come and get him,” Fout said.
No doubt Gizzy feels right at home with Fout — and her four other cats, three dogs and 29 chickens.
“He’s a very beautiful cat,” Fout said. “His pupils dilate the whole size of his eyeball. I have no idea why, but he is so beautiful whenever that happens.”
Fout won a $50 gift certificate from B and B Loan and Jewelry in Portsmouth.
Peaches (2,645 votes)
Peaches is a 5-year-old mix of a long-haired chihuahua and a wire-haired terrier, owned by Karen Bentley of New Boston.
Peaches loves dancing for her treats, and even helps out with some of the household chores.
“When my husband takes out the trash, she grabs a toy and she carries that toy out with her because she thinks she helps carrying the trash,” Bentley said.
Peaches had a hernia at 5 weeks old that needed to be taken care of, and the little dog was also spayed. Bentley’s daughter got Peaches for her five years ago after Bentley’s previous dog died.
Bentley won a $50 gift certificate for a four-week music course at Little Mozart Preschool Music Classes in Wheelersburg.
Brady (2,332 votes)
Brady is an 8-month-old terrier and pekinese mix, owned by Taylor Simons of Portsmouth. Simons is originally from Logan, but staying in Portsmouth while she attends Shawnee State University. A friend introduced her to Brady at the university, and she took him home with her. But Brady can’t stay in her apartment with her, so he went to live with her parents in Logan — just until she finds another place to live in Portsmouth.
“My mom didn’t want to keep him. She told me I had to find somewhere else for him to stay. Then I put a picture of him on Facebook and she changed her mind about it when she saw how cute he was,” Simons said.
Simons won a $50 gift certificate to Petland, courtesy of Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth.