|Matt, a finalist from Guwahati in the Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Picture courtesy: PETA
Guwahati, Sept. 19: Matt, a nine-month-old stray rescued by a Guwahati girl eight months ago, has pawed its way to the finals of Peta’s second annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest.
Nine-year-old Zaynab Rahman had noticed the injured brown pup, whimpering by the side of the road in a Six Mile nook, back in February.
“My daughter was on her way to school when she noticed Matt lying on the road close to our Six Mile residence,” Zaynab’s mother Mehjabeen said. “After giving it first aid, she insisted that her father take the pup to the vet where it was given a few shots. It recovered in a week’s time. Eight months on, Matt’s hale and hearty. We took a chance after we came to know of the contest last month, and sent the story, along with five pictures of Matt. We are so happy that he is among the top 10.”
The online voting contest, which opened today, has nine other dogs, all rescued from the street by their owners, vying for top honours.
The online voting remains open till Sunday and the results will be declared later this month.
“A five-member jury had sifted through hundreds of photographs of cute-looking doggies and their rescue stories and found Matt to be among the top 10. While looks matter, it is important how heart-warming the rescue story is,” said Benazir Suraiya of Peta India.
“All one has to do is to log on to our website, PETAIndia.com, read the rescue story and vote for their favourite pooch. We will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count,” she added.
As for Zaynab, she is confident her “best friend”, who loves his meat and dog food Pedigree, will make it to the top. “Matt will win because he is cute, healthy and energetic. I just hope that he is lucky now. I have told my friends and teachers about Matt’s competition and now they want to vote for him,” said the Class IV student.
The pup, which makes the cut, will be named Cutest Indian Dog Alive.
Prizes include a “100 per cent Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. His, or her, guardian receives a “My Dog is a Rescue” T-shirt, and an autographed copy of Peta India founder Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party!
The second and third-place winners will also receive prizes, and all three top placers will appear in an issue of Animal Times, Peta India’s magazine for members. Cuddly cool!