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Local dog a finalist in national pet contest

By Judy Reed

Madeline Sagorski and two-year-old  Labrador Retriever, Lucy.

Madeline Sagorski and two-year-old Labrador Retriever, Lucy.

Lucy, a golden Labrador Retriever, from Solon Township, has been named one of five finalists from across the country in the Eukanuba dog food 28-day Challenge Champion contest.

Dog owners across the country who took the 28-day challenge between February 15 and April 30 were invited to submit in 100 words or less their dog’s transformation from good to extraordinary, while eating Eukanuba for 28 days. Lucy was announced as a finalist last week.

Lucy’s owner, Madeline Sagorski, knows that her two-year-old dog is special. “She’s really a great dog, eager to please, and friendly,” said Madeline. “A part of the family.”

So when Lucy began to gain a few pounds, even though active, Madeline knew she had to try something different with her dog’s food. “She’s a very active dog. We have a lot of property (40 acres and a 20-acre lake) and she does a lot of running. We had been buying the cheaper dog food at the grocery store, and we noticed that Lucy was gaining weight, even though she was so active,” said Madeline. “She also didn’t have the muscle tone we’d expect, so we decided to try some other brands.”

Madeline said they tried several brands before trying Eukanuba, which can only be found in pet or feed stores. After they switched, Madeline said they noticed her coat was softer, her digestion was better, she was leaner and had more muscle tone. “Overall she was healthier,” said Madeline. “She had more energy and stamina.” That energy helps her enjoy some of her favorite things, such as swimming in the lake, retrieving and duck hunting.

Madeline said that while the dog food is more expensive, it’s worth it. And becoming a finalist in the competition will help with that expense. Since Lucy became a finalist, she won a year’s worth of dog and a free subscription to Dog Fancy magazine.

One winner will chosen and announced on the Eukanuba facebook page on June 6. The winner will be given the “pink carpet treatment” with a Hollywood-style photo and video shoot, appear in the  September issue of Dog Fancy magazine, and star in an upcoming Eukanuba print advertisement.

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