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Vote online for top dog contest

VAIL – There’s no denying the fact that people who love the mountains also love dogs. For some, these four-footed creatures are as essential as skiing and kayaking to the High Country lifestyle.This year at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail- a five-day event starting Wednesday that is filled with extreme-sport competitions and other events celebrating mountain culture – organizers are recognizing the dogs in mountain life with its Mountain Dog of the Year competition. The winning pooch, like Miss America, will serve as the official spokesdog of the Mountain Games for the next year, appearing in all sorts of advertising and promotional materials.”The scrappier the better,” Joel Heath of Untraditional Marketing said about the type of dog they’re looking for. Untraditional Marketing organizes the Mountain Games. “We’re not a purebred society by any means up here. We’re looking for a dog who has the personality of the mountain spirit.”Since the games began in 2001, Heath’s dog Savannah has acted as the unofficial mascot.”She’s decided she should retire,” Heath said. “We’re not looking to replace her, but she’s looking to pass the torch.”In addition to embodying the mountain spirit, the Mountain Dog of the Year should be able to tackle the mountains in any weather and on any terrain, from snowy peaks to rushing rivers, Heath said.Entries flooded the Vail Daily, and the newspaper, who is handling all the contest logistics for Untraditional Marketing, has narrowed it down to 10 final dogs. People can vote – as many times as humanly possible – for their favorite canine online at The finalists include: Cedric, ChaCha, Fool, Gus, Killian, Miss Tillie, Montana, Munch, Sunny and Theo.

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