Yakima Trying to Become Top Dog
Yakima wants to earn the distinction as the "Top Dog,' and win $100,000. To become the top dog, Yakima must win an online contest named "bark for your park." If the city wins the money it would be used toward a dog park at Randall Park.
To vote, go to either the Petsafe website or the Petsafe Facebook page. Voters are allowed to submit one vote per day on both the website and the Facebook page.
If Yakima is named a finalist, it will be placed into one of three categories, which will be based on the populations of the finalist cities, for the second round of voting. the finalist
voting round will run from June 20 through July 31.
The top overall vote getter among the finalists during the second round of voting will be named Top Dog and will be awarded the $100,000 grand prize. Runner-up awards of $25,000 will be presented to the top vote-getters in each of the population categories, with the exception of the category from which the grand prize winner comes. In that category, the finalist who got the second most votes will get the runner-up prize.
Yakima City Recreation Supervisor Traci Bennet said:
“This is a great way for everybody to chip in to help build the Yakima dog park. If we all vote once a day on the website and once a day on the Facebook page, I’m confident we’ll make it into the finals. Invite your family, friends, coworkers,anybody you know, to vote. You need to Bark for Your Park.”
PetSafe, a pet products company based in Knoxville, Tenn., started the “Bark for Your Park” contest in 2011 because of the success of a public dog park it built near its headquarters. The park had become a popular gathering spot in Knoxville and PetSafe wanted to help other communities benefit from building dog parks. Every year since then, PetSafe has sponsored the contest.