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And the winner is... Tanzie - Dogs on Deployment Military Pet of the Year.

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Tanzie stole the hearts of the voters and judges and will be the Dogs on Deployment Mascot for 2017.

Dogs on Deployment is a national non-profit which provides a network for military members to search for volunteers willing to board their pets during their service commitments.

The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Inc. partners with Dogs on Deployment by sharing a portion of the proceeds from sales of “Operation Drool Overload” treats.

Tanzie was a street stray adopted by US Air Force photographer Katie Ward while she was deployed to document NATO's mission of assisting Bosnia's leaders in defense reform and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Since emigrating to the United States, Tanzie has become the poster dog for #SaveBosnianStrays, an awareness effort that has led to the rehoming of 79 street dogs, raising $42,000 for food, shelter repairs, vet care and transport expenses to help the friends she left behind.starr-2nd.jpg

Second place went to Starr of Norfolk, Virginia, and third to Diesel of Parsons, West Virginia.

Starr is the best friend of Linda Burks, and was there when Linda returned from Naval deployment, when she had to get through the passing of her father and when she met her soul mate. Starr has visited patients in nursing homes and accompanied Linda on many road trips. diesel2.jpg

Diesel has been with the Vandevender family since 2007, keeping his wife and three-year-old daughter company while Jason is deployed or away on training as an AGR in the West Virginia National Guard. He puts up with all the tugging, pulling, yelling, and everything else that comes with kids and never bats an eye. 

Prizes for the winning dogs:

First Place

  • Owner will receive a DoD Gear package
  • Winning dog earns the title of Dogs on Deployment's 2017 Military Pet of the Year and Mascot
  • Winning dog will receive a FREE annual veterinarian check up and yearly vaccinations (to be performed by Pet Owner’s preferred vet)
  • Winning dog will be featured on Dogs on Deployment's website and social media page banners for 1 year
  • Winning dog's image will be incorporated into Dogs on Deployment's 2017 t-shirt design
  • Winning dog will be featured in multiple print and media publications promoting Dogs on Deployment
  • Complimentary professional photography session with owner and dog for photos to be used in Dogs on Deployment's public relations campaigns as well as owner's personal use
  • 1-year pet insurance policy from Pets Best Insurance
  • Free Loyall Life pet food for 1 year plus a pet travel bag
  • 1 FREE dog bed from BuddyRest
  • 1 FREE Cuddle Clone
  • A FitBark Dog Activity Monitor
  • A Purina tote and prize package
  • A Gift Pack from Dog is Good includling a Freedom Tote Bag, BOLO Patriot Car Magnet and a No Dog Left Behind Tee
  • $100 gift card to Tractor Supply Co.
  • A Vacay Kit from DogVacay
  • 8 boxes of Treat them with Love cookies by Lazy Dog Cookie Co
  • 8" x 10" stretch canvas art piece featuring the winning pet by S. Rose
  • Patriotic collar and leash provided by Up Country, Inc
  • A Neighborhood Tote and ACU Bandana by Trail Mutt
  • 12 Pack of 12" Thick Best Bully Sticks
  • A custom pet coffee cup from Hadley Clay Studio
  • A custom pet etching from Greyboy Pet Prints
  • A Torus water bowl
  • Gift basket full of goodies from Bowser Beer

Second Place

Third Place