Why a Dog Calendar? - Aside from the fact that dogs are super cute, did you know that our regional National Conservation Areas represent the only permanently protected public landscapes where dogs are allowed! Have you and your pup ever explored the trails in Devil's Canyon or floated the Colorado River through Ruby-Horsethief Canyons (both of which are within the McInnis Canyons NCA)? If so, then you know exactly what we mean when we say the NCAs offer some of the best, close-to-home terrain for pups and their people that you'll find on the western slope.
About the Contest - To celebrate the unique dog friendly landscapes of our NCAs we're making a super cute dog themed calendar for 2017! Plus, we're in the process of launching a robust river restoration program that includes focused efforts to restore the Dog Island campsite in Ruby-Horsethief which was devastated by a man made fire last summer. A portion of the dog calendar proceeds will help to support our restoration work, including our Dog Island efforts.
How to Submit & Entry Deadline - Email your high resolution pics (ideally 300dpi) to email@example.com by no later than midnight on August 31st. The subject line should read "My NCA Pup" and your email should include your name and phone number, your dog's name, breed and age, the location of the image and any additional context you'd like to provide. Please no more than 5 submissions per pooch. Photos will be judged on the depiction of place and the portrayed character of the pup!
A Few Extra Words on Dogs - While we certainly encourage everyone to bring their dogs on hikes, rides or floats in the NCAs we also ask that you be responsible in doing so. A few tips to keep in mind:
- Its hot out there! - Bring plenty of water for your pup and keep an eye on there pads throughout the summer heat!
- Be conscience of wildlife! - Know how your dog interacts with wildlife and take precautions to ensure your pup doesn't harass animals who call the NCA home, or vice versa. Having your pup off leash can be dangerous so be cautious when making that choice.
- Clean up after your pup! - At many trail heads you'll find doggie bags available to cleanup after your pooch, but the reality is that's not a guarantee. Plan ahead and bring your own bags as well!
And finally....check out these photos for inspiration!