While everyone enjoys prim and proper dog shows, the Milton Parks Board is looking to shine some light on dogs who may not make the cut in style competitions as they are holding an ugly dog competition in the lead up to Milton Days on Aug. 19.
The Parks Board will have a booth at the event with pictures of all the dogs that will be entered throughout the coming weeks. Visitors are encouraged to approach the booth to vote for a dog and ask the board any questions they may have.
“We were trying to think of a way to attract attention to our booth. We see Milton days as a good day to connect with people and get some feedback. We hear their gripes and their likes, so we thought to have an ugly dog contest as a vehicle to capture people’s attention,’” Parks Board member Kent Ross said.
The Parks Board wants to make it clear that none of the contestants will actually be at the booth on Milton Days, but their shining photos will be up, ready for your ballots.
“Having a lot of dogs in the park can be kind of dangerous, it is kind of an issue, so we’re aiming for pictures and not the actual dog,” Ross said.
The dog nominated doesn’t have to be your own. If you think your sister or co-worker has a dog ugly enough to win a competition, feel free to enter the pooch with the owner’s permission. The competition is not meant to be malicious, as the Parks Board is looking for ugly dogs in a cute way, a celebration of dogs that may not get the love and attention from strangers that they truly deserve.
“We just want it to be fun,” Ross said. “Anyone who submits something will get a small participation prize. Fancy, low key and fun is what we’re aiming for.”
The Parks Board recommends general policies regarding development, operation and maintenance of recreation areas and facilities. The Park Board adopts a proposed long-range program for the acquisition and improvement of recreation areas, and reviews at least every two years. The Board meets regularly at City Hall on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. for more information, visit www.cityofmilton.net/boards-commissions/park-board.