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Pets and their people compete in a look-alike contest

May 30th, 2003, 06:13 AM
By Lori Buttars
The Salt Lake Tribune

FRUIT HEIGHTS -- Nonie Goldman doesn't really think her dog looks like her husband, Ed Reese.
Well, maybe when Ali, a boxer named after the legendary fighter, gets that "pitiful" look on her face, the Farmington resident says.
"Or there's another one, where she puts her head down and then looks up at you with a look that says, 'OK, you're done.' Ed kind of has that look, too. I think it's the eyebrows."
Layton resident Mary Adams never saw a connection between the long curly locks on her head and the wavy ears of the various cocker spaniels she has owned. Then her sister snapped a photo of Adams fishing with her now-deceased dog, Rocky, at Carter Creek in eastern Utah's Uinta Mountains.
"With the wind blowing and our hair the same color and our heads turned the same way, even I had to admit that we looked a lot alike," Adams says.
Perhaps you've spotted other examples of people who look like their pets. Maybe Fred looks like Fido. Or Rick resembles Rover. Or Kitty reminds you of Katie.
Given that popular notion, Ann Workman is surprised that so few contestants have entered Davis County Animal Services' "I Look Like My Pet" contest. The monthlong contest, which ends today, has seen only five entries: Goldman, Adams and three other people -- along with their pets.
"Most of them were nominated by someone else," says Workman, office specialist at the county's Fruit Heights animal shelter. And all of them are dogs, er, dog owners.
"We didn't have anyone submit pictures of their cats or any other kind of pets," Workman says.
Judging will be Friday at the shelter, 1422 E. 600 North in Fruit Heights, where the public may stop by and cast their votes. The winners will receive gift certificates to PetsMart.
The contest, Workman explains, is another step aimed at helping people see the shelter as more than a "dog pound." Last year's "I'm Thankful for My Pet" was a hit with dozens of entries.
"We want people to know that we are up here for their safety and their good," she says, ticking off a list of education and adoption services provided by the shelter.
Workman says she created the look-alike contest because, in her line of work, she sees a lot of people who resemble their pets.
"People must gravitate to a certain look or a certain breed," she says. "There are times when people will come to pick up their animals and we all turn to each other and say, 'Oh, my gosh, those people looked just like their dog.' "