The Search is on for Chicago’s Top Dog

January 09, 2012

There’s nothing like an incentive.

The Chicago City Clerk’s Office is trying to get more Chicago dogs licensed and has created a contest to spur interest.

There has been a city ordinance on the books for years that requires Chicago real estate owners and renters to register their dogs, but according to that registry, only 30,000 dogs live in the city.

Officials estimate that there are actually more than 560,000 pooches that call Chicago home.

The city is going to begin cracking down on residents who don’t license their dogs after a campaign aimed at increasing the number of registrants.

All dogs who are registered with the city by March 31 will be entered into the first-ever Chicago’s Dog of Distinction contest.

Of the dogs that are registered, five will be chosen at random and put online for public voting.

The dog who earns the most votes will be named Chicago’s Dog of Distinction in April and will receive:

*A custom-designed Chicago dog tag with real rubies and topazes created by Sherry Bender of famed The Goldsmith, Ltd jewelers, valued at $2,000.

*An appearance in a ‘WCIU, The U’ TV ad

*A weekend stay at the Palmer House Hilton

*A photo shoot at Urban Out Sitters

*A feature story in Chicagoland Tails magazine

All Dog of Distinction finalists receive:

*A reservation for dog and owner to the exclusive Palmer House Hilton Dog Tea Party in the spring

*A Shoreline Cruise dog-friendly architectural cruise for dog and owner

*An exclusive gift package filled with dog treats and accessories from Urban Out Sitters

*A Chicagoland Tails gift package created just for Chicago’s prize-winning dogs

That seems like incentive enough to do what you are supposed to do in the first place.

Ready to get started? Visit chicityclerk.com, and then watch for the Top 5 Dog of Distinction Finalists to be announced in April!

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