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August 2, 2012
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Do you know my name?

TAHOE, Calif. — He’s just a little guy. With layers of dirt streaking his body, he looked very sad. Abandoned, discarded or maybe just lost in a very busy parking lot at the beach one balmy June day in Lake Tahoe. Countless people had passed by him, not even glancing toward the hot pavement. He had been stepped on, absent-mindedly kicked, possibly even run over by a bicycle or car.

Laying on his side and accepting his cruel fate as the cleaning crew made their daily sweep through the parking lot, his future seemed headed for the dumpster.

And then Kathy Long happened to look down while on her way back to work. She couldn’t believe her eyes. Who would do this to such a cute little guy? She bent down, gently scooped him up and ever so carefully tried to brush off the dirt and debris covering his tiny little body. She carried him inside and placed him on a counter with hopes someone would come looking for him and he could be safely returned home. Days passed and no one claimed him. But at least he was safe.

Kathy had rescued him, but now someone needed to give him a new forever home. And that’s when Dog Day in the Park adopted him. After a spa day with a gentle cleaning and some pampering in the warm sun, he was ready for his new life as Dog Day in the Park’s mascot.

Now the only thing missing is his name. And that’s what Dog Day in the Park needs help with: a name for their new mascot!

From now until Sept. 1, Dog Day in the Park is sponsoring a “Name our Mascot” contest. Suggested names can be posted on their Facebook page (facebook.com/dogdayinthepark.tahoe) or emailed to dogdayinthepark.tahoe@gmail.com.

The winning name will be announced at Dog Day in the Park 2012 Sept. 8, 2012 and the winner will receive a Dog Day in the Park T-shirt and a bandana for his/her pooch.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 2, 2012 01:32PM Published Aug 2, 2012 01:26PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.