The winner of the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department’s third annual “Pup of the Pines” photo contest has been announced.
Bruce, which is a fluffy, ninety-pound golden retriever, received the greatest number of votes from attendees at the Ocean Pines Halloween fall festival on Oct. 28. He was recognized as the winner at the community’s “A Hometown Christmas” and tree lighting ceremony at White Horse Park on Saturday, Nov. 25.
Bruce’s owners said their furry friend loves cuddling, having his belly rubbed, long hikes in the woods and swimming along the shore of Assateague Island. They said Bruce promises to give everyone who wishes plenty of sloppy wet kisses and lots of cuddles.
As “Pup of the Pines,” Bruce receives a free 2018 Ocean Pines Dog Park registration. He will also be the official face of the dog park and will be featured in the Ocean Pines Activity Guide and other postings throughout the year.
Money raised from the contest entry fees will be used for upgrades and improvements to the dog park in Ocean Pines.