The winner of the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department’s second annual “Pup of the Pines” photo contest has been announced.
CJ, who is 7 months old, received the greatest number of votes from attendees at the Ocean Pines Halloween fall festival on Oct. 29. He was recognized as the winner at the community’s “A Hometown Christmas” and tree lighting ceremony at White Horse Park on Saturday, Nov.26
Pat and Robert Richardson, CJ’s owners, said the pup loves meeting new people and visiting the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. The Richardsons think his personality makes him a good candidate for working as a therapy dog when he is older.
As “Pup of the Pines,” CJ receives a free 2017 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.