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She’s a Lady

Symmes Valley Elementary School student Isaac Callicoat  poses with his dog, Lady, and Lawrence County Auditor  Jason Stephens after being presented Top Dog winner of 2016.

Symmes Valley Elementary School student Isaac Callicoat
poses with his dog, Lady, and Lawrence County Auditor
Jason Stephens after being presented Top Dog winner of 2016.

 

Lawrence County ‘Top Dog’ named

Lady, a 1-year-old Beagle and Walker mix, was named Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2016, thanks to an essay written by Symmes Valley Elementary fourth grader Isaac Callicoat.

Callicoat wrote his essay as part of the county top dog essay contest sponsored by the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office, which was open to all fourth and fifth graders in the county to write about why their pooch deserves the honor.

The contest is a way for the auditor’s office to increase participation of dog licensing in Lawrence County.

“It makes me so happy to win. I’ve never felt that way when I won something before,” Callicoat said. “I wanted to inspire myself and actually win something and honor my dog.”

Callicoat said he got Lady this past Thanksgiving and knew he wanted to be a part of the contest as soon as he found out about the opportunity from his teacher.

“When she first told us, I knew right then I wanted to do it,” he said.

In the winning essay, Callicoat talked about Lady’s playfulness and ability to open doors and hunt rabbits.

He received a trophy for his accomplishment as well as a personalized dog tag for Lady.

“This contest is a fun way to increase dog tag sales in Lawrence County,” Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens said. “It also helps kids show pride in their pet by being responsible dog owners.”

Claiming 2016 Top Dog runner-up was Landon Collins, from St. Lawrence School, for writing about his dog, Nipper. Receiving honorable mention certificates were Savannah Mart, Jacob Carpenter, Kelly Prince, Betty Stanley, McKenzie Streets, Hailee Beckett, Heidi Sites and Destiny Poe, all from Symmes Valley Elementary, and Adam Townsend, Calem Simmons, Bryna Guy, Ashlee Dearmore, Ashley Friend and Natasha Brumett, all from Dawson-Bryant Elementary.

“I really appreciate the kids who took the time to submit an essay,” Stephens said. “We have some great dogs in Lawrence County, and it is certainly entertaining to hear what young owners have to say about their dogs.”

2016 dog tags are currently on sale at the auditor’s office for $12 or Tipton’s on State Route 93, Jim’s Gun Shop and the BMV in Proctorville and Dickess Market on State Route 141 in Aid for $12.75 through the end of January. They can also be purchased for $14 online on the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office website.