GOT a fat cat? A double-chinned dog? Want to win prizes?
Well, you're in luck, because Pet Valu's Fit Pet Project, a once-a-month series of articles in which we'll probe the issues surrounding portly pets, offers owners a chance to win cool stuff.
We're going to be dishing up helpful tips and tricks to get your pet on the path to fitness, and columnist Doug Speirs will be sharing the weight-loss journey of his beloved overweight wiener dog Zoe.
Mostly, we want to hear from you. We've created a special email address -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- and we'd like you to send photos of your pets, along with their names, ages and, if you're comfortable sharing, their current weight and target weight.
We're hoping you'll also share your concerns, and the successes and challenges your pets have faced in their battle to shed unwanted pounds. Your stories can help motivate other pet owners.
What's in it for you? For starters, we're hoping you'll end up with a much healthier pet.
Prizes? Oh, yes, there will be prizes! The nice folks at Pet Valu, the sponsors of this project, are kicking in a pile of gift cards, which we'll be doling out by randomly drawing the names of owners taking part. And everyone who submits their pet's photo and information will get a copy of Doug's critter-themed book, Bite-sized Doug.
If you're a pet owner, join our pack, and give your best friend a new leash on life.