Last spring, The University of Findlay announced a partnership with the Cleveland Browns. This fall, UF faculty and staff had some fun recognizing that partnership by participating in an “Ultimately Fabulous Dawg” contest. Employees submitted photos of their canine companions decked out in Oilers/Browns gear for a chance to win tickets to the Sunday, Dec. 6 rivalry between the Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sunday will also be UF Day at First Energy Field, with a pre-game UF tailgate party and Browns’ scholarship winners being honored during the third quarter.
A panel of impartial judges tackled the task of selecting a “dawg” that best represented the Oiler spirit. Perhaps, because of his resemblance to a linebacker, Buddy, an English bulldog, edged out the competition to take first place. Buddy belongs to Mary Jo Geise, Ph.D., professor of computer science. He nabbed two tickets and some UF gear for his owners.
The opposite of an English bulldog could very well be a Chinese Crested; tiny and relatively hairless except for Elvis-type locks or a “crest.” Plum, a one-year-old Chinese Crested took second place in the competition.
“Plum is really a wonderful dog,” said Craig Haines, associate director of immigration and services and Plum’s owner. “We have two other dogs, but if I ever get another one, it’ll be a Chinese Crested.”
Plum is turning his two game tickets over to the Haines family, preferring instead to watch the game on TV.
As the official Ultimately Fabulous Dawg, Buddy will appear on the UF website, Facebook page and campus TV displays. Rumor has it that he’s also available for public appearances; edible payment only.