by Mike Parks
WEDDINGTON – Sheley Revis needs you to vote for McGrady, the Fabulous Deaf Dog.
The Weddington dog is one of the three finalist in Mecklenburg County’s Bark in the Park Top Dog contest. People vote online for their favorite of the three, and the winning dog gets a year’s worth of free dog food and will grace the cover of next year’s event brochures. Revis already has plans for both prizes, if she can get Union County to propel McGrady to the top.
“McGrady is deaf, and a lot of people view deaf dogs as throwaway dogs,” Revis said.
But that’s not the case.
Revis said deaf dogs are just as friendly and loving as any other pet, while maybe being even easier to train, because they don’t hear all the distractions other dogs have to deal with.
“I thought the contest would be a good platform to get the word out about how good deaf dogs are, and shelter dogs,” Revis said.
Revis saved McGrady, who is around 5, from a shelter in Ashe County, which had already kept the dog a lot longer than most shelters would have. McGrady had been there 35 days when Revis arrived to rescue him, and she’ll never stop being thankful for the shelter’s care.
“We’ve been trying to repay that favor,” she said.
A year’s worth of dog food would go a long way toward repayment, and Revis hopes to be able to donate some of McGrady’s winning to the shelter if he’s announced top dog on April 23.
So, why should people support the candidacy of McGrady for the area’s highest doggie honor?
“He’s a big goof,” Revis said. “He loves getting in the creeks and just laying in it.”
People can vote online for top dog through Monday, April 16. To vote, visit http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Parks/DogParks/Pages/BarkInThePark.aspx.