Pint-size pup has big opportunity

Four-pound paper shredder one of 100 finalists in Internet photo contest

This is Lizzie the Maltese, a finalist for the position of Milk-Bone SpokesDog chosen through online voting in the Best Milk-Bone Moments dog photo contest. A photo of Destiny Martinez and Lizzie can be found at the contest site,

Little Lizzie the Maltese is one feisty puppy. But does she have what it takes to be a model?

The unsuspecting four-pound pet of the Martinez family in Grand Junction is a star not only in her family’s lives, but also on the Internet.

Out of 6,352 entries, a picture of Lizzie and 9-year-old Destiny Martinez reclining in a bean bag chair made the top 100 in the Best Milk-Bone Moments dog photo contest at

The contest winner, picked through online votes, gets $100,000 and becomes the first Milk-Bone SpokesDog. All 99 runners-up get a digital camera.

The contest is part of the Milk-Bone’s 100th anniversary festivities. 

“Everywhere we go we get stopped and people say how cute she is,” said mom Amber Martinez about the family dog.

So after a relative told her about the contest, she thought, “why not enter Lizzie’s photo?”

Lizzie is an attention hound. She licks and jumps voraciously. Her favorite toy is a tiny stuffed elephant, and her favorite activity is shredding paper products as though it’s a competitive sport.

Lizzie is such a dedicated paper shredder that Amber must guard a four-page contract she got from Milk-Bone with contest stipulations.

The Martinez family has checked out the dog photo opposition — fuzzy puppies licking noses, a bulldog taking a bath, a golden doodle with its tongue hanging out, a lab trying to get at a kid’s ice cream cone.

The competition is tough, but Lizzie will win, Destiny insisted “because she’s the cutest dog, ever.”

If Lizzie becomes the Milk-Bone SpokesDog, she will be required to make 10 public appearances.

How do the Martinezes know their dog can handle it?

She was a total ham for the camera when The Daily Sentinel took Lizzie’s photo, Amber said.

“Maybe, if they make ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2,’ she can be in it,” Amber said.

Voting ends Nov. 18. The winner will be announced in January. And that’s just the way the dog cookie crumbles.


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