Much like a proud parent of a newborn, pet owners have high opinions of how cute their pets are.
One family dog, Chipper, was one of the cutest puppies ever seen when adopted him from the Newberry County Animal Shelter in 2006.
Since he is a pound rescue, he is figured to be part golden retriever, part yellow lab and part red bone hound.
He proved to be a precious puppy, learning to sit, lie down, play dead and roll over. As he neared the end of his puppy years, Chipper had revealed a hidden talent.
Chipper could sing.
The family learned of this by accident one day when the mother received a phone call and the ring tone caused Chipper to howl.
Later on a different caller rang in who used a different ring tone. Chipper’s tune changed to match the rhythm of the ring tone.
It was cute, so he was rewarded with a cookie.
It did not take him long to learn to paw at our pockets to get us to take our our phone and let him sing.
Those cookies were a great trade for Chipper.
He is not on YouTube, yet, though his video has been shown with friends and family.
The family has tried CDs, guitar and other musical instruments but the two times he chimes in are when a phone rings (and he is in the mood to sing) or when one nephew, Thomas, plays with his elf karaoke microphone.
This cute dog trick has helped with journalism just this past week, in fact. While covering a story involving a young cancer patient and showing the child an iPhone video of Chipper singing helped to break the ice in order to conduct the interview.
He got a big smile from the six-year-old girl who then had to show off her cat, Gale.
Do you have a pet that is cute and worthy of recognition? Have you entered the pet in our Cutest Pets contest? Voting begins Monday, Sept. 17, so if you have entered, please get your friends and family to vote in support of your pet being crowned the cutest.
Chipper is not eligible for the competition since his owner is an employee of the paper, but curiosity rules to see how well he could give the eventual winner a run for his or her money.
Visit the website www.newberryobserver.com to cast votes for the cutest pet contest. The deadline is Sept. 30 and you may vote up to five times each day.