Once again readers turned out in record numbers to show off pictures of their canine companions enjoying the great outdoors in our annual Dog Photo Contest sponsored by Ruffwear®.

This year’s winner—who unfortunately passed away on May 23—came from the far northern reaches of Minnesota. His name was Bobo the Blind, and he was a bit of a celebrity in those parts.

bobo3“Bobo is a 4-and-half-year-old rottweiler and is actually a foster dog with Secondhand Hounds, a non-profit dog rescue in Minneapolis, Minnesota,” said Bobo’s foster mom Sarah Deimel.

Sarah says Bobo arrived at Secondhand Hounds in rough shape, suffering from a rare skin condition that caused him to lose his vision along with his fur.

“This is part of the reason why winning the photo contest is so amazing for Bobo,” she said. “He will get great use out of the Ruffwear dog jackets and booties to keep his hairless body warm in the cold Minnesota winters.”

bobo2Despite Bobo’s medical condition, life had never been better for Sarah Deimel’s four-legged friend.

“Bobo faced more than his fair share of adversity throughout his life, but he continued to be one of the happiest and sweetest dogs I had ever met,” she said. “Nothing made him happier than snuggling near his humans, napping, and chewing on antlers. He has been through a lot of medical issues in the past year and still walks around with a huge smile on his face everyday.”

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