South's Greatest Pets of 2016 Winners

The Annual South’s Greatest Pets Contest has quickly become a reader favorite. And why wouldn’t it? We aren’t the only ones who can’t get enough of those adorable, lovable faces. This year brought some steep competition, but the winners took their podiums humbly, happily, and with their tails a-waggin’. 

 

Charli

Hobbies: Running, cuddling and her ball
Age: 4.5 years
Breed: Cocker Spaniel/ Terrier Mix
Owners: Alaina Underberg & Cody Newsome
Charli Ezra (or Charli for short) was the overall winner of the 2016 South’s Greatest Pets contest, which is no shocker because this little thing is the doggie embodiment of the South: polite, stylish, and oh-so-friendly “Charli stands out because of her unique look,” says owner Alaina Underberg. “She will forever look like a puppy. She’s our 22lb exotic black lap giraffe with tons of personality!”

Miss Ellie

Hobbies: Making sure the couch doesn't suddenly fly away, eating, watching TV and opening the kitchen door al by herself when she hears us open the garage door
Age: 8 years
Breed: Cocker
Owners: Anna & Jason Pierce
Anna and Jason Pierce adopted Miss Ellie through the Southeast English Springer Spaniel Rescue organization. She was found in a chicken coop in Lake Charles, La. and was in pretty poor shape. She spent months in foster care in Mississippi while going through heart worm treatment. “When we picked her up in Atlanta, I remember Jason and I cried when we saw her for the first time,” recalls Anna. “We were worried that she would have a ‘transition’ period once we arrived home. As soon as we the crossed the threshold at home, she ran straight to our bedroom and jumped in the bed with a look of utter joy. She has been holding our bed and couch down ever since!” Miss Ellie has been a beloved member of the Pierce family for nearly four years now providing love, protection, and comfort to her adopted family.

Winston

Hobbies: Cuddling with humans and going to work at our store
Age: 7 years
Breed:YorkiePoo
Owner: Brenda Scarpati
“There is just something so gentle and special about this dog,” says Brenda Scarpati, who claims she was rescued by Winston in May of 2015. “It’s hard to explain. He has a way of knowing how to bring comfort, calm and joy to just about any situation.” He certainly brightened the set of our shoot with a constant smile on his face. “It’s virtually impossible to be in a sour mood and look at him,” laughs Scarpati. Winston even earns his keep as a greeter at the family’s store, Cool Savannah Tours & Gifts. “He’s just a joy! He comes to ‘work’ at our store almost every day and greets customers. The door is wide open and he stays inside and just waits for belly and ear rubs!” If you’re strolling down Bay Street on a down-in-the-dumps kind of day, stop in for a smile from Winston.

Luci

Hobbies: Sniffing out squirrels on daily walks
Age: 8 years
Breed: Unknown: possible Jack Russell, Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua mix
Owner: Rob Paulsen
Cute as a button and smart as a whip, Luci makes everyone she meets fall head-over-heals in love with her. “Luci is spectacular at making everyone feel loved,” says Rob Paulsen, Luci’s dad. “From her Disney-esque eyes to her wiggly-butt, she radiates joy and warmth. Ask her to ‘Go say hello,’ and she will greet a person with quiet enthusiasm - be they one month or one century old.” 

Miss BeBe

Hobbies: Coming to work with her mama and greeting the customers
Age: 6 years
Breed: Pomeranian
Owners: Rene & Mike Green
BeBe has recently come back from clinging to her life. This little fighter is epileptic and has been on seizure medication from a very young age. That led to gum disease, which led to kidney failure. Her parents, Rene and Mike thought they would have to say goodbye to their little one, but true to BeBe’s personality, she bounced back and is prancing around like the princess she is. 

Banjo

Hobbies: Hiking trails (without his leash)
Age: 1 year
Breed: Lovable mutt: maybe Australian Shepherd/ Dachshund mix
Owners: Tyler Woodworth & Janie Gray
Tyler and Janie found Banjo wandering in a field across from their house in October of 2015. He fashioned himself a little home in a bush with a bed made out of plastic wrappers. “We looked for his owners, but when no one came forward we knew he was ours,” remembers Gray. “He gains a little more trust in humans every day, and we would like to think he’s quite happy where he has ended up.”

Flower

Hobbies: Bossing around her two older Chihuahua brothers
Age: 7 years
Breed: Chihuahua
Owner: Wendi Patrick
Flower has overcome all odds to get to where she is today. As the runt of a litter of nine Chihuahuas (the world record is 10), Flower’s life started as an uphill battle. She didn’t grow at the same rate as her siblings; so her mom began throwing her out of the welping box, sitting on her, and pulling her away from nursing. Wendi Patrick, Flower’s owner, saved Flower by bottle feeding her back to health.

Whiskey & Daisy

Breed: Whiskey (left) is a Bull Terrior and Daisy (right) is a Great Dane mix
Owners: THe Hamilton family
Whiskey and Daisy are both rescues from Coastal Pet Rescue. Stephanie Hamilton and her family adopted Daisy in December of 2014 and were devastated when she went missing a year later on Christmas Day 2015. Daisy was missing for four long months, and while the family was waiting for news on Daisy they adopted Whiskey in January of 2016. “We were over the moon when Daisy was returned to us April 17, thanks to the diligent efforts of Coastal Pet volunteers,” says Hamilton. “Daisy and Whiskey have been the best of friends ever since Daisy came home, and we couldn’t imagine life without them.”

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Scenes of the South

A-Town Get Down Music Festival

March of Dimes Shamrock Run

The Savannah community laced up their shoes and kicked off St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah by joining the 24th annual March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K! Everyone was wearing a costume and even brought out four-legged friends! 100% of the proceeds from the run benefited the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.

Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park

Hundreds turned out to Forsyth Park on Friday, March 10 to witness the annual Greening of the Fountain event hosted by the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Committee. Conducted for more than thirty years, this popular celebration signals the official kick-off to the Saint Patrick's Day Festivities in Savannah, attracting locals and visitors from around the world to watch the green dye being poured into the historic fountain.

Telfair Modern Lights Ball

This past Saturday, February 25th, guests joined Telfair Museums for their 37th Annual Telfair Ball! The event highlighted Savannah’s social scene, the Telfair Ball was open to Director’s Circle members, and all proceeds benefited Telfair’s exceptional exhibitions, educational programs, and art acquisitions. Guests enjoyed lavish cocktails, live music, exciting auctions, and dazzling lightshows as this illustrious annual gala celebrated Telfair’s vibrant history and supported the future of art and creativity in Savannah.

100 Miles Grand Opening

One Hundred Miles is a nonprofit coastal advocacy organization focused on preserving, protecting and enhancing the 100-mile coast of Georgia. Founded in Brunswick, the group is now expanding to Savannah. This grand opening was free and open to the public, offering food, drinks and live music by Cory Chambers of City Hotel.

Savannah Riverboat 25th Anniversary Cruise

Savannah is a river town, so what better way to get an overview of her harbor and port than to cruise with Savannah Riverboat Cruises? Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the towering red, white and blue traditional riverboats; the Savannah River Queen and Georgia Queen, both dock near the place where General Oglethorpe himself is thought to have landed. With years of experience in the maritime and hospitality industry, owner Captain Jonathan Claughton and his team focus on providing guests with the most unique tours and dining experiences with first-class service!

Jalapeños Grand Opening

There are Jalapeños Mexican Grills all over the Savannah and Pooler area, but now we have our very own right in our backyard! On Wednesday, February 22 Jalapeños celebrated the Grand Opening of their seventh location here in Downtown Savannah on Broughton Street. The staff rang in their new restaurant along with its crowd by cranking out $1 tacos and pouring $1 beers all night. Jalapeños is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine and has been voted Best Mexican Restaurant. Make sure to drop in at any one of their seven locations to enjoy the true taste of Mexico!

Color Vibe 5k

I hope you didn't miss out on on your chance to participate in the happiest 5k on the planet, but, if you did, check out the scenes gallery from this colorful event that is taking the country by color storm! Hundreds of happy souls came out to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center early in the morning on February 18 to upgrade their normal 5k to this technicolor 5k. Throughout the race runners were blasted with vibrant pigments at every color station along the course. You could feel the aura in the air; there was no question as to why this 5k claimed the name "The Happiest 5k on the Planet". Color Vibe is already selling tickets for their next race, so go to Color Vibe 5k Run to register today!

Soup It Up For Loop It Up Savannah

For almost a decade Loop It Up Savannah has been seamlessly weaving its way through the often hardened exterior of community driven public works projects, evolving into something more akin to a necessity than just a volunteer after school program. The Soup It Up for Loop It Up event on Friday February 17th, 2017 marks the first year of their signature fundraising event, in which local chefs competed for the title of the Golden Soup Bowl while generously raising funds to support Loop It Up Savannah’s programming for local youth and services to local families. “We have so many wonderful partnerships throughout the city that allow us to work with thousands of amazing children and families every year,” affirms Loop It Up's Molly Liberman. “Savannah has really embraced and supported us to grow into the organization we are proud to be --- through partnerships, volunteers and an amazingly generous base of donors.” Still, she persists, there is a lot of growing planned for Loop It Up in 2017. Liberman plans to extend programs into the City Of Savannah Community Centers as well as the Public Library. Adds Liberman, “We are also moving into a new space which will allow us to eventually offer onsite programming. Our goal is to deepen and widen our presence throughout the city. We believe that art and opportunity for bold self expression should be everywhere! Savannah is fortunate to have so many community centers and organizations, and we are proud to bring art into as many of them as we possibly can!”

Savannah Book Festival Opening Author's Party

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. (SBF) is an independent, nonprofit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. SBF hosts best-selling and emerging authors in special events throughout the year, including a four-day Presidents Day weekend event that features talks by dozens of authors. The Savannah Book Festival is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a record number of 40 authors scheduled to attend this year's festival starting on Saturday, February 18, which is free and open to the public. Taking place in seven venues around Telfair, Chippewa and Wright Squares, over 10,000 people are estimated to come to hear these well-regarded authors and fascinating new writers talk about their books this year. The opening Authors Party on Friday night at Jenn Library was a private shindig with some of the prominent authors of this year's festival in attendance.