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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Events Calendar

  • Atlantic Beach Music Festival

    Feb 17, 2020
    12:15 PM - 12:15 PM @ Atlantic Beach Circle

    You don’t want to miss the 7th Annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival at the boardwalk at the Circle, Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC. 11:00 A.M....

  • 2020 American Traditions Vocal Competition

    Feb 17, 2020
    4:30 PM - 9:30 AM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) returns for its highly anticipated 27th anniversary season Feb. 17-21, 2020. With an outstanding...

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Judges Concert

    Feb 17, 2020
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    Spend the evening with the famous judges of the 2020 American Traditions Vocal Competition as they perform various selections from their diverse...

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Quarter Finals I

    Feb 18, 2020
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The first half of 28 quarterfinalists compete for a spot in the semifinals in the 2020 American Traditions Vocal Competition.  With an...

  • Book Signing and Luncheon with Colleen Oakley

    Feb 19, 2020
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Chatham Club

      Join us for a luncheon with Colleen Oakley featuring her new book, You Were There Too. Tickets include lunch and a copy of Oakley's book. Two...

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Quarter Finals II

    Feb 19, 2020
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The second half of 28 quarterfinalists compete for a spot in the semifinals in the 2020 American Traditions Vocal Competition.  With an...

  • “Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao: Nationalism and Regionalism in Contemporary Spain”

    Feb 19, 2020
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Savannah Country Day School

    SCDS Upper School Spanish instructor Michelle Dumais will explore the historical roots of the tensions between Spanish regionalism and nationalism...

  • Savannah Pennysaver Job Fair

    Feb 20, 2020
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) 26th Annual Judged Show. Winners...

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  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Semi Finals

    Feb 20, 2020
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The 12 semifinalists compete for a spot in the finals as they sing their second program of American songs. The ATC requires singers to create...

  • Oglethorpe Mall Carnival

    Feb 20, 2020
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Oglethorpe Mall

    Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the electrifying midway with rides and games for all ages, favorite fair food and Victoria Circus...

  • Sips for Spouses

    Feb 20, 2020
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ghost Coast Distillery

    Who: Patriot Advantage, Hire Heroes USA and YOU! What: A fundraising event to benefit the nonprofit Hire Heroes: Serving Spouses Program Where:...

  • "Little Women"

    Feb 20, 2020
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a “Little Women” that draws on both the classic...

  • Julilette Gordon Low Birthplace Groundbreaking

    Feb 21, 2020
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

    Girl Scouts of the USA is hosting an official groundbreaking ceremony to share information on current renovation work, future site highlights and...

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Master Class

    Feb 21, 2020
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center: Ben Tucker Theatre

    Spend the afternoon with the judges as they work with contestants to perfect performances of select ATC songs. The ATC requires singers to create...

  • Magical Interventions feat. Ngil Mask, Fang People

    Feb 21, 2020
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Savannah African Art Museum

    Everyone knows that magic is everywhere and everyone knows that you should only use magic if it helps yourself and others. What if someone has...

  • AURA Fest: Underground Weekend

    Feb 21, 2020
    7:30 PM - 11:45 PM @ The Jinx

    AURA Fest: Underground Weekend at The Jinx February 22, 2020 Torche, Bask, Oakskin, SHEHEHE, Knightsquatch February 21, 2020 Inter Arma, CLOAK,...

  • Savannah Music Festival IPA Release featuring Roosevelt Collier & Jontavius Willis

    Feb 21, 2020
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Southbound Brewing Company

    On Friday, February 21, 2020, Savannah Music Festival and Southbound Brewing Co. will celebrate the release of this season's Wailin' IPA with a...

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Finals

    Feb 21, 2020
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center: Ben Tucker Theatre

    Join the gala evening as finalists content for top prizes and the all-important ATC Gold Medal. The ATC requires singers to create three rounds of...

  • 17th Annual Savannah International Food & Wine Festival

    Feb 22, 2020
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Hellenic Center

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Scenes of the South

2020 Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association held its annual Southern Coast Heart Ball on Saturday, February 8th at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with a silent auction, dinner and program, and dancing to end the evening. All proceeds went to the Open Your Heart campaign.

4th Annual Hearts for Healing Gala

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center held its Fourth Annual Hearts for Healing Gala on Friday, February 7th at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Guests enjoyed gourmet dining, dancing, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction benefitted the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center's program for individuals with disabilities.

IDC Benefits the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire

The LeClerc Family owners of IDC (International Diamond Center) in Savannah 349 Mall Blvd held a benefit to support the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire on Thursday, February 6th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Guests enjoyed light food and drinks, while bidding on several silent auction items, including autographed footballs and helmets donated by Anthony Lanier II.

Royce Learning Center Annual Low Country Boil & Oyster Roast

The Royce Learning Center held their annual low country boil and oyster roast on Saturday, February 1st. Guests enjoyed mingling over the seafood selection. Royce Learning Center meets the needs of children and adults with learning differences and literacy needs through its unique programs.

Dining in the Dark 2020

The Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision held its annual Dining in the Dark event on Saturday, January 18th at the Embassy Suites Downtown Savannah. Guests were served a four-course meal in complete darkness by the Savannah Metro's SWAT team. Dining in the Dark serves to raise awareness about vision loss.

January Brews for a Cause

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted their monthly Brews for a Cause on Thursday, January 16th at the Savannah Taphouse in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. The night featured delicious appetizers by Savannah Taphouse and a range of flavored Bud Light Seltzers provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in February!

Ford Plantation's Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Silk Hope

The Ford Plantation celebrated the completion of its two new Silk Hope model homes on January 10, 2020. The Silk Hope project is limited to 53 homes, on beautiful lots of buyers’ choosing amongst old oaks and a Lowcountry marsh setting. This member-backed project is the first new for sale residential development at The Ford Plantation in more than fifteen years and represents the final phase of home development to be offered. The Silk Hope community is the product of a collaboration of some of the world’s top residential architects and landscape designers and has been modeled to capture tranquil European village and Lowcountry architecture.

Mat Best Signs his New Best-seller at Nine Line

Veteran, entrepreneur and author Mat Best met fans and signed copies of his new book “Thank you for my Service” Thursday Dec. 12 at Nine Line Apparel. Best’s best-selling authorial debut chronicles his service as a U.S. Army Ranger. Best's Black Rifle Coffee co., partnered with Nine Line Apparel, has shops on River st. and off route 95 on Ft. Argyle rd.

Victory Antiques and Engel & Völkers' Holiday Party

Dickey Mopper and his team at Engel and Völkers celebrated the season at their annual holiday party on Wednesday Dec. 11, with a special appearance from the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Mopper and company, celebrating alongside the crew of Victory Antiques, showed off the newest Engel and Völkers office at 1650 East Victory Dr. in Savannah.

Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant's 2nd Anniversary Celebration feat. Lady Leah

Jazz lovers celebrated Good Times Jazz bar's second anniversary on Nov. 8 and 9 featuring jazz vocalist Lady Leah and the culinary stylings of Good Times' chef Joe Randall, the dean of southern cuisine. In 2017 Randall teamed with Danielle and Stephen T. Moore to create one of the city's smoothest spots, a confluence of culture and taste fit for the soul of Savannah.