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Introducing Bella                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Our first 85086 Cutest Pet Contest proved that pet owners from around the area embrace the idea of snapping photos of their beloved critters. Meet the winner, Bella.




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While our first 85086 Cutest Pet Contest wasn’t without some hiccups, it was ultimately a fun way for neighbors to share pictures of their adorable animals. Pet owners from around the area embraced the idea of snapping photos of their beloved critters and actively solicited votes for their pets. The voting and dialogue on Facebook did get heated, but it’s best to keep in mind that all the animal contestants are winners because they have homes with loving owners. Considering that so many dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals end up at shelters—or worse, living on the streets, neglected, becoming victims of cruelty, or dead—the simple fact is that any pet lucky enough to have a caring home comes out ahead.

With that in mind, it’s heartening to see that this year’s Cutest Pet winner was rescued from a shelter. Bella, who was adopted a year ago this month by Anthem’s Dawn Hamm from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, garnered 2,844 votes to win a spot on our cover and a prize package from Sonoran Desert Pet Resort. While Bella is now a star thanks to her magazine debut, her presence in the Hamm household is how she shines the brightest, bringing joy and hope to her family. Find out why on page 38. Meanwhile, a shout-out goes out to Ollie, a beautiful black-and-white feline. Ollie garnered 2,784 votes to come in a close second in the contest. Find out more about this mischievous kitty on page 41. And keep an eye out for our next Cutest Pet Contest early next year.


If you can pull yourself away from Bella’s heartwarming cover story, check out all the other local folks we’re celebrating in this issue: our coverage of the Diamond Canyon boys basketball team’s outstanding season, a local duo who has designed a unique space around their love of Chihuly sculptures, an 85086 couple who’ve bucked the odds, and more. We’ve got the area covered. And, remember, this magazine is about you, our readers, so if you have any news to share, we want to hear it!


Until next month!


Adam & Matthew Toren

© 2013 85086 Magazine

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