Is your dog a Leader of the Pack?

Nominate your pooch to lead a special parade

The MSPCA-Angell Walk for Animals in 2009. (Globe Staff File Photo / 2009 / Dina Rudick) The MSPCA-Angell Walk for Animals in 2009.
Boston.com Pets is teaming up with MSPCA-Angell to choose a dog to be Grand Marshal and lead the MSPCA-Angell Walk for Animals in Boston on Sunday, Sept. 11.

This year's walk is the organization's 31st annual event and is expected to attract 2,000 people and 1,000 dogs for the 1.5-mile walk around Boston Common (you don't need a dog to attend).

The event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also will feature contests, prizes, food, behavior demonstrations, agility exercises, activities for kids, crafts, music, and more. Lovers of all animals are welcome.

This is a major fundraiser for the MSPCA-Angell, so participants are asked to register and collect pledges for their walk. You'll be listed on the MSPCA-Angell website, along with a scrolling total of the amount of money you've raised so far. Visit the site here.

Boston.com Pets is helping MSPCA-Angell choose a dog to lead the parade by holding a contest. (Your dog must be spayed or neutered, well-socialized, and able to be around about 1,000 other dogs!) Nominate your dog by uploading a photo of your dog and a short essay explaining why he or she would make a great Grand Marshal. The deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

You must be a resident of Massachusetts and 18 or older to enter. One entry per person.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the MSPCA-Angell, and the winner will be notified via phone or email.

In addition to becoming the "Leader of the Pack," the winning dog will be featured on Boston.com Pets and the MSPCA-Angell's address labels, which are sent to 500,000 people, as well as in the organization's newsletter.

So get out your camera or peruse your existing photos to find a knock-out image of your dazzling doggie, and think about the special qualities of your dog that you can tout in your essay. Good luck!

Read the complete contest rules and then enter the contest here.

Any questions? Just e-mail pets@boston.com.

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