Bark on the Bayou’s “Swamp Monster” Photo Challenge

Some said it could only be seen on a moonlit night when rows of sharp teeth gleamed in the dark. Others said you couldn’t see it, but you felt it when its tongue – or maybe it was sloughing skin – brushed against your leg in the dark.

There were those, of course, who scoffed at the notion of a creature living in the swamp. A couple of them went into the murky bog to prove it was all nonsense.

Most of them never came back out.

The few who did emerge alive agreed that whatever it was, it had an unearthly sound that made every hair stand on end. A recording of the sound was found. The person who caught it never was. Take a listen, if you dare.


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We at National Purebred Dog Day are delighted to welcome back Bark on the Bayou, the dog tested and approved homemade pet treats that includes cookies and jerky! They are reprising one of our favorite challenges, Swamp Monster!

The challenge: Swamps have a unique beauty, but beware of the night. Shadowy ghosts, the undead, and snarling beasts of the bayou own the dark. Our sponsor knows a little something about such things, located as they are in Louisiana bayou country. Your challenge is to scare our judges, keep them up at night. Make them recoil in fear (or laugh doing it). Your entry should capture a real swamp creature: Scary. Unearthly. Disturbing.

The prize: A fabulous gift box filled with all the yummy homemade treats that makes Bark on the Bayou a shop you’ll go back to again and again;

The Sponsor: Bark on the Bayou

The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter

•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open to US residents;

•••• One entry per person; You may enter four different photo challenges. If you enter this one, you may enter three more;

••••  When submitting your photo entry on Facebook, you must indicate the name of this contest, Bark on the Bayou’s “Swamp Monster” Photo Challenge

•••• Your entry must be for the 2023 contest. Photos submitted from previous years’ contests will be disqualified, and yes, we remember photos from one year to the next;

•••• Within the photo, your image must include a purebred dog and one of the following either downloaded from the link or handmade:

The “IPurebred Dogs” sign

The “Happy National Purebred Dg Day” sign 

The “I Lve My Purebred Dog” sign 

Any official National Purebred Dog Day item available here. 

•••• No photoshopping, and that includes the required sign. Be creative with how you use it, but our judges, David Frei,  co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show, and Westminster Kennel Club photographer, Jack Grassa, must see what you actually shot with your camera;

•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prize goes to the person submitting the winning photograph;

•••• Entering this contest implies consent that your photo may be shared on NPDD’s social media platforms, and by Bark on the Bayou;

••• A full explanation of how, when, and where to submit your entry can be read here;  

•••• Important! You and your dog should have safe fun when composing your entry!

•••• Judges’ decisions are final


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