In Memory of Charlee Helms: “Elvis” Challenge

It’s been five years since the dog world lost Charlee Helms, and she remains missed by the countless number of people she influenced with her good cheer and helpful ways. Charlee was an avid breeder, shower, groomer, and instructor, but she had a particular talent for reaching individuals new to dogs and the dog fancy. We at NPDD especially remember Charlee for her enthusiastic support of National Purebred Dog Day during its infancy.


To honor Charlee’s memory, we are sponsoring a photo challenge that plays on Charlee’s love of Dachshunds – hound dogs. Charlee had a serious streak of fun, so we think she would have gotten a kick out of a theme that plays on an Elvis Presley hit, “Hound Dog.”  However, not everyone has a hound dog, so our theme is simply based on all things Elvis;

The challenge: Your challenge is to evoke anything Elvis. Is you or your dog an Elvis impersonator?  Can you recreate one of his songs or put on a “really big show” (think Ed Sullivan)? The easier our judges can tell that your photo has to do with Elvis, and the more creatively you pull it off, the better your chance of success;

The prize: Your choice of an official Hound/Herding/Working breed deck of playing cards (the only groups that are currently completed), along with an official NPDD baseball cap in the breed group of your choice, and our most popular tote in saffron;

The Sponsor: National Purebred Dog Day



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, “Elvis Challenge;”

•••• Your entry must be for the 2021 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. Our judges 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 NPDD;

••• 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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