National Purebred Dog Day is honored to welcome the return of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America, and delighted that they are reprising one of everyone’s most favorite contest themes, the “Fictional Character” Photo Challenge.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed in the world named after a character in literature; In this challenge, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America challenges photographers to portray their dog as a fictional character that should be apparent to our judges;
A bit of background: In the 19th century, author, Sir Walter Scott had heard of a farmer named James Davidson who kept “pepper-and-mustard terriers.” In his classic, “Guy Mannering” published in 1815, Scott “morphed” Davidson into Dandie Dinmont, a rough but kind-hearted tenant whose pack of six dogs included Auld Pepper, Auld Mustard, Young Pepper, Young Mustard, Little Pepper, and Little Mustard. The breed takes its name from that character, and today, the AKC breed standard specifies that the breed color is either pepper or mustard.
The challenge: Portray your dog as a fictional character. Extra points if our judges can easily determine the character without having to be told. Please note the special instruction under the “dreaded small print” below;
The prize: In 2015, Richard, Duke of Buccleuch (also the chief of Clan Scott) gave his blessing for Dandie Dinmont Terriers and their owners to wear the Sir Walter Scott Black and White Tartan as the breed’s “official” tartan. This makes the Dandie Dinmont Terrier the only breed in the entire world to have its own, Clan Chief approved, tartan.
The occasion occurred on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s “Guy Mannering,” the book that famously gave the breed its distinctive name.
The DDTCA has donated a 100% lambswool Sir Walter Scott (personal) Black and White Tartan scarf measuring approximately 74 inches long by 10 inches wide, and a Dandie Dinmont Terrier-sized dog bandana that can be custom fit if need be. Possession of the scarf and bandana do not require the wearers to own or be a Dandie Dinmont Terrier, of course, but we at National Purebred Dog Day want the winner of this prize to be aware of how special and unique their prize is. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a vulnerable breed, its numbers so low that the breed is outnumbered by Panda Bears.
The winner of this scarf and bandana will undoubtedly be complimented on them, and it is our hope that the winner will use the opportunity to advance the cause of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier to anyone who remarks or inquires about their finery.
The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter
•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open to domestic and international participants;
•••• 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 which is The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America’s “Fictional Character” 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 “Happy National Purebred D♥g Day” sign
The “I L♥ve My Purebred Dog” sign
Any official National Purebred Dog Day item available here.
•••• No photoshopping, and that includes the required sign. Our judges, David Frei and Jack Grassa must see what you actually shot with your camera;
•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prizes 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 the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America;
•••• 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