January 2011 Photo Contest
Focus on Texas: Man’s Best Friend
This month, we salute the most loyal of companions

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    Comanche Electric Cooperative member Meridith Martin sent us this inspiring picture of her sister Jennifer Martin and her dog Bailey. “That photo truly tells the story of their relationship,” Meridith says.
    Meridith Martin
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    Squeals is the best friend that 2-year-old Wyatt could possibly have. Wyatt is the son of Hamilton County Electric Cooperative members Rebecca and Cody Alderson.
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    Farrah is always happy to ride shotgun with Central Texas Electric Cooperative member Donnie Hopson.
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    Even though Fayette Electric Cooperative member Julius Bartek was dead set against having pets, a certain little puppy that his wife, Clara, brought home one day won him over. Julius named him Butch before that night was over, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
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    Lady and Banx, decked out in their life jackets aboard a pontoon boat, keep an eye on the family during a swim. The two are the granddogs of Central Texas Electric Cooperative member Judy Bettison.
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    Soaking up the sun. Gwen Pool, MidSouth Synergy
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    Lucy and a squirrel. Floyd Bradford, Lamar Electric Cooperative
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    Joyous abandon: Chloe & Jewel on a jog. Ashley Grinnan, Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative
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    Jurnee Jade Barnhart & Daisy chilling on a snowy day. Krista Barnhart, Farmers Electric Cooperative
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    Dexter Dan, kicking up trails. Todd Pickens, Farmers Electric Cooperative
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    Dillon recognizes 143 English words. Owner Ron Tarr, HILCO Electric Cooperative, recognizes three dog words.
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    Petey likes to relax. Judy Bettison, Central Texas Electric Cooperative
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    Spencer on a playdate. Holly Buchanan, Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative
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    Holly (top) and Rafe (bottom) enjoy the thrill of hunting and fishing. Rebecca Alderson, Hamilton County Electric Cooperative Association
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    Say cheese! Maggie getting snapped by Ray O’Brien, Bailey County Electric Cooperative
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    Chris Young & Max, waiting for the “one.” Rita Castle, Fannin County Electric Cooperative
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    Ouch! Sweetie gets a nose-full. Neal Meares, Central Texas Electric Cooperative
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    Need anything from the store? Morris Baxter, Medina Electric Cooperative

Scratch a dog’s back, and you’ll have yourself a full-time job. No matter what cloud darkens your day, your dog is always there to warm your heart and cheer your soul. He practices what humanity should strive for: Love unconditionally. Forgive and forget. Play often. This month, we salute the most loyal of companions.