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UPDATED ON 6: CSRA Dog, Owner Named Iams Love Tails Contest Grand-Prize Winners

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***UPDATED on Tuesday, July 2nd at 1:02 P.M.***

Well, CSRA...you dit it. We told you last week about a local therapy dog who needed your votes to help win the Iams Love Tails Contest. Tuesday, we learned Derek Underwood and his dog Brooks won!!!! 

The contest kicked off on February 14th as a nationwide contest in search of heartwarming love stories between pets and their owners. According to Iams, more than 500 dog and cat owners submitted their stories and photos for consideration through March 3rd. A total of 11 finalists were selected based on the unique bond that they share with their dogs and cats, and the important role that IAMS plays in those relationships.

During the week of June 24th, each finalist's "Love Tail" was brought to life in a video that premiered on the IAMS Facebook page. IAMS asked its Facebook fans to "Like" their favorite "Love Tails" as a way to help the pet food maker choose the grand-prize winner.

"We were so inspired by all of our Love Tails finalists and their stories of unconditional love; selecting just one winner was a tough choice," said Kristine Decker, marketing director, Iams North America. "Brooks and Derek have a special connection that really celebrates how pets affect our lives every day and we look forward to sharing their "tail" across the country."

Brooks is a trained therapy dog who lives with her owner Derek. She visits assisted living homes to make people feel special, put a smile on their faces and make a difference in their lives. Derek says Brooks makes him want to be a better person. When the pair isn't making a difference in other people's lives, Brooks likes to do cannon balls in the pool, play water soccer, and have play dates with canine friends.

The grand-prize winning pair will now star in a national ad for IAMS, featuring their real-life "Love Tail".

Check out Brooks' and Derek's grand-prize winning "Love Tail" video here.

To view the winning announcement YouTube video, click here.


***POSTED on Wednesday, June 26th at 4:43 A.M.***

It all started at the beginning of the month when Brooks' owner, Derek Underwood, submitted a video into the IAMS "Love Tail" contest.  Now, their story is up against only 10 others across the nation.  Brooks' "Love Tail" captured the hearts of those who work at IAMS and soon she was selected.   The 2 year old is a therapy dog that goes into hospitals to lift the spirits of those who are sick or disabled.  If Brooks is selected as the grand prize winner, she will be the next "star" of a national advertisement campaign for IAMS.

"We just wanted to show that Brooks and I go to hospitals and share her love with people," said Derek Underwood, Brooks' owner.  "And she and makes people happy and makes them feel good about themselves and either forget about where they are, or whatever it might be, by just her presence there.  And she really relaxes everybody and makes them feel, makes them feel good.  Please come out and vote for our video.  Brooks would be grateful, we would all be grateful.  You know, maybe more people would be inspired to certify their dog as a therapy dog, and go do volunteer work like this.  I think in the end, making more people aware that it's not something that's not possible. I think a lot of people think, 'oh, well my dog isn't bred for that, or isn't that kind of a dog.'  And really that's not the case, any dog can be a therapy dog." 

For Brooks to win, she needs you to vote for her video on Facebook.  Voting lasts through Friday, June 28th.  The winner will be announced July 2nd.  "Like" Brooks' video: Vote Here 

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