Congratulations to Misty, Tampa Bay Newspapers August Pet of the Month winner. Part Maltese, part Shih Tzu, Misty is 9 years old and her human is Florence Otterstedt of Largo.
Misty’s picture was submitted by Otterstedt’s daughter, Carol Baker, to help her mom celebrate her recent 97th birthday. Misty and Florence have been best of friends for the past eight years, ever since she got the dog through a friend at the New 2 U Thrift Store in Seminole.
Misty is a silly girl who loves to crawl around on her belly instead of walking, and she also loves fresh veggies. Misty follows Florence everywhere and stays right by her when she works in the garden. She even walks around with all the ducks in the backyard.
Misty loves to ride around in the basket on her human mom’s trike. That is, when she isn’t out for a spin in her VW Beetle, which Florence got at the thrift store where she volunteers.
Misty and Florence are inseparable and has been Florence’s best friend since her husband died six years ago. Misty will only eat her food if Florence sits with her until she’s done.
As the pet photo of the month winner, she has won a $25 gift certificate to Largo Feed and Garden Supply, either in Largo or Pinellas Park.