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What’s your pet worth to you?

How much does a pet cost you during its typical life span?
According to this post:
— $5,980 for a small dog
— $6,565 for a medium dog
— $7,800 for a large dog
— $7,640 for a cat
— $6,960 for a rabbit
— $2,905 for a guinea pig

The most expensive pet to own? A cockatoo.

If you’ve ever seen the cockatoos at a pet store and thought about keeping these large and magnificent birds- don’t. Yes, they are beautiful, and yes, they are relatively smart. But, they will cost you $1,035 a year after spending $1,535 the first year. And these guys are no guinea pigs. Expect your cockatoo to live for 50 years, costing you a total of $52,250.

via How Much Our Pets Cost in a Lifetime –

What kind of pets have people searched so far this year on
— 7,036 for dogs (228 for bull mastiff and 936 for yorkies)
— 761 for cats
— 399 for rabbits
— 133 for guinea pigs
— 14 for cockatoos

That means a lot of pet-friendly family budgets out there. But not a lot of expensive bird interest.




Photo contest winner sees guardian angels at work

Jonathan Holderfield entered this picture of his daughter playing in her baby pool this summer, and won the $1,000 grand prize in the Iwanna Summer Fun Photo Contest.

By Jordan Parker

Jonathan Holderfield was driving to work when he spotted the words “Photo Contest” on the billboard outside of IWANNA’s office on Sweeten Creek Road.

“I didn’t think much of it at the time, but a few days later my wife Lisa showed me a picture of Kali she had taken,” Jonathan said. “It was such a good photo of our daughter Kali, that I knew we had to enter it!”

Kali is four years old with a condition that has stumped doctors so far. The Holderfields have been back and forth to Duke Hospital in order to find out all they can about Kali’s disorder. They have yet to find an exact answer.

“We are very hopeful, and she’s already improved so much since getting treatments,” Jonathan said. Kali is now walking short distances and even climbing stairs.

Lisa took the winning photo while Kali was splashing and playing in her baby pool on a hot afternoon this summer.

“This picture really shows Kali’s beautiful, happy spirit,” Jonathan said. “Because of her condition, she doesn’t smile too much, so catching this moment means a lot to us.”

After entering the photo at’s Contest Central, they checked their progress on the contest website every evening — telling family, friends, and co-workers to vote for them.

“It was really exciting to see the votes add up each day,” Jonathan said. “At first, we thought our chances were looking pretty good, but as other people’s photos started pouring in, it seemed that our chances of winning were pretty slim.”

Once Lisa found out their photo had won, she called Jonathan immediately with the good news. “To be honest, I was kind of shocked we had actually won – it was such a wonderful surprise hearing those words!”

As for the $1000 grand prize, Jonathan said that all the money will go towards Kali’s doctor visits.

“Our trips to Duke really add up, and there are times when we have to stay overnight,” he said. “So with gas, hotel stays, and food, on top of medical costs, winning this money sure does help a lot!”

Jonathan, Lisa, and Kali will be heading back to Duke in October for the results of Kali’s muscle biopsy, and are hoping for some definite answers.

“We just want to provide Kali a good home and a happy life,” Jonathan said. “Having her photo win out of hundreds makes us pretty sure that Kali has a few guardian angels watching out for her.”

You can see all 250 pictures entered in the contest at

You can enter other contests — including the latest “Win Tickets to Santa’s Land” — at Iwanna Contest Central.

Summertime rush hour…

Bison hogs the road

Picture taken from the car of an Asheville resident visiting Yellowstone this week.

What are you doing this weekend? Don’t forget to submit your photos to our Summer Fun Photo Contest, which could earn you $1,000 by the end of the summer!

Guide to Summer 2010 is free – and maybe worth $1,000 to you

Summertime Guide 2010 Book Cover

Summertime Guide 2010 Book Cover

Iwanna’s Summertime Guide 2010 is now on the streets, better than ever in a handy 80-page guidebook to activities across the North Carolina mountains and South Carolina upstate.

The annual magazine is in a smaller size this year — a perfect fit for your car or your coffee table as you consider places to visit and things to do all summer long. Weekend getaways, outdoor festivals, a complete calendar of events, fun activities for the family, treks into nature and the most interesting places in the mountains and upstate are included in the publication.

The guidebook marks the launch the Summer Fun Photo Contest, in which Iwanna is giving away $1,000 in cash to the best picture of the summer. The contest is part of Iwanna’s Contest Central and is an interactive competition in which you submit pictures that fit the theme “See What I Did This Summer.” The contest begins Memorial Day and lasts through Labor Day.

You can find the guidebook anywhere Iwanna is distributed, including most convenience stores and many grocery locations. But you might want to find one quickly — only a limited number are available and distributors are reporting they’re going fast.

How to buy votes and feel really good about it is bringing legitimacy to vote-buying this election season.
Iwanna has partnered with the Asheville Tourists (affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) for two baseball-related contests to benefit charity.
The Video Scoreboard Contest is looking for baseball team videos — best plays, outtakes, bloopers, etc., which will be voted on by viewers. The winning video will be awarded a team party at a Tourists game this summer where the video will be played on the big video screen at McCormick Field.
The Baseball in Pictures photo contest will award the most popular baseball picture of the summer with season tickets to the Tourists next year.
Although registered users get one free vote in each of the contests, they can purchase more ballots to help move their favorites across the finish line.
All proceeds from the voting benefit the Asheville Tourists Childrens Fund.
Check out Contest Central at for even more contests, including the World Cup, Pro Golf and NASCAR.

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