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Dog Days of Summer: And the winner is …

The photo contest drew nearly 80 entries of employee pets, including a donkey and a chameleon.

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What a summer. When we started this contest, the pandemic appeared to be nearing its end and Asante was getting back to business as usual, including holding our annual summer photo contest. Then everything turned upside down, and we learned how much our pets give us companionship, comic relief and comfort in times of stress and even grief. So here’s a tribute to the pets of Asante, who helped all of us get through a the past year and the hardest summer.

Participants earned one entry for submitting a photo of their pet; two entries if they were included in the photo and three if they shared a funny story about their pet.

And the winner is …

Out of nearly 80 entries, Mochi the pandemic pup won the drawing for the grand prize. Chrysi Thomson, a financial clearance coordinator for Asante, tells us that Mochi has a thing for her robot vacuum.

“I make a lot of phone calls to insurance companies, and one time during one of these phone calls, I hear Mochi behind be growing, barking and jumping. She was attacking and riding the vacuum, causing me to burst out in laughter on the phone with the insurance rep. Thankfully she told me she works from home too, and had a similar story.”

Thomson will receive Asante swag worth $50.

Honorable mentions

They didn’t win the drawing but these pets and their owners deserve a shout-out too!

Goofiest grin

Katie belongs to Gary Marks, DO, Asante’s medical director of telemedicine. While we’re sure she’s a very good girl, something tells us she might be a handful.

The cat who thinks she’s a dog

Pootie Cat belongs to Carol Gibson, a cook at AACH. She rides in the car, climbs into her special backpack carrier and is known to climb a few rocks for a better view of the birds.

The patience of a saint

When Ashley Larkins’ son Noah couldn’t reach a light switch, he recruited his partner in mischief, Ruger, to serve as a stool. Larkins is a patient access rep at ARRMC.

Most awesome photograph

It takes a special skill to shoot a picture like this, which is why the art is called astrophotography. Heather Hicks, a nurse in ARRMC’s ortho/neuro unit, took her lab, Ginger, to Crescent Lake in the Deschutes National Forest to capture this shot.

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