POINT PLEASANT – The winner of NJ Monthly’s first-ever Top Dog Contest is none other than one of Caregiver Canine’s own therapy dogs! Diego Munchkin Diaz was chosen the winner of the contest among a pool of over 240 other dogs.
A therapy dog for Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey’s Caregiver Canines program, Diego received more than 1,000 votes in the first round of online judging. The, he went on the win the six-week long contest after a panel of professional judges crowned Diego the champion.
His prize is a professional photoshoot and a full-page story spread in the April 2018 issue of NJ Monthly Magazine.
With CVCJ’s Caregiver Canines program, Diego visits homebound seniors that are unable to take care of their own dog. He brings some love and canine companionship to these local seniors.
Diego is a cocker spaniel mix that was adopted from a shelter by the Diaz family in Point Pleasant. He even underwent surgery, according to owners Charlotte Aylor-Diaz and Dan Diaz, for a defective diaphragm issue.
“He makes such a wonderful therapy dog because he’s been through health issues of his own,” says Aylor-Diaz. “He’s a dog I can take anywhere.”