Lincoln dog featured in '365 Dogs' calendar

Lincoln dog featured in '365 Dogs' calendar

Christopher Relyea, 11, of Lincoln, poses alongside his dog Dolby, who is featured in the 2015 America's Favorite Dog Calendar.

LINCOLN - Dog lovers everywhere can see a picture of Lincoln resident Marina Relyea's dog, since he was featured in the 2015 America's Favorite Dog Calendar.

Relyea, a teacher at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, said her son, Christopher, 11, received a previous version of this calendar as a Christmas gift a few years back.

"We noticed a little ad in the calendar about entering a picture of your own dog," she said.

Once they saw the ad, she said, Christopher was adamant on sending in a picture of their dog, Dolby, who is named after the home theater company, Dolby Digital.

Relyea said she decided to submit a picture of Dolby in January 2012, thinking it would be included in the 2014 calendar.

"So we went last year and bought one, and didn't see his picture," she said.

A month ago, however, Relyea said she received a letter in the mail, along with the 2015 calendar, stating that Dolby would be featured in the "365 Dogs" calendar.

Dolby's picture, Relyea said, is on the page featuring Feb. 19, 2015.

"Christopher was so ecstatic," she said.

Relyea said her family got Dolby in November 2010 after both her sons, Christopher and Josh, 13, showed interest in wanting a dog.

"We had gerbils before because we were trying to avoid getting a dog, but after two weeks one of them died and you can't get another one right away because you can't introduce a new gerbil to an established one without buying a divider for the cage," she said.

So while at the pet store, Relyea said she saw Dolby and decided to purchase him for her children and he has been a part of their family ever since.

According to a press release from Workman Publishing, thousands of people send in photographs of their pets each year to be included in the calendar. "In the calendars, each day brings a new pet, from the cute and irresistible to the regal and proud to the downright bad-to-the bone, the images are accompanied by facts about the animals, including, name, breed and where they are from," the press release stated.