Local rescue dog in national contest

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) When Landess Witmer adopted 6-month old Oswald, she new the pup was special, but now it seems the nation could fall in love with her dog too.

Oswald is in the running to become the 2019 face of the dog treat, Bubba's Biscuits. Witmer says she entered Oswald on a whim, but thinks he has what it takes to make Reno proud.

"I never would have begged all my friends to vote every day for a month, but now I'm sort of in it because it's gone crazy and we have over 500 votes," Witmer said. "I just want us to celebrate Reno, and we are so pet-friendly, and we love our rescues."

Oswald's mom was pregnant when a shelter in California wanted to put her down. Local rescue Maddie's Fund saved the mom, and ultimately Oswald.

Witmer says if Oswald wins, she hopes it can spark a conversation about pet adoptions. You can vote every day until Monday, April 1. To vote, click here and scroll down to the second page. Oswald is the first dog that appears.