Can A Penguin Or An Otter Be A Dog?

There has been a goofy twist with our 12th Dog Contest. Two otters from the Seattle Aquarium and Cortez, the penguin from the Woodland Park Zoo, have boldly entered the competition. What gives? You can find their images among our growing pool of contestants. We thought we would get an up-close and personal interview with this unique group of characters. Below is an edited version of our interview.

Seattle Aquarium 12th Otters.

Seattle Aquarium 12th Otters.

Simply Seattle:

Hello Otter #1 and Otter #2. We are pleased to see you have entered our dog contest. What inspired you to come play?

Otter #1:

We’re big Seahawks fans from way back. You’ve heard of the 12th Otter, right? The pooches in this contest have nothing on us. Has any one of them eaten a #12 ice toy studded with delicious raw shellfish? I don’t think so!

Simply Seattle:

If your followers vote you to be our contest winner, how will you feel about sitting in one of Century Field's fancy suites?

Otter #2:

We prefer to swim and groom our fur, but we’d totally make an exception to hang out in a suite—as long as the mussels are as good as the ones we get at the Aquarium.

Sea Otter Mishka.

Sea Otter Mishka.

Simply Seattle:

Unfortunately, the Seahawks have lost a few big games this season. What do you suggest they need to work on?

Otter #1:

They spend way too much time trying to move the ball on land. They should hire us to be their water coaches. Talk about moving! We can dive up to 300 feet below the surface when we’re looking for food. And, while we’re talking about what needs improvement, we’ve been seeing great #12 clothing selections for people and dogs. How about #12 attire for otters? We like simple wash and wear designs that are easy to slip on over our incredibly dense fur.

Cortez The Penguin.

Cortez The Penguin.

Simply Seattle:

Hello Cortez. Do penguins like simple designs as well?

Cortez:

We penguins are a classy bunch. A simple black tux with a splash of white always does the trick. And it not only looks good, but it protects us too. Just like the Seahawks wear pads to protect themselves from the hard hitting action of the game, our coats allow us to blend in to avoid predators. The black blends in with the ocean floor for those high in the sky hunters, and the white on our bellies blend with the light shining above the water so predators below the sea don’t snatch us up. Stylish and safe, can’t go wrong!

Simply Seattle:

Do you have any suggestions for the Seahawks?

Cortez:

Fly. I’m speaking metaphorically of course. I’m able to fly underwater thanks to my robust wings that help me propel up to 17 miles an hour. The Seahawks can fly into the air to catch a great pass from Russell Wilson (or even an interception) and use their speed to fly down the field to score the game winning touchdown.  I believe they have the power to soar above the rest; and I know the 12s does too.

Simply Seattle:

And, what if you win the 12th Dog Contest. Any special requests while enjoying your dream weekend in Seattle?

Cortez:

As you can see, I'm good with flags. I think the Seahawks should let me raise the honorary 12th Man Flag before kickoff.

Simply Seattle:

Thanks to all of you for your playful incite to our 12th Dog Contest.

We are all waiting to see which one of you has the most loyal fans since your followers can vote once EVERY DAY until December 18. May the best "Dog" win!!