What does a 6’3”, 225 pound, former college football player and an 8 pound Chihuahua named Cody have in common? A lot more than you may think actually; they are best friends. Matthew Chapdelaine of Chicago and his pint-size pal Cody are in the national spotlight as one of 11 Grand Prize winners in Mighty Dog’s® “Big Guy, Small Dog” Contest.
From saving each other from a speeding car to playing a game of fetch, this courageous and inseparable duo defy stereotypes about small dogs and the people who own them which is the focus of the contest.
According to a recent Mighty Dog® survey of Americans, many misperceptions about small dogs and their owners still exist. According to the survey, two-thirds of Americans describe small dogs as pampered (68%) and yappy (66%), and they say people who own them are spoiled (54%) and high maintenance (52%). Only 17 percent of Americans describe a man who owns a small dog as “macho.”
Chapdelaine encourages people to be open minded when it comes to selecting the right breed of dog and to think about your lifestyle and the dog’s environment before making a decision.
Growing up Chapdelaine had large-breed hunting dogs but he knew that living in the city was more conducive to smaller-breed dogs like Cody. Cody did everything his big dogs did but he just came in a smaller package.
Chapdelaine and his fiance (then girlfriend) adopted Cody more than two years ago and instantly fell in love with the pint size pooch who has the heart of a true “mighty dog”. Cody loves to play and includes tennis balls, squeaky toys, and socks among his top things to play with.
The bond between Cody and Chapdelaine so strong that each night when Chapdelaine is sleeping Cody wakes him up throughout the night by licking his face to make sure he is still alive. Chapdelaine will pet Cody or talk to him and he’ll go back to sleep! How’s that for a loyal friend?
Chapdelaine and Cody’s most terrifying adventure came last summer when Chapdelaine was hit by an SUV trying to save my Cody when he got off his leash and ran into traffic. He broke his leg and had to spend a few days in the hospital, and Cody wouldn’t eat until he came home a few days later.
As one of the 11 Grand Prize winning pairs, Chapdelaine and Cody will be featured in the 2012 Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” calendar alongside professional football champion, linebacker and proud small dog owner A.J. Hawk and his four-pound Chihuahua named Todd.
In addition to being featured in the 2012 Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” calendar with Hawk and Todd, each Chapdelaine will receive $1,000 and a three-day, two-night trip to Los Angeles with Cody to take part in a professional photo shoot. The calendar will be available in limited edition print format and for free download on the Mighty Dog® website in mid-November. For every calendar download, the Mighty Dog® brand will make a $1 donation (up to $10,000) to Adopt-a-Pet.com, a non-profit pet adoption charity.
Congratulations to Matthew and Cody. We’ll be sure to post a link to the calendar when it’s published!