OXFORD – Next year, two Oxford residents’ work will be seen on calendars across the nation. Multitudes of pet owners from around the world submit pictures of their furry companions annually to Workman Publishing out of New York City, in the hopes that their pet will make the cut and be featured in one of the company’s bestselling pet calendars. With so many submissions, being selected is a rare and special privilege, yet two Oxford cats have been chosen for 2013 editions of “365 Cats” and the “Bad Cat” calendars.
“We get thousands of submissions for our cat and dog contest calendars each year,” said Workman Publishing Editor in Chief Susan Bolotin. Of the thousands of submissions Workman Publishing receives, only a few are ever chosen and sometimes the workload of sifting through so many contestants can be so overwhelming that the photo editor gets backed up making selections, said Bolotin. “As he (the photo editor) sorts through them, he looks for beauty, wit, variety, and artful composition, as well as for pictures that simply have that “ahhh” factor,” she said.