Her team tried to use Penelope, a local pig, as part of its video submission.
The pig was as adorable as a pig in a blanket, but she didn’t deliver the bacon when it came to acting, Rose said.
Rocket, who is owned by Pamela Murn of the Dayton Dog Training Club, came to the rescue.
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In the short video, the golden retriever demonstrates how easy it is to get in and out of Dayton International Airport.
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He gets behind the wheel of a red convertible and hits the Museum of the United States Air Force and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park before settling into his hotel with a Dayton Flyers pillow to hold.
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The contest ends noon on Friday, April 20.
Dayton is squaring up against more than 20 other visitors bureau including in Orlando, Chicago, Tempe, Arizona; Reno, Nevada, and the Island of Aruba.