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June 26, 2017 4:45 PM, EDT
Omnitracs Launches Big Rig Buddies 2017
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Omnitracs, a global management solutions provider for transportation and logistics companies, has announced the launch of Big Rig Buddies 2017 for truck drivers and their dogs.

The contest celebrates “the trusted companions many drivers bring on the road and how they contribute to helping their owners maintain happier and healthier lives,” according to a press release.

The contest began June 21 and will culminate at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas on Aug. 26. The winner will receive a $700 gift card, and the second-place finisher will get a $300 gift card.

Big Rig Buddies 2017 is open to all current and retired commercial truck drivers. Entries will be accepted through Aug. 23. Contestants must submit a photo and a brief description explaining why their pet is the best companion on the road. Judges will vote on which driver has the “pick of the litter.”

“Many professional drivers find life on the road easier with a loyal companion,” said Jim Gardner, Omnitracs’ vice president of marketing. “While Omnitracs products are excellent companions to reduce paperwork and increase productive time spent on the road, we recognize that a furry or feathered companion has their own unique benefits to drivers, including increasing exercise, improving mood, lowering blood pressure, and more.”

The entry form is at at www.omnitracs.com/bigrigbuddies. All forms of Big Rig Buddis are eligible, so cat, hamster and rabbit lovers can participate, too.