A Venice dog — Paco “The Free Spirit” — was named one of six finalists in Old Navy’s nationwide search for a new canine mascot on Friday, June 23rd.
The finalists were selected by a panel of celebrity judges as possible replacements for Magic, a canine “spokesdog” who appeared in Old Navy’s advertisements in the late ’90s.
The celebrity judges included Katherine Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy, Alfre Woodard of Desperate Housewives, Malcolm David Kelley of Lost, Kristin Chenoweth of RV, Betty White of Golden Girls and celebrity dog trainer Andrea Arden.
Until Friday, July 7th, the finalists—including Paco “The Free Spirit”— will be featured in more than 950 Old Navy store locations throughout North America.
The other finalists are Cooper “The Athlete” from Texas, Bean “The Live Wire” from Emeryville, Josie “The Sweetheart” from Arizona, and Sandi “The Bandit” from Illinois.
“All six finalists display a special blend of charisma and confidence,” Arden said.
“Each of these dogs has a distinct look and attitude, but it’s up to America to select the dog they feel is the best mascot for Old Navy.”
The search for a new Magic was open to dogs throughout the U.S. and Canada this spring.
The public will choose the winning dog that will star in upcoming Old Navy advertisements by voting for their favorite dog finalist at www.oldnavy.com/ magic through Friday, July 7th.