Central Oregon residents love their pups, and Bend’s NorthWest Crossing is no exception. Dogs from the neighborhood are being featured in their own calendar to help a local nonprofit organization.

The 2012 Dogs of NorthWest Crossing Calendar grew out of a Facebook dog photo contest held this year. Twelve pooches were ultimately asked to model, and local professional photographer Karen Cammack posed them with donated gear from Bend-based Ruff Wear.

The calendar benefits the Bend Spay and Neuter Project, which provides low-cost spay and neuter services. The calendar costs $16. It will soon be available online at the websites below (for NorthWest Crossing find it under the Play menu in Events) and area businesses, including most in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood. They will be available into January.

Contact: Northwestcrossing.com or Bendsnip.org.