"I just love this type of dog, and he looks so sporty sitting there like he is -- very cute." -- Jenn A.
Pugsley, a pug from Winnipeg, Manitoba. "I love to snowshoe with my parents in my warm booties and sweater. Maybe one day they will make dog snowshoes and I can go in the deep snow without getting stuck."
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"Great dog, great photo, great expression." -- Jenn A.
Otto, a dog from Beavercreek, Ohio. "I flew from Ohio down to South Carolina to pick up Otto when he was four months old. He was dropped off at a vet's office by a breeder who was not making any money off of him and his brothers. The vet contacted a rescue in South Carolina who took in Otto and his two brothers. He was so sick when we got him that our vet called him a walking pharmacy. He is just over a year old now and a very happy and healthy boy!"
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"This is really what life is all about." -- Mark G.
Kylie and Rosco, golden retrievers from Canton, Massachusetts. "At times, it seems Rosco thinks his role in life is to terrorize Kylie. But at the end of the day, as sleeping dogs lie, he is always by her side," writes KTINE429.
"This photo truly captures unconditional love, which is what pets do best." -- Alexis T.
"The expression on Scout's face is priceless, and it's so amazing that Oscar is completely nonchalant and accepting of this tiny new housemate." -- Mark G.
"Scout was rescued when she was about a week old from my grandmother's garage. She and her siblings were deserted by their Mama. A kind neighbor had taken them in and was feeding them with bottles. When she was about a month old, we brought her home, and she instantly fit right in. Our big Weimaraner, Oscar, took over as her protector, and they have been inseparable ever since. We named her Scout from 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' and she has lived up to her namesake -- full of spirit and love! This photo was taken on her very first night in her new home."
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"I love images where cats look particularly evil. Notice the red eyes..." -- Mark G.
Rosco, a cat from Los Angeles. "I work evenings, and when I get home we have to have a game in the kitchen or Rosco runs from room to room like a crazy cat," writes larene. "He thunders through the house so loudly, I'm sure he wakes up the neighbors. I know he can run quietly, so I think he likes the sound of his thumps on the hardwood floors. He especially loves fetching paper balls."
"Festus looks like he's had a difficult life, with the scars to prove it, but he soldiers on, bringing his good humor to others as a therapy dog. Go, Festus!" -- Mark G.
"Festus is a very special three-legged therapy dog. I first saw a picture of him on petswithdisabilities.org, and then I adopted him from a shelter in Newark, New Jersey. He had been trapped under some debris while still a stray puppy of just three months and injured his leg trying to free himself. Today, he is four years old, and he is a trained therapy dog. We volunteer at several hospitals every week to inspire and cheer patients. He is a big favorite at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)! Festus is a hero -- proving that we all can survive adversity and that we must make the most of what we have."
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"Babies, in my opinion, are the cutest when they're sleeping, and I feel the same with this picture." -- Jenn A.
Lucy, a golden retriever from Jacksonville, North Carolina, now ten months old, was six weeks old in this photo. "She was making herself comfortable on my lap," says Samberg. "Wish she could still fit!"
"These delicate kittens (so tiny and brave-looking) bring out my maternal instincts. I just want to scoop them up and keep them safe." -- Nancy H.
Teddy, Wesster, Freddy, and Ollie, domestic short-haired kittens from Phoenix, celebrate their cat-loving Aunt Tiffany's birthday by spelling out her nickname on their hats.
"I love the composition and expression in this photo." -- Jenn W.
Congratulations to our winner, Brooke Jacobs, from Brooklyn, and her domestic shorthair, Barc! Brooke is a photographer from Brooklyn who often works with shelter animals. "The beautiful patriotic kitten in this shot was a foster cat I was caring for," she writes. "He was taken from his mother too early, so I had to bottle-feed him. Modeling is the price a foster cat in my home has to pay for a bathroom full of treats and toys, face cleanings and a warm blanket to sleep on. While I was hoping to capture an elegant portrait, this kitty just wanted to be held, loved, and cuddled on and off the set -- and was demanding just that!"
"This is amazing! I love how huge the dog looks. S/he really makes a great horse substitute." -- Camila D.
Newfy's rottweiler/chocolate lab mix, Bob, is dressed as Daredevil, the Headless Horseman's steed. Bob's costume is made of PVC, fiberfill, and kids' clothes, and weighs only about five pounds. He loves being fitted for his costumes and enjoys dressing up every Halloween.
"Guido looks like a fun cat to have around, and he's not kidding about that present!" -- Mark G.
Guido, an "Italian kitty" from San Francisco, celebrates his first birthday. "Apparently Guido gave four paws up to this gift," says MeowsterMom. He hosted 42 guests, served 100 cupcakes, and received all kinds of presents, including the new jungle jacket he's wearing. "Hey, doesn't everybody have a fantasticat FURst birthday?" MeowsterMom says.
"This is too cute for words. The bunny ears look so natural against his white furry coat!" -- Tiffany S.
Sophie Grace, an Old English sheepdog from Plymouth, Indiana, is "being a silly lazy girl and not wanting her picture taken with bunny ears. So she lay down, and it was so cute I did it anyway," says fuzzykidsmom. "Sophie is a rescue, and she is deaf. We communicate with hand and facial signals. She lives with her two-year-old English sheepdog brothers and two standard poodle brothers, as well as the occasional foster dog."
"Another great expression! This is a happy, happy boy.'" -- Jenn A.
Dexter, a dog from Memphis. "A rare moment of rest. Little Dexter was a stray roaming the harsh streets of Memphis until he was picked up and delivered to a local animal hospital. I'm a high school biology teacher, but I work summers at a local no-kill shelter. He came to our shelter, and I fell in love! He now lives with me, my husband, and our two other furry children, Ernie and Gunner. My husband and I often just look at each other and say, 'What were we thinking?' and laugh. Dexter is SO full of energy, but we wouldn't trade him for anything!" Contributed by cmgillespie
"So sweet! Who wouldn't want to adopt Lucy? You just can't help but love that sweet expression." -- Jenn A.
Lucy, a dog from Cedar Falls, Alabama. "If I only had one sentence in which to say something about our girl, Lucy, I would simply say, 'She is a good dog.'" Contributed by cedarshake
"They may look like the Odd Couple now, but I think Riot is going to have a long, happy life with faithful Dane Daisy." -- Mark G.
"Hi, my name is Riot, and this is my first dog Daisy! I was two months when this was taken. She is so gentle with me and makes me smile. Daisy was running down a busy highway when mom and gramma jumped out of the SUV and called her. Daisy was dodging logging trucks and semi trucks. She was wild-eyed and scared but jumped into our SUV. The vet said she had just weened pups. No one claimed her, so she became our Daisy. It was our second Dane rescue." Contributed by Piratte
"You can tell from this photo that Benjamin Tatertot took his role in the wedding very seriously." -- Alison S.
Benjamin Tatertot Kelley-Bell, a pug from North Little Rock, Arkansas. "Benjamin Tatertot was escorted throughout the wedding day by my lovely stepdaughter, Riley," writes our grand prize winner Amy Bell of her March 2008 nuptials. "They are the best of friends, and the series of photos we have of the two of them are probably my favorites from the entire day. He was the perfect gentleman and really enjoyed the festivities -- and he was the perfect date for Riley!"
"I love that there are two dogs in this photo and you can tell they have very different but lovable personalities." -- Jenn A.
Honey and Buddy, golden retrievers from Pennington, New Jersey. "This is Honey and Buddy. They are three-month-old golden retriever puppies. They had lots of fun frolicking through the snow for the first time. They are NATURALS!" Contributed by nikkdiss116
"Teencis is the perfect model and looks like the epitome of the perfect family pet." -- Nancy H.
Teence, a domestic longhair from Laurel, Mississippi, models a beautiful blue cotton Easter shrug against a complementary bouquet of fresh spring flowers. Contributed by eachen
"This little guy looks like he's training for the X Games and just downed a Red Bull! I love that fearless spirit that animals seem to have." -- Caitlin L.
"I'm jealous of this pup and wish I could be doing the same thing...right now!" -- Alexis T.
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"I LOVE beagles -- they're one of my faves. I had one growing up." -- Jenn A.
Trudi, a dog from Princeton, New Jersey. "Trudi, ever the beagle, always enjoys being included in family activities. Here she sits patiently waiting for the Fourth of July parade to pass by her front yard. Trudi has a new lease on life ever since being rescued from a puppy mill in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she was used for breeding. She was cared for by a rescue organization in New Jersey and by Kathy W. before being adopted by her forever parents, who found her on Petfinder.com. Trudi's other favorite activities include: scent-filled walks, tummy massages, rides in the car, attending BBQs, all meal times, helping mommy in the kitchen, and playing tag." Contributed by teagirl30
"You can't tell where his face starts and ends -- super cute. And I love that his name is Wrinkles... definitely fitting." -- Jenn A.
"This dog might have more wrinkles than me, but he's certainly cuter!" -- Alexis T.
Wrinkles, a dog from Franklinton, Louisiana. "I don't think an explanation is needed as to why his name is Wrinkles," writes Sandstonekennels. "He didn't like the Santa hat, so he closed his eyes and wouldn't move."
"This face says it all: 'I am freezing my little tush off in this cute-yet-ridiculous get-up. Please stop taking pictures and snuggle me instead!'" -- Caitlin L.
Arizona, or "Zona," a Boston terrier from Lynchburg, Virginia. "There's nothing like the taste of the first good snow!!!" Contributed by ksdteach