The Seattle Times chose 6 prizewinners from more than 300 entries submitted by readers of themselves with their dogs, cats, horses, birds — and a lizard.
We asked (for the second year in a row) for pet selfies from our readers, and once again, pet owners jumped like a dog hearing the can opener.
We received more than 300 entries between the end of May, when we started calling for photos of people snuggling up with a pet, and the contest’s close, on June 29.
Most of the “pelfies” featured cats or dogs, of course, and more than a handful of birds. Judges were also treated to images of humans gazing affectionately at goats, horses, an emu, a bearded dragon, a squirrel and — yes, really — a young sea lion, which found the selfie-taker’s snorkel to be an irresistible chew toy.
Our panel sorted through images of impeccable purebreds and huggable mixed-breeds. Grumpy cats and two corgis that were faint-inducingly cute. A chicken with a glorious feathery frizzle on its head and a bird who went to a wedding. We noted some unusual names, such as Owl Grayshoes and Tycoon the cats, and Kitty and Mr. Urquhart the dogs.
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Best of all, you shared your origin stories, and we were heartened at how many of you did things like saving a kitten abandoned on the highway or adopting a senior shelter dog or taking in an animal whose owner could no longer care for it. You’re all blue-ribbon folks in our book.
On to the prizewinners:
Grand prize, $100 gift card from Sierra Fish and Pets in Renton:
Gary Anderson and Belize the dog, Snoqualmie (pictured above).
Runners-up, $50 gift card to each from Sierra Fish and Pets:
Judges Choice, gift baskets from Sierra Fish and Pets:
And a few more of our favorites:
See all of this year’s entries: