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Meet the Top 20 Competitors in Our Cutest Pets in Dallas Contest

Our readers have spoken. Allow us to introduce you to this year's finalists–16 dogs and four cats.

When we kicked off our fourth annual Cutest Pets in Dallas competition earlier this summer, our readers were invited to submit their pets for consideration. And they delivered: we quickly reached our 1,000-entrant limit.

As always, the competition was tough. We saw sporty dogs on hikes and spiffy dogs in hats. There were lazy cats lounging on windowsills and curious cats exploring backyards. Birds, bunnies, and pigs made appearances. We even had a few dozen entrants from local shelters. (Check out their profiles here, as many are still looking for loving homes.)

Finally, after three weeks of voting, the results are in. Our Top 20 is comprised of 16 dogs and four cats, the same ratio as last year. Each competitor is listed below alphabetically; for now, we’ll be keeping their rankings under wraps.

On July 6, we’ll announce which pet is our Readers’ Choice winner (the competitor with the highest number of votes) and which will take home the Editors’ Choice win (one of the Top 20 competitors, selected by our in-house panel). Until then, check out the 20 finalists below. Congrats, Top 20!

The top 20 pets with the most votes will move on to the final round of judging. Our esteemed panel of pet-expert judges featuring our editorial staff and past D Best winners will weigh in. Pets will be judged on the photo received, level of cuteness, and creativity of the bio submitted. The panel will not know the “Readers’ Choice” winner in advance of the judging session. The top 20 pets will receive complimentary faux D covers. The winners will receive a professional photo shoot with a D Magazine photographer, a full page in the September issue of D Magazine featuring an image from the photo shoot, and an Instagram post on D Magazine’s Instagram, broadcast to more than 183,000 followers.

Bentley

Morkie | 12 Years

Bentley may be a teenager, but he still has plenty of spunk. His favorite hobby is hiding toys under pillows, then spending hours digging them out.

Biggie

Bernedoodle | 4 Months

Biggie is always hungry and is slowly mastering commands like sit, stay, and shake in exchange for treats.

Brooklyn

Pomeranian | 8 Years

It’s Brooklyn’s second year in the Top 20. Last year, her owner shared this enjoyable tidbit: “Brooklyn is a carnivore. She likes meat. All kinds of meat. She does not discriminate.”

Chini

Siamese | 11 Years

Chini’s name means ‘sugar’ in Urdu, and she’s as sweet as her name, her owners tell us.

Cooper

American Cocker Spaniel | 2 Years

Cooper is excellent at making friends and is happiest when playing with other dogs in his neighborhood.

Donut

Beagle | 12 Years

Donut loves accompanying his owner to bars in Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville, and downtown.

Fenway

Goldendoodle | 2 Years

Though he’s named after Boston’s Fenway Park, Fenway is learning to love Dallas teams, too. His owner says he likes to watch Luka Doncic dribble.

George

Welsh Terrier | 5 Years

George is a prize-winning pup who spent years traveling the country to compete in shows. In 2017, he won Welsh Terrier Best of Winners at the Montgomery County Kennel Club, which his owner says is considered “the Terrier Superbowl.”

Henri

Coton de Tulear | 11 Years

After getting groomed, Henri is always eager to show off with a walk around the block.

Luka

Golden Retriever | 2 Years

Luka and his owner host regular meet-ups for golden retrievers across the city.

Mila

Domestic Medium Hair | 4 Years

Mila’s owner says that she could be a model; she always poses for the camera.

Mimi

Domestic Medium Hair | 4 Years

Mimi’s favorite toy is a flamingo on a stick, and she loves to play fetch.

Ozzie

Yorkie, Chihuahua, and Poodle Mix | 4 Years

“Ozzie is a wild boy,” his owner told us. “He was rescued from one of the scariest places on Earth–Craigslist.”

Penelope

Goldendoodle | 10 Months

Penelope never misses a chance to stick her head out a car window to enjoy the breeze.

Quill

Catahoula Leopard Dog | 2 Years

Quill is an outdoorsy dog who loves to visit Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.

Rascal

Tabby | 6 Months

“This tabby didn’t let facial reconstruction surgery stop him from living his best life,” says Rascal’s owner of the affectionate and attention-loving kitten.

Sirius

Saluki | 1 Year

Sirius is “fluffy chaos with a mischievous streak, much like his namesake,” explains his owner.

Snow

Siberian Husky | 10 Years

Snow is a friendly pup who loves to socialize and walk on the Trinity Skyline Trail.

Wedo

Bichon Frise | 1 Year

Wedo’s best friend is his sister, a miniature Dachsund named Winnie.

Willow

Chihuahua and Cairn Terrier Mix | 7 Years

Willow was rescued from the streets of West Dallas during a thunderstorm. She’s a sassy dog who’s mastered side-eye. Her owner says if she were an emoji, she would be this: 😒.

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