Now That's Cute!

Announcing the winners of our 2008 Cutest Puppy Contest.

With the entrants' amazing personalities and adorable faces, choosing a winner and runners-up is never an easy task. This year proved to be as challenging as ever, but we managed to narrow the field to these top five. 


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First Place

Manhattan, 13 weeks
Mixed breed

Owner: Conway Liao, San Jose, Calif.

"What a wonderful rescue pup. We knew we had to have her after laying eyes on her on a rescue posting online. She is the sweetest, friendliest, smartest, and of course, cutest puppy alive — a perfect blend of German Shepherd Dog and Labrador Retriever. The above photo was taken right after her first bath, where she loved playing in the water and, of course, licking."

Manhattan will receive a one-year supply of Natural Choice dog food.

Second Place

Aspen Sky, 9 months
Siberian Husky

Owner: Erica Stedman, Lansdale, Pa.

"Aspen is a wish we made upon a star. Our life had darkened with sadness, and we wished to laugh and smile again. She made us smile at first sight, and has kept us laughing ever since. Not only is she the most precious little girl, it is the unconditional love that she shows us every day. No matter what obstacles life brings us, she brightens our days with her gentle kisses, playful energy, and cuddling."

Aspen Sky wins a six-month supply of Natural Choice dog food.

Third Place

Molly, 8 weeks
Mixed breed

Owner: Melissa Maiorino, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

"This is my Molly. She is 8 weeks old and as sweet as can be. She loves to cuddle, play, and just be near us. She is a ham and runs up to everyone, wanting to lick them. She loves other dogs and has no fear."

Molly gets a three-month supply of Natural Choice dog food. 

Honorable Mentions

Elliot II, 2 months
Labrador Retriever

Owner: Nancy Olds, Warren, Ohio

"Elliot II is a 2-month-old Labrador Retriever. All you have to do is stare into his eyes to know how special he is. Elliot is a Canine Companion for Independence puppy. He will be a service dog helping someone handicapped or disabled. But don't let those serious eyes fool you. He is still full of great puppy antics."

Zurich, 2 1/2 months
Bernese Mountain Dog

Owners: Bruce & Rosanne Beals, Sacramento, Calif.

"This is my Bernese Mountain Dog Zuri (short for Zurich). She was 2 1/2 months old at the time this was taken. She loves to go into the snow every weekend and frolic all day."

Elliot and Zurich will both receive a one-month supply of Natural Choice dog food.


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Regina   Philadelphia, PA

5/26/2009 3:06:48 PM

Congrats to all the winners both in 2008 & 2009 they are cute.

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Claire   azusa, CA

2/16/2009 2:52:12 PM

Those puppies are so cute!

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Ariahna   Statesville, NC

12/30/2008 10:07:02 AM

These dogs are sooo cute but I really think that my puppy is cuter and he should have won! Check him out on his profile! His name is Dante!

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Monterey   Universitycity, MO

11/21/2008 8:41:44 AM

They are sooooooooooooooooo cute. I want them too!

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