Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photos
May 8, 2013
Pets can be just like children -- yours are the cutest in the world.
People can't resist showing off pictures of their pets. So, in the spirit of spreading cuteness, we launched our first Baltimore's Cutest Pets Contest last month. We asked readers to send a photo of their dog, cat or other pet, and the response was overwhelming: more than 900 submissions in four days -- a record for our website.
We narrowed them down into a group of finalists, and asked a panel of three judges to score each pet from one to 10. Special thanks to our judges: Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA; Joy Freedman, dog behaviorist and obedience instructor and owner of 4 Paws Pets Services; Lynn Edwards, co-owner of Charm City Dogs.
There were no ties -- each of these pets was the clear winner in its category. The winners each receive a Baltimore Sun photo session, as well as a $50 gift certificate to local pet day care Pooches N Purrs.
Now, let's meet the winners of Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat and Cutest Other -- as well as our Reader Favorites.
-- By Kim Fernandez and Sam Sessa