After two weeks of voting, the field in our Survival of the Cutest tournament has been winnowed to the strongest eight competitors.
In what might be the most highly anticipated match-up of the contest so far, London the bulldog who sleeps 22 hours a day is facing Nemo the three-legged beagle. Both of these pets utterly dominated their competition in the first two rounds, but now their supporters will have to outvote each other (voting every day through Friday) if they hope to get their favorite to the Furry 4.
Check out all of the Adorable 8 match-ups and cast your ballot here.
Today’s your last chance to vote in the second round of our Survival of the Cutest tournament. The winners will advance to the Adorable 8 and be one step closer to being declared the cutest dog in Dallas (and making an appearance in D Magazine.)
Most of this week’s contests remain close. The contestants in one match-up are separated by only 18 votes. Another set is right now being decided by only seven votes. So your ballot could very well make the difference.
Because it never gets old looking at the precious faces of cute dogs, here’s another round of furry D family members. We’re on the second level of the Survival of the CutestÂ dog contest, and your vote matters. Who will win this round? Cleo, the fluffy pomeranian, or London, the wrinkly English bulldog?Â It’s a tough decision. In the meantime, jump to see some sweet D doggies. (more…)
This contest has provided us with a sample of what life must be like for Dallas area dog owners, and I’m still mining that data for insight into the latest trends. I’ve already noted the overwhelming number of bulldog entries we received, and I was even more interested in observing the most common names among these pets.
No. 1 on our list – constituting 14 of the 605 entries to our contest – was Charlie (or Charley and other variant spellings). Second in the rankings was Bella (popular because of the Twilight series?) Coco and Cooper were also well-represented.
But I enjoyed reading some of the more unusual names as well. Like these…
Apparently, D Magazine employees love their dogs. Tremendously. When I called for photos of fellow staffers’ beloved dogs, they poured in by the dozens within the first hour. So, in further celebration of ourÂ Survival of the CutestÂ dog contest, I bring to you more Dogs of D. Check them out and then go voteÂ for the cutest pooch in DFW.
After the first round of our Survival of the Cutest tournament concluded on Friday, we were left with our Sweet 16. Some of last week’s matches were extremely close. (Freddy beat Todd by only a few dozen votes.) Other competitors dominated their opponents. (Looking at you, Hamilton and Nemo).
But this new week brings a whole new set of match-ups. Juno and Cohen, after scoring big wins in the Round of 32, now must contend with one another. And after each earned narrow wins, Freddy and Bear will face off.
Only your votes will determine who gets to the next round. Remember that you can cast a ballot daily. So do it.
We’ve reached the final day of voting in the round of 32 of our Survival of the Cutest tournament. You can help us decide which adorable dogs advance to the Sweet 16, so long as you cast your ballot by midnight tonight. The next round starts Monday.
When we asked for nominations to take part in this contest, we allowed owners to submit videos. Above is one of the many that we received. It features Tommy the Italian greyhound, from Allen, trying to bury a bone in his couch.
For more videos from cute dogs who didn’t quite make our cut this year, take the jump.
And I’m not talking about the guys that hit on us over by the copy machine. (Just kidding. We don’t have any of those.) I’m talking about the beloved mutts of D Magazine staffers. The furry love bugs that we employees return home to each night. In celebration of our ongoing Survival of the Cutest dog contest–but actually because we weren’t allowed to enter–I present to you The Dogs of D: Round 1. Jump for photos. And don’t forget to cast your vote for the cutest pooches in North Texas.
It was a difficult task, narrowing the hundreds of dogs nominated to participate in our Survival of the Cutest tournament (remember, you can vote once a day for your favorites) down to just 32 competitors.
I learned a lot about dog owners by looking through the thousands of photographs that we received for consideration.
1) A lot of people love to dress up their dogs, especially in tuxedos for some reason.
2) A lot of people like to refer to their dogs as their “children.”
3) A lot of people in Dallas have bulldogs. Or, at the least, a lot of people in Dallas inclined to enter their dogs in a cutest pet competition have bulldogs.
Of the 605 dogs entered, 53 of them were bulldogs. And when it comes to bulldogs, the people of North Texas are still subjects of the yoke of colonialism. Only six of those 53 bulldogs are American. Twenty-four of them are English, and 23 are French. (Two bulldogs made the tournament field: London and Topaz.)
The other most popular breeds, with the number ofÂ Survival of the Cutest entries received for each: (more…)
Above is a video of Ghost, a Siberian Husky puppy from Fort Worth. He didn’t quite make the cut to compete in our 32-dog Survival of the Cutest tournamentÂ (please remember to vote daily for your favorites), but his is one of the many entries that deserves an honorable mention.
Scroll through photos and videos of all our contestants here.
Don’t let that incessant Bangles’ song get stuck in your head today (even though I secretly kind of like it). Instead, you can focus your positive energy on these manic Monday night offerings.
Tonight is the last chance for Shakespeare Dallas’ The Winter’s Tale in the cozy atmosphere of the Winspear’s Hamon Hall. This staged reading is latest in an ambitious plan to present all of the Bard’s works over a five-year span, and it includes oddly fantastical elements like clowns, bears, and babies (oh, my). Another perk of this show is the pay-what-you-can offer at the door tonight, which is always a nice touch.
But if you’re thinking your brain will be too fried by the end of the day to take in Shakespearean dialogue, there’s a new exhibit at Craighead Green that might peak your interest. It features photographer Kendra North, painter Krista Harris, and sculptor Kevin Box in a showcase of fluid, abstract, and versatile works. I’m especially intrigued by Box’s sculptures, which paradoxically show the delicacy of paper through the toughness of metal.
It’s time to begin our Survival of the Cutest tournament, during which your votes will determine which of our 32 competitors is the most adorable dog in Dallas.
Cast a ballot up to once a day. The Round of 32 runs through Friday.
You may remember that back in October we asked you to nominate dogs to compete in our cutest pets competition. We received hundreds upon hundreds of entries, and our editors sorted through thousands upon thousands of photos and videos of canines to help determine the 32 contestants in our tournament, which kicks off Monday.
Each dog will go head-to-head against another in an effort to win your votes. You’ll be able to vote once a day for all of your favorites in each matchup. The dogs that receive more votes than their rivals by the end of the first week will advance to the next round. Only one of these pets will be crowned the champion of cuteness and will appear in the pages of D Magazine.
Just come back to our site on Monday to see all the adorable photos and cast your ballot.
In the meanwhile, I’ll periodically be presenting on FrontBurner a few of the dogs that didn’t quite make the cut but whose entries deserve an honorable mention. Above you see Noodles, a 2-year-oldÂ Pembroke Welsh Corgi from Denton.
Email from Medical City Dallas:
“Beth Evans is delivering her son, Palmer Chad Evans, today. She was due on December 13, but asked her obstetrician to deliver on Dec. 12, to enjoy the good luck of the day and connection with their favorite team, the Aggies. The whole family is made up of passionate Aggies, and they are excited to welcome their ‘twelfth man’ on 12-12-12. They have all dressed in Aggie shirts for the occasion, including the new baby’s two sisters.”
This is….disturbing? Passionate? Ludicrous? Exciting? I don’t know I’m so confused someone please help me. Follow-up:
“Beth is in labor right now. We anticipate Palmer being ready for video and still photography at 4 p.m.. The Evans family has agreed to a short media availability at that time.”
The last time we saw Sid, he was dropping out of Navy flight school, getting his marriage proposal rejected, and killing himself in a motel room. If that’s a spoiler for you, sorry; the movie’s 30 years old.
Since then, Sid (actor David Keith) has spent his time in more than 100 titles, but his latest role is “actor/activist who came to Dallas today to talk about dog DNA, specifically Poo Prints, which, yes, is a real thing.”
Krista wrote about Poo Prints Dallas back in our October issue, but the basic gist is this, in her words:
“When a resident with a pet signs a lease, the dog’s cheek is swabbed. This sample is sent to the BioPet Vet Lab in Tennessee, which extracts the dog’s DNA and keeps it on file. When a waste sample is found [ed: in a public place, lawn, etc.], Welch puts it in a container with enzymes, shakes until it’s the consistency of a “milkshake slurry,” and sends it to the lab. Within five days, the DNA is analyzed, and, with 99.9 percent certainty, the culprit is identified.”
Dog DNA has become Keith’s pet project, travelling the country to extoll its virtues, which include genetic disease research, veterinary medicine advances, and the closure of puppy mills. It’s a leap from using DNA to identify jackasses who don’t pick up their dog’s crap, but Keith seems comfortable with it.
“DNAÂ is the silver bullet that protects humans – and the animals that protect us – from the impurities in life,” he said to council members, not at all sounding like late-night television huckster.
Councilwoman Delia Jasso urged Keith and Poo Prints Dallas head Cedric Moses to speak with Dallas-based animal rights groups, effectively saying “Please leave and talk about dog poop to someone else.”