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Dex the Halls 2017 Dog Holiday Photo Contest

Happy Holidays! It’s time for the annual Fidose of Reality Dex the Halls Dog Holiday Photo Contest! We have over $1,000 in prizes up for grabs!!!

Here’s the scoop, how to enter, and where to send your photos PLUS check out all the prizes in Santa Fidose’s Bag below!

Dex the Halls 7th Annual Dog Holiday Photo Contest CLOSED

Dog Christmas Photo Contest

How Many Winners? 12 winners and 2 honorable mention prizes. Keep reading!

Deadline to submit entries is 12/22/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two entries per person. Entries must include a dog and you agree to ownership of the photo. All photos will appear on the blog (and other social media) and by entering, you give Fidose of Reality permission to use the photo on the blog and for other purposes now and in the future. Photos proven not to be that of the entrant will be disqualified. By entering, you agree to ownership of the photo.

Please don’t put Fido in harm’s way or make him or her uncomfortable. Yours truly will recuse herself from the judging panel. No photoshopping allowed – any image alteration entries will be disqualified. You can have a watermark on the photo but anything else will result in a disqualification.

dog holiday photo contest

Can my friends and family play? Sure! The more the merrier. We love to see tails wagging here at Fidose of Reality, so spread the word and make your voice heard. No more than two (2) entries per person.

What Kind of Photos Should You Enter? Enter images which exemplify the spirit of the holidays that occur between now and the end of the year (examples: Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Santa and Me, snowy days, Thanksgiving, etc).

What If I Win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread no later than December 23, 2017. Winners must provide name and mailing address so the prizes can be shipped to you by Fidose and our sponsors. Failure to reply within 5 business days of being emailed results in forfeiture of prizes and another winner will be selected. Prizes will be sent after Christmas.

Can I Appear In the Photo With My Dog? Other than Santa, it is preferred for humans not to appear in the photos.

What Are We Judged On? 50% adhering to contest theme, 25% clarity and following rules, 25% originality/catching the judges eye.

Where Can I View the Entrants? All entrants will be posted to the Fidose of Reality Facebook Dex the Halls Photo Contest for the 2017 Dog Holiday Photo Contest.

Must be 18 years of age or older; U.S. only, please.

Official Rules Here


How to Enter: Send no more than two dog photos to PREVIOUS EMAIL GIVEN with the subject line DEX THE HALLS. Include the images along with your name, dog(s) name, and your city/state/province. Entries without this information will be disqualified.

All entrants will receive a confirmation email within 48-72 hours of sending their photo to Fidose of Reality.


What Are the Prizes?

From Lucy Francis Maloney Miniatures

A $500 value to the grand prize winner from Lucy Francis Maloney, who is a genius in creating miniature dog sculptures. With the help of German glass eyes as well as fine alpaca, cashmere, silk, and wool, she brings miniature pets to life. She knows the miniature is complete when she sees the distinct spark of life in the replica’s eye. I know because Lucy has sculpted both of my Cocker Spaniels, and her work is breathtaking. She will work with you in creating a treasured piece of art you will cherish of your dog. The miniature dogs are soft with some flexibility – never breaking and happy to get in any pose. Lucy’s unusual technique, acquired over many years, allows her to offer to you a reality in a miniature sculpture you will find hard to believe. Her animals are soft sculptures not needle felted. She never use pastels or paint every piece is 100% natural fiber for fur and accents. Yes, a $500 value!!!!

Designer Dog Miniature

From Coats Made by De:

  A custom made dog coat, the Made by De Extreme Winter Dog Coat, any size with any added features (reflective strips, hood, snood, etc),  This is the EXTREME WINTER DOG COAT, made of  super tough diamond ripstop, four times as tough as my standard ripstop nylon. If you need rugged, this is the one! And it is lined with cozy, thick wind-pro fleece so it is super warm. Waterproof, tough, good looking and comfortable; perfect coat for the active dog or the couch potato. These custom dog coats are extra adjustable with Velcro closures at neck and girth, making them great for growing pups, dogs who don’t like things pulled over their heads, or if you don’t have exact measurements. The belly strap Velcros on both sides so the coat stays balanced in the middle.  And you can make this coat to truly fit the unique needs of your dog with reflective strips, a hood or snood, harness port or D ring (small or medium only for the D ring). Up to $135 value.

Winter coat made by De

 From The French Dog

A $100 shopping spree! The French Dog is passionate about designing collars, leashes & harnesses to fit every dog’s unique style. They carry carry preppy, nautical, plaid, tie dye and many other popular styles. Look around to find your favorite design! $100 value!

French Dog shop

 From Tulane’s Closet

A Cover Me by Tui Post-Surgical Pet Garment plus a Basket of Goodies for your Pup! The Cover Me by Tui is a pet onesie that is also a US Patent Product and gives the most comfort with quicker healing for your pet! Up to a $75 value. 

Dog holiday photo contest prize

Hot n’ Holdin Customizable Wooden Sign

Enjoy a beautiful 8 x 23 basswood custom sign, stained or painted in any color, courtesy Hot n’ Holdin. Please take a look at their other custom wood pieces also! Hot n’ Holdin does custom giant jenga, address signs, anniversary and wedding wood signs, Lineman gifts, Custom kid playhouse/clubhouse signs, and Dedication or baptism custom pieces and much more. Valued at $65.

custom wooden sign

Only Natural Pet Shopping Sprees: Three shopping sprees valued at $50 each: Three winners!

Only Natural Pet, Boulder & Aspen, Colorado USA – offers natural dog and cat products of the highest quality consistent with a holistic approach to pet health. We are long-time fans and users of many of the Only Natural Pet products. Three winners will each get a $50 shopping spree and you might want to choose:

Only Natural Pet Sweet Dreams Blue Peaks Dog Mat is hand sewn in the USA from upholstery grade fabric. Stuffed with hypoallergenic fill made from recycled plastic bottles, these beds are eco-friendly and super comfy.  You can also check out the new natural treats and all of the items at Only Natural Pet!

Only Natural Pet dog bed


 An Einstein Pets Prize Pack x 3 winners

Variety of prize packs up for grabs from Einstein Pets! Your dog will enjoy Low Calorie Dog Treats. Natural Organic Dog Treats infused with Chia Seed. Real Ingredients. Made in the USA.  These are the Santa’s Helper treats. Deliciously Festive. Every dog deserves a treat. What Matters Most! 100% Natural Ingredients.
Natural Oat Flour, Sweet Potatoes, All What Turkey, Cranberries, Honey, Cinnamon, Chia Seed. Prize packs are valued at $50, $25, and $10. 

Einstein pets treats for dogs



From the Fidose of Reality Online Dog Lovers Store

  My Heart Beats Dog pendant with Sterling Silver chain and Leather cord, $30 value.

My heart beats dog leather necklace

Two honorable mentions:  Two runners up receive a My Heart Beats Dog Magnet and pin set, $7 value.

Dog magnet and pin

Disclaimer: Some sponsors paid to be a part of this photo contest and others did not. We are spreading good cheer and happiness with dog lovers of the highest order.

How to Enter: Send no more than two dog photos to with the subject line DEX THE HALLS. Include the images along with your name, dog(s) name, and your city/state/province. Entries without this information will be disqualified.

Will you enter our photo contest and have some holiday fun with Fidose of Reality?

Note:  By entering, you agree to let Fidose of Reality add your name to our email list; we send 2-3 emails per month and never share emails.  We may share your photo on social media in conjunction with the contest. 

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      1. Yes, and the pictures were there at first but seem to be gone now. That’s OK. There are cuter ones, so she probably would not have won anyway. Thanks!

  1. Hi Carol. I sent in 2 pics (Daisy & Walter) on Tuesday, 12/5. Have you loaded the pics you have received since then? I saw the ones you loaded last night but do not see mine in there. Thx!

    1. That doesn’t make sense, Linda. I have close to 200 entries and folks are not having issues. The link is easy to access.

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