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Dex The Halls 2018 Dog Photo Contest Winners

You came, you saw, you shared dog photos representing Christmas, Hanukkah, winter, and the holidays. In fact, we received almost 250 photos this year in the annual Dex the Halls 2018 Dog Photo Contest. All of the dogs are the winners, and our panel of three independent judges had a hard time narrowing it down to just 10.

Alas, we just received the winners from our judges and we are listing them below. Your prizes will not be sent until after the holidays, so you can start your new year with a fab prize! Also, special thanks to our fantastic sponsors, listed below. Be sure to visit their websites and check out the lineup of products they have for dogs and dog lovers of the highest order.

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Without further ado, here are your 2018 Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest winners and their prizes:

Winners and Prizes

Every good dog wants Santa to do nothing more than snuggle them and have them curl up in his beard. That’s what Nadine Widin captured in this beautiful photo. 

Dog with Santa Claus

FIRST PLACE WINNER GETS: A big box of goodness from Dr. Harvey’s: Dr. Harvey’s is the most transparent company we’ve ever encountered, and they genuinely treat their clients pets as they do their own. Their products include all natural foods, chemical free grooming essentials, nutritious treats and chews, and essential vitamins and supplements to keep your animal companions healthy and happy. Retail value $135.

Dr harvey basket dog photo contest


Santa, we see these cuties have an agenda. So of course, you must deliver. Rhonda Seals shares Gidget and Piper.

Dog photo contest Christmas


SECOND PLACE WINNER GETS: A prize pack from Zymox: Including Oratene® Toothpaste Gel, 1 ZYMOX Shampoo sample,1 ZYMOX Rinse sample. Oratene Toothpaste Gel is a clear gel form which provides maximum enzyme contact to inhibit harmful odor-causing bacteria and remove plaque biofilm.  Gentle formulation relieves, soothes, and protects mouth tissue against dryness.  ZYMOX® Conditioning Rinse produces a powerful protective barrier against minor skin inflammations and surface irritations due to bacterial and fungal microbes. The LP3 Enzyme System with Vitamin D3 provides optimal protection for the skin. The first line of defense against infectious microbes is the skin. ZYMOX®Shampoo provides an effective way to protect this natural barrier without being irritating or drying.

Zymox prize pack dog photo contest


We can’t get enough of this Christmas Carol photo featuring Gracy, Ramsey, Airec and Ethan Joe of Donna Dietz. 

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THIRD PLACE WINNER GETS: Easily Distracted By Dogs sweatshirt from the Fidose of Reality online store. Five colors from which to choose, many sizes, great warm sweatshirt that is unisex sized. $39.95 retail value.

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Someone took the Santa thing to an extreme and we can’t think of a cuter pooch than this. Submitted by Kathie Santillo. 

Santa dog in photo contest

FOURTH PLACE WINNER GETS: Cozy hoodie sweatshirt for dog lovers featuring a unique Unconditional Love of Dogs graphic design, created exclusively for Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them by Brooklyn artist MendyDraws. Hooded pullover Sweatshirt is 80% cotton/20% polyester. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X. $46 retail value.

dog lover sweatshirt

You can’t have Christmas without a manger scene, and that’s exactly what Sarah Wall submitted with these beautiful Cockers! 

dogs in manger

FIFTH PLACE WINNER GETS: Dog lovers book set: The brand new novel, Life on the Leash, by Victoria Schade. Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life…let’s just say she still has a lot to learn. Victoria has worked on Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl special for the past twelve years. Plus a bookmark, pin, and dog toy of the cover!

dog book

Submitted by Bonnie and Beth Abelew, these cuties are having a blast with their dreidel. Happy Hanukkah!

Dogs dreidels

SIXTH PLACE WINNER GETS: The Pet Business Marketing Almanac 2019: Laurren Darr and Ellen Zucker.  Pet Business Marketing Almanac 2019 is the ultimate marketing planning tool for pet businesses or businesses wanting to incorporate pet themes in their marketing. In its sixth edition of production, this go-to resource includes even more information.

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SEVENTH PLACE: My Heart Beats Dog Magnet and pin set, $7 value.

Margie May knows that Christmas is simply beautiful in this winning photo. 

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EIGHTH PLACE: My Heart Beats Dog Magnet and pin set, $7 value.

Dawn Winters, you made us hungry for gingerbread cookies. These are the cutest ones we’ve seen!

Dogs in Christmas photo contest



NINTH PLACE: My Heart Beats Dog Magnet and pin set, $7 value.

Sometimes, you just need to close your eyes and enjoy the falling snow. Submitted by Kayla Lussier.

dog in snow



TENTH PLACE: My Heart Beats Dog Magnet and pin set, $7 value.

These are some of the cutest snowdogs we’ve ever seen. Kimberly Uptain submitted this winning photo.

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My Heart Beats Dog


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.

Be sure to enter your dog in our monthly Dr. Harvey’s birthday club drawing for goodies of a $35 basket for your pooch! 

See all the holiday photo entries here: ==== > Dex the Halls 2018 Photo Contest Entries


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  1. Merry Christmas to all the winners of this contest. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to pick just ten. What beautiful dogs and selections. I so enjoyed submitting my dogs. Congratulations to all winners. A well deserved honor for each. Fabulous way to end the year. Merry Christmas one and all and to Fidose of Reality, thank you again for all you do for pets and their owners. We love you.

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