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Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest Winners 2017

Fa la la and bow wow wow. The Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2017 received the most entries ever to date, and we’ve been hosting this contest for many years. Thanks to every dog mom and dog dad for entering your dogs into the photo contest. Each of your dog is deserving of a treat, tummy rub, and a round of a-paws for being such good sports. There’s a lot of love in the world for dogs, and your photos showed that!

Note: The rules stated, “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.”  All photos sent were posted but several were disqualified for not adhering to this.

You can view all the Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest Entries here.

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Who Won?

Our panel of three independent judges (and I am not one of them), narrowed it down, and here are the 14 winners along with their prizes from our fabulous sponsors!

We will have many more contests, giveaways, and of course, the very latest and greatest in the dog health and wellness world sprinkled with humor for good measure.

The Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2017 Winners Are:

Grand Prize of a $500 Lucy Francis Miniature Original: 

 Lexie, Gabby, Izzy Lee and Stella Rose submitted by Dawn Gelhausen

Christmas Dog Photo Contest Winner

Winner of a Custom Coat Made by De: 

Peppermint Patty and Sally submitted by Dawn Winters

Dog snowmen

Winner of a $100 French Dog Shopping Spree: 

Crash, Bam, Boom submitted by Kathy Derham

Dogs sleeping Christmas

Winner of a $75 Tulane’s Closet Prize Pack: 

Lilly and Dobby submitted by Lindsay Frampton

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Winner of a Custom Sign from Hot N Holdin’ Woodworking:

Ratchet & Sprocket submitted by Jenn Grenier

dogs with antlers

Winner of a $50 Shopping Spree from Only Natural Pet:

Cody (L) with Naughty Maggie Mae (R) submitted by Diane Cook

Dog Christmas winners

Winner of a $50 Shopping Spree from Only Natural Pet

Daisy & Walter submitted by Leslie Gauthier

Dogs on sled

Winner of a $50 Shopping Spree from Only Natural Pet

Dog(s) name: Charles (yellow lab), Gunner (chocolate lab), Henry (red Dachshund) and Oliver (black Dachshund) by Brittany Benbrook

Christmas contest dog winners


Winner of a $50 Prize Pack from Einstein Pets:

Luke Logan Wade submitted by Allison Wade

Santa Dog

Winner of a $25 Prize Pack from Einstein Pets:

Cali submitted by Angi Holmes

Dog Christmas

Winner of a $10 Prize Pack from Einstein Pets:

Phoenix and Gryphon submitted by Bonnie and Beth Abelew

Dog Christmas contest

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

Shaker, Martini, Salt, and Margarita submitted by Sheila and Eric Nichols

Cute Christmas dogs

Winner of A My Heart Beats Dog Magnet and pin set, $7 value.

 Frank, waiting for Santa by the tree, submitted by Tracy Uttke

Christmas smiling dog

Winner of A My Heart Beats Dog Magnet and pin set, $7 value.

Henry submitted by Jennifer Wyman

Christmas winner

Thanks to ours sponsors as listed below:


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.

Merry Christmas!!!!! Happy New Year!! Happy Hanukkah!!! Happy Kwanzaa!






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  1. All the pics are cute, but it seems like the same people always win! I usually enter every contest they have and some pics for creativity are way better than others. Don’t get me wrong every animal is absolutely adorable, I just wish ever pic is considered in the contests!

    1. The same people do not always win, and we are sorry you feel that way. We had almost 400 entries and we rotate our judges each time. The criteria for the pictures is listed and our judges spend hours deciding on their favorites that meet the criteria. Thanks for entering.

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