ST. LOUIS —  We received almost 1,200 entries in our 11th annual cutest pet contest, presented this year by Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa.

Now, the Post-Dispatch staff has the unenviable task (and/or the best job in the world) of somehow picking our favorites from these adorable finalists. 

Readers finished voting last week. Those picks are still a secret, but (hint, hint)  we included those winners somewhere in this collection, too. 

The winners of mew-found fame and pup-ularity — not to mention some great prizes —  will be announced next week.