So. Much. CUTE. We received over 1,200 entries in our
, presented by Kennelwood Pet Resorts. 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. 10th annual cutest pet contest
Readers finished voting last week. Those picks are still a secret, but — hint, hint — we included readers' choice winners somewhere in this collection, too.
The winners of mew-found fame and pup-ularity (plus some great prizes from Kennelwood and Portrait Your Pet) will be announced next week.
Earl the Pearl
- Alice Bretsnyder, St. Louis
If the shoe fits!
- Greg Witte, Dorsey, Ill.
- Pu Wei, Chesterfield
Oscar the Rug
- Andrea Veach, St. Louis
Ging in the Box!
"My darling Ginger (aka Ging) can entertain herself for hours jumping in and out of the box. Silly girl!"
- Melissa Mautner, O'Fallon, Ill.
Gunsmoke - jazzed!
"My sons brought a starving kitten home from the gun range...he never left."
- Scott Jett, Washington, Mo.
- Andrew Tessler, St. Louis
"Turning 1 is fun! Fiona's 1st birthday. She's a talkative, curious, energetic, and loving girl. Adopt don't shop!"
- Andrea Bruckerhoff, St. Louis
"Kyle is 10 years old. If he fits he sits."
- Melissa Helm, Wentzville
Schrodinger and his favorite pillow.
- Angie Aitkenhead, Maryland Heights
"Indy when he's happy. 10 yr. old male house cat ..."
- Frank Joyce, St. Louis
Buu Buu Daniels - Party Animal
"Buu Buu Daniels turned 1 this year and she loved celebrating!"
- Kimberly Daniels, East Alton
Versace's "Womanly Whiskers"
"Versace is a proud Italian lady with a very pretty mustache!"
- Sandy Walsh, Florissant
"You get the other side."
- Barbara Nelson, St. Louis
Tiny Tim Furbish
"Meet Tiny, a special needs rescue kitty! He has one eye due to illness, weak hips and a bent tail. He loves belly rubs, playing fetch and KISSES! Can't hold his licker!"
- Jennifer Frobish, Ballwin
Jackson - Boy with the Pearl Earring
"Jackson loves posing."
- Linda Becker, St. Louis
"Sweet dreams ... Simon and Izzabella have been inseparable from the day we rescued him. He is truly her best friend."
- Ashley Savarino, St. Louis
"My purtty girl ..."
- Sherri Hilmes, Collinsville
"Did you say ... TUNA?! Ellie Mae, Bear's sidekick on our personal blog, Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat. Found on the street as a stray, she adds so much comic relief and love to our home."
- Katherine Kern, St. Louis
Spice - Hello, whatcha doing?
"Spice is asking for attention while I work."
- Kathleen Mitchell, St. Louis
- Randall McKillip, St. Charles
"This is my little girl. She is a cutie with a sassy personality."
- Ashley Schrand, Belleville
- Tammy Daum, Arnold
- Kimberly Schuetz, Overland
Inara the Poser
"Our little baby girl just being her cute, sweet self with paws crossed - who wouldn't love that cute face!"
- Amy Littleton, Arnold
Miss Bella Rose
"It's snow secret I'm the cutest of them all! Miss Bella Rose is a one year old beagle."
- Alida Hindman, St. Louis
Hank Moody Bond
"My sweetest rescued boy!! We love him so much!!!"
- Jodi Glassman, Richmond Heights
"Rosie's 17th Birthday Celebration"
- Maureen McCarthy, St. Louis
"Olive is a 2 year old goldendoodle who loves to get dressed up and have photo shoots!"
- Chris Nicolay, Bridgeton
Rocco - The Dog Days of Summer
"Rocco just lounging in the park trying to soak up the sun and be a good boy like he is every day."
"Greg is my rescue dog who was found as a stray at 4 months old. When he was neutered we were informed that he has hemophilia - which is a blood clotting disorder that requires plasma if he injures himself. He is a sweet and gentle soul at only 10 months old now. He would thoroughly enjoy this kind of pampering from kennelwood!"
- Chris Nicolay, Bridgeton
"Hi my name is Musial I am named after Stan the Man. Notice I have my cardinals Jersey on. I wuv cardinals baseball (seriously I watch it on TV) I wuv playing with my baseball. I can catch it, sometimes I fetch and run around the yard my parents call it running the bases."
- Karen Weeke, O'Fallon, Mo.
- Steve Harrison, Kirkwood
- Stephanie Lagermann, Florissant
"Apollo is a 2 year old American Bulldog. He is a rescue pup we have had since February 2018. He was an owner surrender in East St. Louis, because he was a 'bad' guard dog! Apollo came to us with heart worms and some cracked teeth (from chewing on his tow chain before he was surrendered.) Apollo is officially heartworm free now and recovering from oral surgery to extract 4 teeth. He is such a love bug and the sweetest big headed bulldog around. Honestly, he saved us."
- Catherine Wilke, St. Louis
"Dolly is it rescue, from Hope animal rescues in Godfrey Illinois, she has in her forever home with two other rescue sisters, she's a clown and makes me laugh every day."
- Mary Delano, Godfrey
Brock - Toes in the water
"Brock is a 7 month Golden Retrievers. He loves water!!!"
- Mike R. Oehmke, O'Fallon, Mo.
"Great Dane, 2"
- Pamela Edson, O'Fallon, Mo.
- Eileen Heidenheimer, Clayton
"The happiest guy you will ever meet! His goofy personality is even bigger than the smile that never leaves his face. Thanks to Mac's Mission in Jackson, MO who rescued him at 4 days old we are beyond lucky to be owned by him!"
- Judy Gaertner, Barnhart
"3.2 Pounds of Precious Puppy!"
- Tafra Perryman, Belleville
Zena (The Wonder Dog)
"We adopted Zena from Serendipity German Shepherd Rescue, three years ago. She was found loose on the streets and in need of medical care. After being cared for by SGSR, she became our fur baby. Zena has a scar on her leg from her early days but now she has the good life and lots of frisbees."
- Susan Suardi, Crestwood
"My name is Oliver! My friends call me Ollie. I am a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and I love long walks around the neighborhood, snuggling with my kitty cat sister and learning new tricks! My newest trick is rollover and speak! I'm sure you'll catch me hanging out with my mom on a patio around St. Louis! Don't be afraid to come say hi, I love giving kisses and my mom says my face is the most squishy, kissable face around!"
- Sara Gregor, Chesterfield
"Charlie Is always ready to play!"
- Cheri Phillips, St. Louis
Maggie - 'Did someone say "steak"?'
"Maggie is a rescue from St. Louis Humane Society. At age 2 1/2 she was hit by a van and survived. She has performed in various theater shows and this last year was inducted into thespian troupe 1534 in Edwardsville as an honorary thespian. She is very sweet and loving companion who loves people."
- Berta Goeckner, Edwardsville
- Katie Hammann, St. Charles
"This is our handsome boy boxer Yogi. He's 8 months old."
- Cindy Mathews, St. Charles
"1 year 3 month old Great Dane rescue."
- Mary Fischer, St. Louis
"Annie G was adopted from a shelter in northern Illinois. They rescued her from a kill-shelter in Tennessee along with her two brothers. Unfortunately, her brothers did not make it due to parvo but thankfully Annie never got it. She has been a spoiled little princess ever since she came to her fur-ever home and has blessed her family with more love than they could ever imagine!"
- Rebecca Grandidier, Mount Olive
"English Cream Golden Retriever - 3 months old"
- Tom Glaser, Ballwin
- Stephanie Rauch, Winfield, Mo.
Poppy the Mini Plush Lop Princess
"Poppy is a 4 month old, Mini Plush Lop rabbit. She's a 3 lb ball of cuteness and fluff!"
- Stephanie Efthim, St. Louis
NIJA Albino ferret
"Mmmm mmmmm good"
Sarah Cervenka, Cedar Hill
Delilah in her PJs!
"Delilah is a sweet Pygmy goat who loves to be held like a baby! She was all tuckered our after playing with her dog brothers and needed a nap!"
- Anna Odorizzi, Fairmont City
"Albino Leopard Gecko"
- Kelly Bruns, Ballwin
"My oldest daughter introducing her baby brother to her horse."
- Lori Schuster, St. Louis
- Julie Phoenix, St. Louis