Thank you to all the proud pet owners who nominated their pets for the contest. Thousands of photos were submitted from all over the country and a portion of the proceeds went to support P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden, which provides care for homeless dogs and cats until they can be placed in permanent homes, and promotes the humane treatment of animals. Here are this year’s winners:

Darling Dog


NAME: Acadia
AGE: 2½ years
FROM: Freeport, Maine

A Bernese mountain dog, Wintergreen’s Experience Acadia is considered part of the family at L.L. Bean, Starbucks, and Bow Street Market. Acadia’s exuberance for life is visible in the look on his face in his winning photo. That smile, that enthusiasm, that love of life and Maine is what makes everyone want to “experience Acadia”!

Cutest Cat(s)


NAMES: Lola and Oliver
AGES: 3 years
FROM: Manchester, Vermont

Lola and Oliver were born and brought up in Vermont but travel to many places, including Pemaquid, where they roam around sniffing out all the lobsters and clams. They even have been to the lighthouse! They enjoy going out on the boat, as well as swimming and kayaking. And, of course, they never go anywhere without dressing for the occasion!

Adorable Other


NAME: Frodo
AGE: 8 months
FROM: Rochester, New Hampshire

Frodo is an 8-month-old adopted mini lop. He is curious, playful, loves to cuddle, kiss your face, and bring joy! Frodo’s mom grew up in Kittery and his dad attended the University of Maine. He loves to visit Maine and vacation at Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor!

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