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And the Winner is……..

Monday, October 25th, 2010

After calculating all of the votes we have reached our winner ………

Our one and only chef….. Wendy!

Wendy our Howl-O-Ween Contest Winner

Wendy our Howl-O-Ween Contest Winner

Congratulations to Wendy!  She will receive a gift bag filled with goodies as well as a 5-day daycare pass!

Wendy will now be entered to compete in the National Dogtopia Contest.  Once voting begins make sure to vote for her here!

Time to vote in the 2010 Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

*** We are tallying the votes now and will announce a winner shortly! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! ***

We are treated to smiles every year during our Annual Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest and this year was no exception!

Please vote via the comments section with the name of your favorite pup. We will accept one vote per IP address. Please note all comments on the blog are reviewed before posting, so your vote will not appear automatically.

Our top vote-getter will win a 5-day daycare pass (valued at $160) and a gift bag of goodies.  He or She will also go on to compete in the Grand Championship Round against the winners from 21 other Dogtopia locations with a top prize of a 20-day daycare pass up for grabs.

Voting remains open through Sunday, October 24th. Our winner will be announced Monday.

Thank you to ALL of the participants and good luck!!

Wendy never had to bake her own treats before the financial crisis

Wendy never had to bake her own treats before the financial crisis

Sofie's a Rockstar

Sofie's a Rockstar

Saudade (pronounced Sow Dah Gee) the regal Lion

Saudade (pronounced Sow Dah Gee) the regal Lion

Lucy is a pretty pink Ballerina

Lucy is a pretty pink Ballerina

3-3? Leno will take it

3-3? Leno will take it

Josie couldn't shake the feeling something had followed her home from the beach

Josie couldn't shake the feeling something had followed her home from the beach

Haley the precious Pumpkin

Haley the precious Pumpkin

Bodi-ana Jones... complete with whip action!

Bodi-ana Jones... complete with whip action!

Bazco is... fuzzy :)

Bazco is... fuzzy :)

Harry is Harry Potter

Harry is Harry Potter

Princess Lili

Princess Lili

Riley wrapped himself as a gift for his daycare girlfriend Sandy

Riley wrapped himself as a gift for his daycare girlfriend Sandy

Fang is Yoda

Fang is Yoda

All Hail Layla!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

We received dozens of entries to our “King or Queen for a Day Contest” – an awesome response! We were so thrilled to read how much you loved your dogs and what made them special to you!

After careful consideration, a seven month old Beagle Mix named Layla was chosen as our Queen for the Day! She will be treated to a day of play with her loyal furry subjects and a trip to the royal spa for pampering, followed by a str0ll around the boutique to select the best doggie amusements. Read Layla’s tale below.

Queen Layla

Layla’s royal canine court includes Wendy the Puggle as Court Jester, who always keeps us smiling and Skylar the Boston Terrier as our Duchess of Ashburn! Doesn’t she just look regal??

Wendy’s Entry
Skylar’s Resume for Queen

Wendy Court JesterSkylar Duchess of Ashburn

Thank you again for the wonderful entries. It’s clear that every Dogtopia dog is lucky to have such loving parents and they are all royal in their own rights!

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Queen Layla’s “Tail” as told by her Mom Christine

Layla should be queen of Dogtopia for a day. She is a seven month old beagle mix, she has a sparkle in her eyes and a smile on her face. She wasnt always such a happy girl. Layla had a rough start to life. Her first owner gave Layla and her brother to a kill shelter in rural Virginia. Her brother had parvo but Layla luckily was able to avert any sickness from her first home. From her shelter she moved to a foster home with a rescue group in rural Virginia. After they had had Layla for three months, they could no longer care for her and moved her up to a rescue group in Northern Virginia, into yet another foster home.

When I went to meet the dogs at the adoption day, Layla and her brother caught my eye. After spending time with Layla and her brother, I knew there was something special. I found out that her brother was adopted that day and Layla was going to be all alone. That’s when I decided she was the one for me. I took her home two weeks later and it was a hard adjustment. She was shy with me, scared of dogs and scared of any strangers. It took weeks of socialization and getting her into a routine for her to come out of her shell. Now she LOVES playing with dogs at the dog park and saying hello to people on her walks. I think she has finally realized that she has a home for good and all she has to do is be one good puppy! I couldn’t imagine having any other dog. She is smart, playful and has the best little freckles on her snout :) Her story of being rehomed and rehomed has a happy ending and Layla isn’t going anywhere. She may have had been in 5 new places with new people in the first 6 months of her life but she now has one true forever home.

Layla deserves to be queen as she is the rags to riches story.

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And we couldn’t agree more. All Hail Queen Layla! :)

National Dog Day King or Queen Contest!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

We were very excited to see the number of participants that entered their special pup’s into the Dogtopia King or Queen for a day contest! Every email has been fantastic and must admit we have been a bit overwhelmed. We have received dozens of entries and all of them could be great choices.

Initially we’d plan to announce our winner right now and give them a whirlwind day of pampering tomorrow, but we’re still reading through the great nominations! We here at Dogtopia offer our sincerest apologies that we will have to announce on Monday morning and we will then arrange the right day with the winner for their “crowning” and pampering.

As  always, we have the best clients in the entire world and it’s been so nice to read these stories and learn even more about your great dogs!

Go Arlene!!

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Arlene Reigns Supreme

Arlene Reigns Supreme

This year’s Mutt Madness competition was the fiercest we’ve seen! Adorable pups trotted out their best gear from Notre Dame to Kentucky to Maryland. All of the entries were awesome (awesomely cute) but in the end their can be only one victor.

Over 1,200 votes were submitted and this year’s Mutt Madness crown belongs the DEFINITIVE Georgia Bulldog – Miss Arlene!

Her championship comes with a 5-Day Pass for daycare and a goodie bag of toys and treats – not to mention bragging rights for the entire year!

Congrats Arlene!

It’s the Mutt Madness FINALS!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

*** Our Grand Champion will be announced shortly!! ***

It’s come down to this.

The young upstart Arlene has a front runner since the very beginning. That  Georgia bulldog puppy face is tough to beat! But Peyton stands ready for the challenge. His Blue Devils are still alive and well in the tourney and Peyton intends to continue the winning tradition.

So it’s Arlene versus Peyton.

Pick your favorite by leaving their name in the comments section.

May the best pup win!!

Arlene is a Georgia Bulldog

Arlene is a Georgia Bulldog

Peyton loves Duke

Peyton loves Duke

Round 3 Voting Begins!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

*** Who will come out on top? We’re counting the votes right now!! ***

In round two there were some close calls and all the pups put in great effort, but  Arlene, Samantha, Loki, and Peyton came out on top and will be joining us in round three as our final four competitors.

Vote for your favorite via the comments section by writing in the Match-Up # and the name of your Top Dog!

Match-Up #1- Arlene versus Samantha

Match-Up #2- Loki versus Peyton

Voting  will remain open until Tuesday night with our Final Championship round beginning Wednesday.

arlenevs.samanthalokivs.peyton

Round 2 Voting Begins!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

*** Voting is now CLOSED. We’ll tally it all up and announce our final two Monday! ***

Our first round was heavily contested, with over 270 votes cast! In the end we have our four-legged Second Rounders.

Vote for your favorite via the comments section by writing in the Match-Up # and the name of your Top Dog!

Match-Up # 1 – Maddie and her Dad versus Samantha
Match-Up #2 – Maya and Apollo versus Loki – Fightin’ Irish fans go paw-to-paw!
Match-Up #3 – Coco versus Arlene
Match-Up #4 – Peyton versus Lambeau – Lambeau sets out to reap Terps revenge on the Blue Devils!

Voting will remain open until Sunday night with our Championship Round beginning Monday!

Maddie versus SamanthaMaya and Apollo vs LokiArlene versus CocoPeyton versus Lambeau

Round 2 voting begins tomorrow!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Congrats to Peyton, Lambeau, Maya and Apollo, Loki, Coco and Arlene on winning their First Round match-ups! The highest vote-getter who did not win their match-up will also be making it to the next round… and that’s… Maddie and her Dad!!

Round 2 voting begins tomorrow, so be sure to check back!

Tip-off of Mutt Madness is here!!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

*** We’re tallying the votes as we speak (bark) and will announce the second round shortly! ***

Round 1 of our annual Mutt Madness competition has begun! Vote for your favorites via the comments section below by writing in the Match-Up number and the dogs you choose. Each row represents a “Match-Up”:

Match-Up #1 is Sophie vs Peyton
Match-Up #2 is Maya and Apollo vs Maddie and her Dad
Match-Up #3 is Loki vs Leo
Match-Up #4 is Coco vs Brenna
Match-Up # 5 is Lambeau vs Sophie S
Match-Up #6 is Arlene vs Bodhi

Be sure to click on the picture to see the FULL SIZE image. It’s worth the click. :)

Remember, our proud pups are competing for a 5-Day Daycare pass and a basket chalk full of goodies.

Voting remains open until 7pm Wednesday and one vote per email address will be accepted. The winner of each Match-up moves on to the second round, so be sure to pass it along to family, friend, co-workers and anyone else you need to in support of your favorite!

Good Luck to all our great pups !!!

** Mutt Madness update **

Poor Samantha sent in her best Wildcat impression prior to the competition and was accidentally left out when voting began! As voting has already begun and the match-ups are set – we’ll see her in the next round.

Samantha's a Wildcat!

Samantha's a Wildcat!

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