And the Grand Prize winner is...

three kittens in a sink
Mouse, Ziggy and Sophie

Congratulations to Robin Wilson of Hawley, Pennsylvania, whose photo of her sink kitties was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of our 2006 Pet Pals photo contest.

This was a VERY tough choice, as the judges liked so many of the finalists. But after polling AARP staff and discussing the different photos, we agreed that this was our winning photo. We loved the photo (three sleeping cats in a sink?!) as well as the story behind it. So again, our congratulations to Robin!

For those of you whose photos didn't appear here, our apologies! We received around 15,000 photos, and just couldn't post them all. However, we will be posting additional photos after the New Year, so be sure to visit regularly to see still more great pet photos!

Thanks again to all and happy holidays from the AARP Pet Pals Team!

Posted on Dec 21, 06 11:25 AM | Comments (95)

By a whisker...

four dogsIt's official...we have our LAST Weekly Winner: it's Simba, taken by Bob Garas of Clermont, Florida. The voting was extremely tight, but the judges had to give the nod to Simba for the incredible expression captured.

That said, just as we have in weeks past, we like to recognize your other clear favorites, and have awarded an Honorable Mention to Patsy Pratte for Jack Pratte the Bulldog and his Maltese cousins.

We'll be announcing the Grand Prize Winner later today and then we'll be taking a short holiday break until the New Year. After that, while the contest will be over, we're going to continue to post some of our favorite photos from the thousands we received.

Thanks to all who sent in photos, who voted, and who left comments! We couldn't have done it without you!

Posted on Dec 20, 06 08:14 AM | Comments (7)

Week 13 Poll

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Posted on Dec 15, 06 09:13 AM | Comments (16)

Four's company!

four dogsWe have our next Weekly Winners: it's Skippy and Logan (front row), Sutton and Roman (back row), taken by Chandra Pivo of Inglewood, California. In a close contest this week, her four happy dogs edged out the other contestants and wowed the judges.

Thanks to all who voted! If you missed any, be sure to check out all of our past weekly winners.

Just one more week left!

Posted on Dec 15, 06 08:28 AM | Comments (3)

Gimme five for an awesome contest!

kitten stretching paw

Photo by: Penny Reese, Las Vegas, Nevada

After 13 weeks of beautiful, funny, strange, silly and heartwarming pet photos, our little contest is about to draw to a close. But although we are no longer accepting submissions, we still need your input! We'll be announcing our final Weekly Winner and the Grand Prize Winner next Wednesday, December 20. We'll be posting polls soon, but in the meantime visit all your favorites and comment, comment comment!

And we have great news--although the contest is over, we've decided to make pet photos a permanent addition to So after we all ring in the New Year, we'll also be posting new pet photos--so stay tuned! Thanks so much for a wonderful contest--and good luck to all the finalists!

Daily Winner, December 14

Posted on Dec 14, 06 05:27 PM | Comments (6)

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Slobber...!

Bulldog and four Maltese in holiday costumes
Jack Pratte the Bulldog and his Maltese cousins

Photo by: Patsy Pratte, Desloge, Missouri

Honorable Mention, Week 13
Daily Winner, December 13

Posted on Dec 13, 06 06:47 PM | Comments (36)

Meowy Christmas!

cat in Santa hat

Photo by: Bob Garas, Clermont, Florida

Weekly Winner, Week 13
Daily Winner, December 12

Posted on Dec 12, 06 09:15 PM | Comments (46)

Why should only my name be in lights?

dog tangled in Christmas lights

Photo by: Debbie and Jerry Carroll, Bristol, Virginia

Debbie writes, "This is our 9-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, Rocky. He is a good sport, even about decorating for Christmas!"

Daily Winner, December 11

Posted on Dec 11, 06 10:17 PM | Comments (18)

You Write The Caption!

dog with lipstick tube

Photo by: Ann Robertson, Dallas, Texas

We're back! Due to polling software issues, we decided to hold off on posting Friday's winner to give you more time to vote. Now, tell us what you think about Scampi's "makeover" by clicking the "Comments" link below!

Daily Winner, December 8

Posted on Dec 11, 06 12:36 PM | Comments (128)

Week 12 Poll

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Posted on Dec 8, 06 09:26 AM | Comments (40)

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