CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last week we launched a new Pet of the Week feature -- and were promptly bombarded with submissions. Clearly, there are a lot of animal lovers in West Virginia!
As you can imagine, it hasn't been easy picking a winner. In fact, it was impossible -- there were scores of animals in precarious positions, some caught in the act of mischief, some with faces so expressive it's pretty easy to imagine what they must be thinking.
After much agonizing debate, we narrowed our first week's winners down to three.
Two "dogs of summer" were selected not only because their personalities came through in their photos, but also because after the recent freeze, these guys were a much-needed reminder that summer will come again. Besides, who doesn't love a dog like Bailey, who's confident enough to put on a pair of swimming goggles?
Jill Hammar tells us her terrier mix Max "loves popsicles on hot summer days. He gets as excited as our 5-year-old when he hears the ice cream truck!"
Sophie was selected for her clearly fine-tuned ability to be the center of attention. As a former shelter kitty, her family says she's special because "she loves people ... entertaining everyone who visits."
Nominate your pet for Pet of the Week
Think your pet has what it takes to shine? Get those photos in!
Beyond good-quality photos, here's what we're looking for: