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DogBowl 2010: The Winners (of sorts)

Dear Readers,

Last week, a post that was intended to be one post and one dog surprisingly blew up into DogBowl 2010 with five posts, five days and 46 pretty adorable dogs including a ferret (we know, he was a questionable entrant into the contest). Today we award superlatives to some of the pooches who jumped out for one reason or another (at least one of you literally). Thank you to all for playing and for sharing your beautiful animals. A special note of thanks to my secret consultants for helping me devise some of the superlatives.

– FishbowlDC Management

Future Movie Star: Tchotchke. Belongs to D.C. Photog Stacy Viera.

Most beautiful: The late Shaggy belonging to Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney.

Sports fan: Gizmo and Neepa. It’s a tie. The owner of Gizmo is Qorvis’s Jessica Baer. The owner of Neepa is Patch reporter Amy Kovac-Ashley. They win for obvious reasons.

Most in need of the Dog Whisperer: Alvin – Throughout the contest we’ve known he has anger issues. When I initially met Alvin, a Fox Terrier, at the corner of Connecticut and R in Dupont Circle he jumped on me and nearly knocked me to the ground. Despite the obvious aggression, he’s quite likable and curious about everything in his midst. He has yet to go to the dog park because he despises other dogs and growls in their presence. “He’s going to play with them or he’s going to kill them,” says Alvin‘s owner, Washington Examiner contributing film critic Andy White. Now this part is genuinely upsetting — White believes he was abused at the shelter where he found him in New Jersey. This weekend White’s hiring a real life Dog Whisperer for $250 an hour. We want updates.

Cutest Dog in Washington: Dexter von Frisch – There’s something to be said about sticking with an original choice. Dexter, who belongs to Media Matters Contributor Karl Frisch, is absolutely undeniably sweet and is the hands down winner of this contest. Born on Aug. 1 in Midland, Va., he weighs 12 pounds. We met on the Starbucks patio where he began to slightly shiver from the cool fall day. Frisch said it was his first walk ever this far from Kalorama to Dupont – he stopped midway and refused to budge. Frisch carried him the rest of way and assured him they’d be taking a cab home. Here we see him logging on to FishbowlDC to see how he’s faring in the contest. Congratulations Dexter. You won.

Most Likely to be Sold on the Black Market as a Stuffed Animal: Penny. The Goldendoodle (part Golden Retriever, part Poodle) belongs to Politico‘s Dan Hirschorn who recently moved here from Pennsylvania. Penny is new to town too having gotten here just a week ago. We met Penny on the Starbucks patio off Dupont Circle Wednesday morning. The dog, of course being ridiculously cute, is prone to a ton of stranger attention. A woman soon approaches and starts inquiring about her. She says, “She doesn’t like me.” No, no, assures Hirschorn, explaining that Penny is initially shy. But au contraire. Shortly thereafter, Penny licked the woman’s hand and began sniffing at her crotch. As he said, not so shy.

Most mischievous: The armpit dogs, George and Leroy, belong to AP producer Lila Ibrahim.

Most likely to lie about his/her measurements on Charley, belongs to BBC Correspondent Katie Connolly. (And we’d believe her. She looks so earnest.)

Best Face for Radio: Winston. His owner is Jeffrey Donald, who flacks for USEC in Bethesda.

Most likely to hump Robert Gates’ dog at the dog park: Duffy, a toy Schnauzer puppy who belongs to Mimi Johnson and TBD’s Steve Buttry. Cute, sure. But just looks like he’s up to no good.  

Cindy McCain Chemistry Award – for the Sedated Look: Piper (New nickname: “Dishwasher Dog.”)  Just hanging out on the dishwasher waiting to be washed.

Prettiest coat: Cooper – this regal pup belongs to my partner in crime, FBDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic. Face it, the dog just oozes beauty and sophistication in that fur coat.

Most likely to have an on again off again relationship with Bo Obama – This award goes to Washington Examiner‘s White House correspondent Julie Mason‘s Australian Cattle dog, Gomez. We hear he got into some trash talking online with Cooper (above) during the contest.

The Model: Piper. Belongs to CNN senior booker Stephanie Kotuby. She looks as though she watches Tyra religiously in the afternoons. You go girl.

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Your Friend in D.C., the Dog (Part IV)

It’s day four of DogBowl 2010. We have several more spectacularly cute canine contestants to show you from scribes, media types and flacks around town. We know some of your dogs are getting rambunctious about wanting into the contest. Especially some pooch named Alvin. We’ll accommodate them. In the meantime, a long walk in the woods won’t hurt.

Time is running out. We believe that today is the final day of submissions. Send them to or directly to

Carolyn McLean Robbins, a luxury lifestyle reporter covering AOL Travel, wrote in to promote her pup, but also to trash talk another contestant bearing the same name as her dog: “I saw the cutest dog post today and had to nominate Deacon. Mostly because he’s wayyy cuter than that OTHER Deacon on the list but also because I don’t think that any of the other dogs on here can say that they write their own blog.” Meet Deacon #2 below.

> Update #1: Time‘s Jay Newton-Small insists she has “THE coolest pooch  in town.” Meet Bella below. Photo credit: Time‘s Deputy Photography Editor Paul Moakley.

> Update #2: Brandon MacGillis, Comm officer for Pew Environment Group, thinks his French Bulldog Samantha is the winner. Meet Samantha below.

> Update #3: AP Producer Lila Ibrahim is the proud mom of Bassets George and Leroy. She says this is the photograph that will “clinch the competition.” We’ll see… Meet George and Leroy below.

> Update #4: Anna Edney with Bloomberg introduces us to her beloved Shaggy, a German Shepherd. “He’s so cute, I figured I’d enter him even though he passed away of a brain tumor at 6 last year. He was the love of my life.”

In Memory of Shaggy…

> Update #5: AP Television Senior Producer Tracy Brown writes in: “Couldn’t  have you thinking that Ibrahim is the only one at AP Television who has dogs (even if what they do should be done behind closed doors …)  Take a peek at my crazy Labradoodle Charlie and I’m sure you’ll find he has a charm of his own.  He does have a tendency to want to look people in the eye.” Meet Charlie below.

> Update #6: Readers, we have a long day ahead of us of pooches. Here comes Tchotchke from D.C. Photog Stacy Viera.  She says we can use the dog picture for the purposes of the contest only. He’s cute and all, but we weren’t going to sell him or anything. Meet Tchotchke below.

> Update #7: Meet Ike. His owner is Tammy Gordon, a food blooger who writes FloridaGirlinDC who lives in Cleveland Park neighborhood of D.C. She insists Ike is the winner of DogBowl 2010.

> Update #8: TBD Community Host Lisa Rowan says her dog is top dog “because I feel that Sgt. Friday here beats everyone in the size category.”

> Update #9: MSNBC Political Analyst and Democratic pundit Karen Finney says, “Let’s end the debate here and now.  My dog Mabel is THE cutest ever.” Meet Mabel.

> Update #10: We’ve made Alvin wait long enough. He’s apparently now angry, and we don’t want him getting rabid on us. His owner, Andy White, a New Media Strategist for Bully Pulpit Interactive/AKPD. White says Alvin (below) is listening to speeches at the recent Rally to Restore Sanity.

> Update #11: Watch out. A fierce competitor is upon us. Meet Abby. She belongs to Laura Cavender, who doesn’t quite fit the FishbowlDC profile but we’re letting it slide. Cavender is Comm. Director at U. Penn. She says Penn’s Prez is Chair of President Obama‘s Bioethics Commission. Fine, close enough.