Meet the Winners of the 2022 Maine’s Top Dog Contest

Meet the Winners of the 2022 Maine’s Top Dog Contest

For our inaugural Maine’s Top Dog Contest, we asked our readers to open their phones and their hearts to send us the best photos of their Maine pooches—and they delivered in spades. We received nearly 800 entries (with 533 unique dogs!) featuring pups posing in front of lighthouses and buoys, dressed up as lumberjacks and superheroes, and thoroughly embodying the joy of four-legged life in the Pine Tree State. Let’s see who came out on the top of the dog pile.

Editors’ Pick

To determine the Editors’ Pick winner and honorable mentions, each member of the Maine magazine editorial team whittled the list of dogs down to their personal top ten picks. From there, the staff went through each pick one-by-one, ranking them on a scale of 1 to 10 based on photo quality, creativity, and editorial suitability. These points were tallied up, and the overall winner and three honorable mentions were chosen according to the highest cumulative points.

Erma Opal | German Shorthaired Pointer | Sebec

Erma is a ten-year-old reading therapy dog. She visits schools and libraries to help children who are struggling with reading.

Editors’ Honorable Mentions:

Yury | French Bull Dog | Liberty

Farm dogs come in all sizes. Yury is a papa to the ducklings, an ear-cleaner for the sheep, and the light of his owners’ lives.

Koda | Siberian Husky | Jay

Koda loves to be on the move! He loves hiking, camping and even kayaking. Koda also completed the 100 mile wilderness trail this last summer.

Olive | Golden Retriever | Lovell

Olive loves to hike, run, and find new sticks to bring home. She is constantly hunting for foliage with her parents!

Readers’ Pick

The Readers’ Pick winner was picked over the course of a month, starting with two weeks of open voting on our website. The eight dogs with the most votes moved on to a bracket-style showdown on Instagram over the course of four days. In the end, Morty, a Chihuahua from Buxton emerged on top, winning each round with over 80 percent of the vote.

Morty | Chihuahua | Buxton

Morty is a social media star on TikTok and Instagram under the handle @MortyTheMisfit. He’s a special needs rescue from Texas who is now living the good life in Maine.

Readers’ Honorable Mentions:

Kessler | Bernese Mountain Dog | Portland

Kessler enjoys staying cool in the water when her family gathers mussels on Chebeague Island. The only thing she loves more than hiking up snowy mountains and being with her favorite people is sniffing out the food that may be in your hand.

Mike | Great Dane | Greenwood

Mike is the center of attention wherever he goes! His favorite things to do are going on walks, trying to catch balls, and getting zoomies in the yard. He especially loves going to the beach and digging in the sand, even though he’s afraid of the waves.

Rangeley | Golden Doodle | Harpswell

Rangeley is a fun-loving, sweet, and cuddly dog whose favorite place is the beach. In this photo he’s saying that he’s not ready to leave quite yet.

Sponsor’s Pick by Loyal Biscuit Co.

Zeek | English Setter | Portland

Zeek is a goofball, even though you can’t tell from his serious face in this photo. He loves giving hugs and is often mistaken for a Dalmatian or Great Dane mix. Next year he is going to start training to become a therapy dog for people impacted by cancer.

Class Superlatives

Most Maine

Milo | Labrador | Owl’s Head


Best Dressed

Violet | English Cream Golden Retriever | Westbrook


Best Portrait

Bowdoin | German Shorthaired Pointer | West Gardiner


Best Action Shot

Django and Hildi | Wirehaired Pointed Griffons | Camden


Best Buddies

Ticket (and her Pack) | Terrier and Doberman Pinschers | Saco


Class Clown

Huckleberry | Labradoodle | South Portland

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