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Dog Photo Contest to Kick Off the 2018 School Year!

Collage of red goldendoodle dog with school backpack and title Dogs Love u Dog Photo Contest

Join in our second annual Dogs Love U class of 2018 photo contest with a Dogs Love U Long-Sleeve T-Shirt and Dogs Love U Baseball Cap as the prize!

dog photo contest prize winner will receive grey hat and blue long-sleeve t-shirt that says Dogs Love U and words 18+ and US only

A Dog Photo Contest to Kick Off the 2018 School Year!

Update: Our 2018 Dogs Love U photo contest has ended. However, you can see all the adorable dogs who entered here:

Meet These Very Cute Dogs: Photo Contest Winners Announced

Who will be part of the DOGS LOVE U class of 2018? Which cute pups photos will be part of the DOGS LOVE U class photo? We’d love to have you! Enter your dog’s photo in our second annual dog photo contest for your chance to win!

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What is Dogs Love U?

If you’re visiting Happy-Go-Doodle for the first time, welcome! We’re happy you’re here! Dogs Love U is Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s fictitious university for dogs, our collegiate-themed blogging series, and Chloe’s mantra. Our dogs are family and they will miss their hooman siblings who are heading back to school or off to college. But send-offs deserve a special reminder from our furry friends: Dogs Love U and they have since furever!

We had so many dogs and their pawrents visit our blog and enter our 2017 DOGS LOVE U photo contest last year that we decided to “keep the tails wagging” and make our DOGS LOVE U blog series and photo contest an annual event. It’s a lighthearted way to celebrate our doggos who may be missing their human siblings as they’re heading back to school!

For more smile-bringing DOGS LOVE U fun (and some free printables too), check out these stories:

Dogs Love U: A Bone-fide University of Happiness 

Dog Appreciation 101: Our Rebarkable Dogs

Dogs Love U: Show Your Dog-Lovin’ Team Pride

Intro to Lick-erature: Funny Dog Parodies.

Why are you having a dog photo contest?

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s always sniffing out new adventures and looking for more ways to bring more smiles to your day. A photo contest is a fun way to bring together many of the dogs who love us so much! It’s like being part of the  Dogs Love U class of 2018 school photo.

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How do I enter?

Email one photo that you have taken of your dog(s) to Please include your dog’s first name and a short description of what you think his or her favorite subject would be at dog school.

What are the dates of the photo contest?

The contest begins now and ends at 11:59 pm CT on September 16, 2018. There’s no purchase necessary.

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Where may my photo appear?  

By entering, you agree that we can post your photo on Happy-Go-Doodle’s blog, social media accounts, and along with any news or promotion about the contest. By entering, you are giving us permission to use your photo both now and in the future.

How will the winner be chosen?  

Photos will be judged by our judges based on the following:

  1. smile-o-meter (brings a smile to the judges’ faces)
  2. connects with the Dogs Love U school or collegiate theme
  3. follows the contest rules
  4. reflects your dog’s natural personality (no photoshopping or adding graphic elements to photos)
  5. photo color, quality, family-friendliness* and clarity.

What’s the subject matter of the photo?

Your photo should feature a smile-bringing pic of your dog(s) and relate to the DOGS LOVE U school theme!

goldendoodle dog with head resting on backpack and title photo contest and logo dogs love u and website

Who can participate? 

The contest is open to US residents only, ages 18 and over. One submission per household. The photo must be yours. Family members of Happy-Go-Doodle are not eligible to win the prize.

How will the winner be announced?

The prize winner and runners-up will be announced on our blog ( during the week of September 16, 2018.

How will the winner be informed?

The one (1) prize winner will be informed via email and will have 24 hours to respond to accept the prize. The prize will be shipped to the winner via the mail. (Prize winners must provide a mailing address so that the prize can be shipped to the winner via the mail.)

What do I have a chance of winning?  

dog photo contest prize winner will receive grey hat and blue long-sleeve t-shirt that says Dogs Love U and words 18+ and US only
  • ONE (1) grand prize winner will receive one (1) Dogs Love You long-sleeved T-shirt and hat set designed by Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s hooman. (Long-Sleeve T-shirt sizes: small, medium, large, extra large. Hat: one size fits most.) Plus, the grand prize winning photo will be featured in a DOGS LOVE U blog post.
  • TWENTY runners-up will have their dog’s photo posted in a Dogs Love U Class of 2018 blog post on (Based on the number of entries, we reserve the right to add or subtract the final number of runners-up in the blog post.)
  • EVERYONE who enters and follows the contest rules will have his or her dog’s name included as part of the second annual official Dogs Love U Class of 2018.

What else do I need to know about the dog photo contest?

  • We’re all furry, family-friendliness here at Dogs Love U. If we were a movie we’d be G rated, so we reserve the right to expel any entries that aren’t rated G for good…or good-humored…or great fun.
  • Also, this contest is not administered by or associated with any social media used throughout the contest.

goldendoodle dog photos and title Photo Contest and logo Dogs Love U and website

Can I see the 2017 Dog’s Love U class photos? 

Sure! Check out the 2017 Dogs Love U photo contest blog post, These Dogs Love U | Dogs Love U Photo Contest Winners Announced.

Who will be the rebarkable dogs of the class of 2018 at DOGS LOVE U?

Follow along with Happy-Go-Doodle to find out!

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Gray grid with questions marks and title "Your dog's photo could go here and subtitles rebarkable dogs

Thank you for visiting Happy-Go-Doodle and joining us on a Dogs Love U back-to-school blogging series!  If you love dogs as much as we do, you’ll enjoy these other dog stories: 

7 Fun Birthday Quotes from One Very Happy Birthday Dog

Best Goldendoodle Dog Names for All Types of Doods

Best Gifts for Dog Moms: Gift Experience for Outdoorsy Girl

Best Places to Take Your Dog in Dog-Friendly Kansas City

Intro to Lick-erature: Funny Parodies By a Happy Dog



Tail wags and doodle kisses!

Sweet Purrfections

Monday 10th of September 2018

This sounds like a wonderful contest! I can’t wait to see the Finalists pictures and the winner!


Thursday 13th of September 2018

Thanks! We'll be sharing the Dogs Love U class photo andd winner in a future blog post! Look for it next week!

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

Monday 10th of September 2018

How fun! Such a super idea and what a wonderful way to kick-off the school year! I will see which of my FiveSibes would love to "go to school" and what they like...I have an idea of who! Thanks for such a great fun contest! I can't wait to see all the "class" pics!


Thursday 13th of September 2018

Thank you, Dorothy! We're excited to see which of the FiveSibes is headed to school at Dogs Love U! Don't miss out on the first day of "school!" Photo entries are due this Sunday, September 16, 2018, by 11:59 pm CT. We look forward to seeing your dog! :)


Sunday 9th of September 2018

Awwww. Reese was SO excited to enter. Unfortunately, she is Canadian. Best of luck to all participants - look forward to the photos. Cute jersey!


Thursday 13th of September 2018

We're so sorry that contest rules keep us from including our international friends in photo contests with a prize. We can include your dog's name in the Dogs Love U school roster, though. Thanks so much for stopping by Happy-Go-Doodle's Dogs Love U!

Jana Rade

Sunday 9th of September 2018

You kicked off the contest with some lovely photos. We don't have any schoolers in our house so, unfortunately, cannot participate.


Sunday 9th of September 2018

Thanks so much for your comment! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our photos. Everyone is welcome to enter our Dogs Love U contest who lives in the USA, is 18 or older, follows the rules, and enters by 11:59 pm CT on September 16, 2018. The collegiate theme is for extra fun and to a way to celebrate our dogs who love us so much! Tail wags and take care!

Cathy Armato

Sunday 9th of September 2018

Oh YAY! Happy to see Dogs Love U is back in session! We are entering your contest so we can win one of those cool shirts - Icy's eyes look Amazing next to the color blue! I love that cute blue purse Chloe has with the little glowers on it, it's so pretty! Love & Biscuits Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


Sunday 9th of September 2018

Thanks, Cathy! We're happy to hear that you like the Dogs Love U shirt and cap! Thanks so much for entering our contest! Doodle hugs!

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