There’s something about the holiday tradition of sending everyone you know and love a holiday card with a festive family photo that truly never gets old. Especially nowadays, receiving anything in the mail to let you know that someone is thinking of you is such a small but heartwarming gesture and it really embodies what the holidays are all about.

Of course, not all holiday cards are created equal… I’ll be the first to admit that any holiday card starring a dog automatically outshines the rest. I mean, is it even a family photo without the family dog?

So this year, we asked our followers to participate in our first ever holiday card contest. Let’s just say that we were not disappointed. So many outstanding and utterly hall of fame worthy photos were sent to us, that it was nearly impossible to pick a winner. As a result, we decided we just had to give everyone a prize! Congrats to all runners-up, each will be receiving a $10 fabdog® gift card. After all, nothing quite warms the heart like a picture of a dog totally in the holiday spirit.

Check out the full list of holiday card contest entries below.

We saved the best for last, jump to the end to see the contest winners!

Instagram @gilesthepug
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Instagram @tankbrookskinder
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Instagram @jake7411
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Instagram @thor_the_wiener
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Instagram @theodoodlebear
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Instagram @chchchani
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Instagram @maximolafrenchie
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Instagram @charliehotdiggitydog
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Instagram @archerthecavalier
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Instagram @cruzthefrenchie
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Instagram @santino.the.cockapoo
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Instagram @barkrileywoof
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Instagram @princesslayla_thefrenchie
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Instagram @baileydoodle
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Instagram @aprilpetrini
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And the official winners of the 2016 fabdog® Holiday Card Contest are…

In 3rd place, winning a $25 fabdog® Gift Card:

The Mullaney Family, Hawaii
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Coming in 2nd place, winning a $50 fabdog® Gift Card:

The Dragoo Family, California
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And the official winner of the fabdog® Holiday Card Contest is…


* drum roll please *

Instagram @zuzuthecavachon, New York City

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Congratulations are in order for Zuzu! Zuzu embodied everything that the holiday spirit is about in her numerous entries. Not only did Zuzu send us a Christmas card that can also be hung up as a tree ornament – but her creative use of props and adorable holiday backdrops won the hearts of all the contest judges!
As a prize, Zuzu will be receiving a $100 Amex Gift Card to splurge on herself for the holidays! Well-deserved.

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Congrats to Zuzu and all of the fabulous dogs and families for their amazingly festive showing! Happy holidays to all.

Want to see more cute pics of dogs? Follow us on Instagram @fabdoginc.

Lawyer + Marketing Specialist. Enjoys “Cerebral Dramas Featuring Strong Female Leads” according to Netflix. Doesn’t trust anyone who doesn’t like dogs.