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Model Pets of DFW winners: 2013 edition

What they won

Our dog and cat winners won generous prize packages from Grand Pet Resort & Salon in Fort Worth, which includes 3-night stay in a luxurious suite; choice of 3 premium services during the pet’s stay; including pool time, one-on-one time with a Pet Pal; a pampering salon experience including a bath, Blueberry facial, pedicure, and cut and style, and a selection of gourmet treats from their Grand Bakery. More on Grand Pet Resort & Salon in Fort Worth at www.thegrandpet.com. Our handsome horse winner gets a $100 gift card to Russell Feed & Supply in Crowley.

Posted 6:14pm on Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

Each year around this time, we have the child-like pleasure of getting to look through a few hundred photos and essays from our readers, telling us why they think their dog, cat or … poison dart frog is the Model Pet of DFW.

And with this labor of love always comes the agony of choosing. Because they’re all cute. They’re all somebody’s model pet.

But when it comes down to it, we make our tough choices: One judge may be swayed by a cool photo; another may be moved by a heartfelt or comedic essay. In the end, we vote, and determine the winners — one for each of three categories: dog, cat and “alternative” pet. (You can check out the full slideshow of entries at DFW.com/pets.)

This year’s raft of more than 175 entries inspired us, and made us laugh and stand in awe of the resilience of pets (and their humans), and the power of love. With that, we give you the Model Pets of DFW, Class of 2013.

To see our Model Pet issue in print, check it out in DFW.com magazine, either inside the Friday Star-Telegram, or in free racks throughout the Metroplex.

To find out which canine the judges chose as Model Dog of DFW 2013, click here.

Click here to find out more about this year’s “Wonder Kat.”

And for an “alternative” pet winner who stands tall, click here .

Also, each year we hand out some “extra” awards. See who earned a little recognition this year.

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