The Twenty Freshpet Team Cuddle Finalists

One of my favorite things to come from the attention we’ve received over my photos of Theo and Beau has been the community. I’ve read and loved every (well, almost every) comment and sentiment that you’ve left, and I’ve loved the photos you’ve shared with me personally and publicly even more. Honestly, I was so surprised when our photos went viral because my initial reaction was doesn’t this happen in every home?! Obviously not every home, but many of them and somehow I’ve managed to tap into that universal love and it is incredible.

When I signed on to team with Freshpet and Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts to run a photo contest, I had no idea that the photo galleries would become a place I visit daily. Just to see and appreciate all of your beautiful moments of peace and love is incredibly uplifting and inspiring and reminds me that there is so much good in the world. Ilana has an incredible knack of organizing these photos and has shared them on her blog several times, and I highly recommend heading over to check out her curating talents. Check out her Sibling Snuggle post for just a small sampling.

Thank you so much for sharing with us.

This collaboration is doing so much good for my psyche, but most importantly for the Santa Cruz SPCA. As a part of this campaign, Freshpet is sending them a donation check for $5,000. I know they are grateful, but I truly appreciate a company that honors my dedication to supporting the Santa Cruz SPCA as well.


Freshpet is the only company making fresh, refrigerated pet food nationwide. Freshpet only uses high quality meats, poultry and fish combined with fresh vegetables and fruits โ€“ with no preservatives or fillers like corn, wheat or by-products. Nutrient-rich meals allow pets to have the same healthy eating habits as their owners. Theo and Charlie can attest to the this. They inhale the Freshpet food like it’s their last meals, and I feel good about giving it to them.

Drumroll… Announcing The Finalists!

It was no easy feat, but with the help of Mommy Shorts and Freshpet, we’ve narrowed down over 7,000 entries to twenty.

Please vote for your favorites on the Mommy Shorts blog.

“Tots & Pups”






“Kiddos & Kitties”






“Sibling Snuggle”






“Family Cuddle”






The winner of each category will receive a $250 cash gift card plus a $50 gift basket from Freshpet if your photo includes a pet. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash gift card.

Please vote for your favorite photo across all the categories in the poll below. The winner will be determined by popular vote and announced on March 10th.

All rules and regulations for the FreshpetTeamCuddle entries are here.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and thank you to all the entrants for sharing your lovely moments! This project has been such a joy for all of us involved.

This post was sponsored by Freshpet. All opinions are my own.

Join the Conversation


  • Oh my goodness, it’s too hard to choose!!

  • I vote for Oliver and Kailyn!

  • I’m biased because I have to vote for the one with the Weimaraner in it because I’ve had weim before!

    I am so happy for you. Honestly, every time I see yet another friend share some article about Theo and Beau I smile. I almost feel like I was on the cutting edge since I had been following your beautiful photos long before that!

  • I am so proud and grateful to have my kids (Zooey & Zion) here. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚
    So far, I think this is the cutest and sweetest photo contest I’ve seen. Good luck to all the adorable families.

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