And the winners are in, with Shorty and Coco taking top honors in the 2014 Elkin Tribune Cutest Pet Contest, which wrapped up this week at elkintribune.com.
The competition saw 43 entries this year, and among the dozens of dogs and handful of cats, was a little pet pig.
During the online competition, 199 users cast 3,300 votes to determine the winners of prizes from contest sponsors, Animal Ark and Custom Heating and Cooling.
The first prize Animal Ark winner is Shorty, a 4-year-old Maltese entered by Pat Couch.
Second place from Custom Heating and Cooling goes to Coco who is pictured in the snow and was entered by Kandice Sage of Jonesville.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners this week.