Below are the finalists in our contest to pick Washington's cutest and ugliest dog. More than 3,000 online votes were cast. We’ll announce the winners—and run more photos—in the April issue of the magazine. Each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from the Big Bad Woof, a store in Takoma DC with ecofriendly pet supplies and a large selection of holistic and raw organic food.
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14-month-old miniature dachshund, eight pounds
Katie was about as big as a hamster when Jennifer Ortiz and husband Eddie got her last February. She’s grown into her long, floppy ears, and they remain—along with a sweet face—her most charming feature. When something catches her attention,” Jenny says, “they stick straight out at the sides, like Dumbo.” Katie spends most days on a couch with a picture-window view of their busy Silver Spring street.