Do you have central Victoria’s cutest pet?

Pets of the week: See who is waiting to be adopted from our regions animal shelters.

UPDATE: Entries have closed in the hunt for central Victoria's cutest pet. After receiving over 300 entries we have shortlisted pets to the top 20. See the shortlisted entries in the gallery and vote below for who you think is the cutest.

Voting is now open and will close at midday on Monday, March 27 with the winners being announced shortly after. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos, there are some very cute pets out there!

Five lucky winners will score their owners a double pass to the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show 2017. 

EARLIER: Calling all animal lovers! Do you have central Victoria’s cutest pet?

We want to see photos of your pampered pooches, furry felines or whomever your furbaby might be.

We’re on the hunt for central Victoria’s cutest pet – and we even have a prize to give away to the winners!

Share your photos with us by:

  • Using #bendigoadvertiser on Instagram
  • Sharing them with us via our Facebook page
  • Emailing meghan.rogers@fairfaxmedia.com.au
  • Or sending them to our Snapchat account bgoaddy

The five cutest pets will be chosen by vote on the Bendigo Advertiser website, with the owners scoring a double pass to the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show 2017.

Entries close Wednesday, March 22.

Highlights of the 2017 Melbourne Dog Lovers Show

The Melbourne Dog Lovers Show returns to the Royal Exhibition Building from May 5 to 7. Now in its fifth year, the show sees visitors from across Victoria join together to celebrate the love of dogs.

DockDogs: After huge success in Sydney last year, the splash-tastic DockDogs® sponsored by BlackHawk, will finally make its debut at the Melbourne Show. An exciting, high-energy aquatic long jump for canines DockDogs® will see talented dogs of all breeds attempt some of the longest leaps, highest jumps and fastest water retrievals ever witnessed in Australia. It’s the fastest growing dog sport in the world and an absolute must-see at the Melbourne show with dogs launching themselves off an elevated dock into a massive 100,000 litre swimming pool. Bring your brollies!

Insta-Pooch Zone: Responding to the rise of plucky pooch stars across social media, the 2017 Show will introduce the new Insta-Pooch Zone where visitors will get the opportunity to meet, interact and snap selfies with some of the Australia’s most famous and notable canine Instagram stars. Watch these Pooch-Stars walk the red carpet with DJs, the pup-parazzi and hundreds of screaming followers!

Rescue Dog Zone: Continuing its commitment to raise awareness for adoption and helping hundreds of rescue dogs to find loving, well suited homes, the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show has substantially expanded the important and extremely popular Rescue Dog Zone. Since 2013, the Rescue Dog Zone has helped find homes for 2,000+ pooches around Australia and organisers, Event Management International, are confident that a range of new initiatives as well as having 30+ rescue groups taking part will deliver a record number of dog adoptions this year.

Australian Hero Dog Tribute: From Working and Military dogs to Therapy and Assistance dogs, the Australian Hero Dog Tribute will showcase the incredible skills and abilities of our service dogs and the contribution they make to improve the lives of thousands of people in our community every day. The show will present detailed information on the history of service dogs, specific training methods and the biological attributes that makes these dogs so amazing. Dog lover, champion for animal welfare and Neighbours/Home & Away star, Andrew Morley is the official ambassador for the Hero Dog Tribute and will co-host a wonderful show in the Arena alongside popular dog trainer, Steve Austin. With daily talks from leading service dog associations and dozens of these special dogs at the show, it’s a rare opportunity for visitors to meet and learn more about these wonderful animals.

Royal Canin Arena: Exciting new demonstrations from the talented UpDogs (Frisbee, Tricks & Agility combined!), K9 Scent Scramble (a whole new ball game with dogs jumping into a massive pit of 30,000 plastic coloured balls!) and a K9 Weave Pole Sprint Challenge will WOW visitors plus the popular ‘Meet the Breeds’ showcase returns with Dr Harry where visitors can discover and learn more about some fascinating dogs. The Royal Canin Arena is all about showcasing the abilities of some of Australia’s most talented, intelligent and high energy dogs but it’s also loads of fun with stacks of audience participation.

KONG Celebrity Vet Stage: The KONG Celebrity Vet Stage will play host to an exciting line up of live demo’s, educational talks and reliable advice from the most trusted experts in the country. Talks include: ‘5 top tricks anyone can teach their dog’, ‘how to understand & manage your dogs’ positive mental health’, ‘2 essential training exercises that can save your dog’s life’, ‘top tips for a healthier, happier dog’, ‘how to find your Perfect Match Pooch’, ‘insights into how Australia’s most famous dogs were trained’ and ‘how to get better training outcomes through engagement’.

Breed Showcase: The Breed Showcase supported by DOGS Victoria Breed Clubs is always one of the most popular highlights and with 40+ breeds of all shapes and sizes on show for visitors to see, compare and cuddle it’s sure to draw big crowds again. From Rhodesian Ridgebacks to Rottweilers, Finnish Lapphunds to Frenchies, representatives from DOGS Victoria will also be on-hand to ensure visitors can gather all the trusted information and reliable advice they need to make informed decisions about selecting the right dog or puppy for their home and lifestyle.

Pat-A-Pooch Zone: Always in high demand, the Pat-A-Pooch Zone will again provide visitors with an opportunity to meet and connect with some of Australia’s most beloved dogs of all shapes, sizes, age and ability. Visitors will be able to interact with a wide range of dog breeds of all shapes and sizes with a handler on-hand at all times to provide trusted, reliable information on each pooch.

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