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Style’s 2015 Cutest Pet Contest Winner, Charlie

Oct 28, 2015 10:50AM ● Published by David Norby

Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Photo by Dante Fontana
 © Style Media Group

 The winner of Style’s 2015 Cutest Pet Contest, Charlie—a three-year-old yellow lab—snagged pet supplies and services from the Veterinary Healing Center of Folsom, Lees’ Feed, and the Folsom Dog Resort, stole our hearts and got us pumped for the holiday season all in one clean, landslide sweep. Charlie fetches the paper every morning and “his favorite day is Wednesday because he gets to fetch the paper twice: the Sacramento Bee in the morning and the Folsom Telegraph in the afternoon,” says owner Gwen Cullen. Charlie has also memorized the comings and goings of the Cullen family and is ready and waiting to help take the kids to and from school. What’s more, Charlie has a soft spot for felines in need and helps to socialize the cats and kittens that the Cullen family fosters from the Sacramento County Animal Shelter where Gwen volunteers. Increasing their chances of being adopted by a family with dogs, Charlie “even lets the kittens lay with him on his bed, giving them gentle nudges with his nose,” Cullen says. Charlie definitely thinks he’s one of the kids and has mastered the art of football (intercepting during catch and delivering the ball for a touchdown) and hide-and-seek (searching for which adorable Cullen kid who is sneakily guarding his treat). And wow—that is one contagious smile!

—Dayana Stockdale

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