Does your pooch have what it takes to be Puppy of the Year?

by Rachel Darcy

Paws for a second and think – does your puppy have what it takes to be the Puppy of the Year for 2020? The annual competition has just opened for entries for this year from adorable pooches across the county.

Petmania Santry, along with sponsors BETA Puppy Food, has launched the competition, which will be run entirely online for 2020. There will be €1,500 worth of prizes to be won by one very lucky puppy, entries are open from today, September 28, online at

Adorable pooches have just three weeks to enter the competition to be in with a chance of being named Puppy of the Year. To enter, pet parents simply fill out a short online form telling us about the pet and add a cute puppy-pic before midnight on Sunday October 18.

Once all entries have been received and verified, the online voting will begin! Dublin pets will battle it out to be named in the Top Five Puppies representing your local Petmania Stores and Grooming Studios.

Each of the five puppy finalists for Dublin will receive a qualifier’s rosette and gift from the competition partner, Beta, and will move forward into round two. Petmania will open a public voting system and the puppy with the most votes will be named Puppy of the Year and go forward to the grand final.

The chosen finalists from across Ireland, will then be invited to submit some additional photos and videos online to the judging panel, who will choose the overall winner. The winner of the Petmania Puppy of the Year 2020 will be announced via Petmania’s social media channels on November 20.

Paul Hannigan of Petmania Santry said: “We look forward to the Puppy of the Year Competition all year round. We love meeting adorable pets from across the country. This year we are really focused on the safety of our puppies and their owners so the competition will be run completely online. We have some amazing prizes to give away and we would encourage all puppy parents to log on to today and enter their adorable pooch.”

This year, the winning puppy will become a model pup and will star in its own professional photoshoot and become the face of a number of Petmania’s advertising campaigns for ‘20/21. The winning dog will enjoy year-round pampering with 12 complimentary visits to their local Petmania Grooming Studio.

Petmania has also teamed up with Ireland’s Blue Book Hotels to offer the winning puppy the chance to chill out in the comfort of the dog-friendly Enniscoe House in Co. Mayo, along with his/her two favourite humans. The staycation includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner on one night at Enniscoe House, which is situated on the shores of Lough Conn, Co. Mayo.

Seven month old, blind Chow Chow, Pumba from Tralee was last year’s Puppy of the Year.

His proud owner Catriona Dowling said: “Winning Petmania’s 2019 Puppy of the Year was an immensely enjoyable experience. I would encourage all dog owners to apply for this competition as It was nothing short of an honour to be the title holder.

“Aside from the awesome prizes like free grooming & free food for an entire year, their genuine interest in my welfare made being associated with the company so special.

“I became a local celebrity and featured in advertising campaigns over the past 12 months. The time draws closer to hand my title over for another well deserving puppy to bask in the limelight.

“I wish every single participant the very best of luck!”

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