When we started the Team Cuddle Contest, I knew the photos would be cute, but truthfully, I was not prepared. The cute is overwhelming. All-encompassing. The toddlers using puppies as pillows, the cats protecting infants, the twins snuggling, the dads napping alongside their newborn babies.
It's all TOO MUCH.
I was going through the pictures ooohing and ahhhing over all the duos and then I got to a photo of a baby snuggling with a bunny and I think my heart exploded. It was like the CUTE BREAKING POINT. I needed to step away before I bought a puppy, a kitten, a bunny and announced we are trying for #3 all at once. (We are not trying for #3.)
You know how there are baby booms nine months after city-wide blackouts? There might be a baby boom nine months after Team Cuddle. And if not a baby boom, definitely an increase in pet adoptions.
Seriously, check out these entries for "Tots and Pups" and just try not purchase a dog. (After you get pregnant, of course.)
Also? My new favorite game is trying to figure out which name belongs to the kid and which name belongs to the dog. It's tough!
All of the photos above are competing in the Team Cuddle photo contest sponsored by Freshpet. Freshpet and I have teamed up with Jessica from Momma's Gone City to find the next #TheoandBeau. The grand prize is a $1000 cash gift card (yes, $1000!) plus there will be big prizes for the winners of four different cuddling categories: "Tots & Pups", "Kiddos & Kitties", "Sibling Snuggle" and "Family Cuddle". You can find all rules, prizes and regulations here.
In addition, Freshpet will be donating $5000 to the Santa Cruz SPCA, the shelter where Jessica adopted Theo.
Freshpet was started by pet lovers who wanted to introduce a tastier and healthier alternative to the typical dry or canned pet food found on the grocery shelf. Instead, they created fresh, REFRIGERATED pet food, using only high quality meats, poultry and fish combined with fresh vegetables and fruits, with no preservatives or fillers like corn, wheat or by-products.
If you need a little help getting your pups to curl up close, you might want to try one of Freshpet’s all natural treats like new Dog Joy Chicken Strips with Flaxseeds or Dog Joy Turkey Bacon. For kitties, a few nibbles of Freshpet Select Roasted Meals might do the trick.
The Team Cuddle Contest has attracted so many submissions (understandable considering the $1000 grand prize), I had to create an alternative place to house all the entries. Instead of posting your entries directly on the Mommy Shorts facebook wall, please click the Team Cuddle tab on my facebook page to lead to a simple entry form. Or you can enter on Instagram by tagging @mommyshorts, @mommasgonecity, @freshpet and using the hashtag #FreshPetTeamCuddle. Please remember to add the names of everybody in the photo.
FYI- if you've already entered on my facebook wall, have no fear. I've added all previous entries manually so nobody has to reenter.
You can also click here to scroll through all the current submissions. BUT BE PREPARED.
You might get pregnant.
Which is your favorite from the Tots & Pups pics above? Please weigh in. I'm gonna need help!
This contest was sponsored by Freshpet but all of the thoughts and opinions are my own.