A note on the site Monday morning read: “We are expanding server capacity to handle the overwhelming interest in the contest. You still have 12 weeks to enter the contest. Please be patient.”
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 23, 2009.
The contest’s 12 weekly semi-finalists, judged by online public voting, will each win $500. From those 12 weekly winners, four finalists will be determined by the greatest number of votes and each will win $5,000.
Dog owners can enter the contest by filling out an online entry form and uploading a picture of their dog at www.cutestdogcompetition.com .
Visitors to the site can vote by giving dogs a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
A panel of judges will choose from among the finalists and award the $1 million grand prize to the nation’s cutest dog on Thanksgiving.
All American Pet Company is the maker of Grrr-nola Natural Dog Food and Bow Wow Breakfast Cereal. The company parterned with DOG.com, iBeatYou.com and PromotingGroup.com to put on the competition.