VOTE: The Region's Top Dogs Are ...

We asked Patch users in Berlin, Meriden, Southington, Middletown, Rocky Hill, East Hampton, Portland, East Haddam, Haddam, Killingworth, Durham and Middlefield to share their dog photos, and then vote for their favorite. Meet 8 great dogs!

Editor's note, 3:46 p.m., Friday June 15, 2012: We had an error in counting the Berlin votes, and the pug Luke did not win the Berlin Top Dog contest. Luke received 44 votes, and the Siberian husky named Diesel received 45 votes, and those numbers were transposed in our tallying. Luke's photo has been replaced in the gallery with Diesel's and we apologize for the error.

Welcome to Round 2 of Patch's Top Dog Contest!

Between today and June 22, users will cast their vote in the comments section of this article for their favorite of the posted dogs. The winner of this round will receive a $100 gift card to in Berlin.

On June 23, the 4 regional winners will be unveiled, and they will face off to become Connecticut Patch’s Top Dog from June 23-30. The winner will be announced July 1. The winner of that competition will receive a painted portrait of their pet from noted Connecticut artist (and former Patch local editor) Carrie Jacobson.

To vote: Look for the number in the top right corner of the photo and refer to that in the comments.

The winners of the local contests are:

Berlin: Diesel, submitted by Nicole Mazzatto

Meriden: Snugs, submitted by Kristi Smith

Southington: Lucy Lu, submitted by Kim Lank

Middletown: Milly, submitted by Jaimie Stone

Rocky Hill: Rocky, submitted by Erik Gutsfeld

East Hampton-Portland: Wolf, submitted by Lisa Repoli

East Haddam-Haddam: Potter, submitted by Carla Strecker

Killingworth, Durham, Middlefield: Benca, submitted by Sharon Graichen

You can read the complete contest rules here.

Melissa Colean June 21, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Nick Mazzatto June 21, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Diesel!!!! #8
Robert Fontaine June 21, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Dizzy Diesel
Jimmy June 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Lucy Lu#4 - too pretty
NMazzatto June 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Diesel is one cool pooch!
Kevin W June 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Mario K June 22, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Kara D June 22, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Diesel #8!
Steph Farmingham June 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Got to love Huskys in the snow!! Diesel is my vote! Good luck
Jessica Mazzatto June 22, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Diesel is the sweetest dog around! Hes my "Top Dog"!!
Chris W June 22, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Jessica Mazzatto June 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I vote Diesel #8!!
Diane Esposito June 22, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Sweet Lucy Lu #4
Matt Esposito June 22, 2012 at 09:52 AM
#4 Lucy Lu
Martine Michaud June 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
jeff cyr June 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Lucy-Lu! She's GORGEOUS & The Cyr Family's Favorite! :)
Robert Quinion June 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Diesel #8 from Berlin
Jessy Lancaster June 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Go DIESEL all the way!!!
Kristina Kaminski June 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Diesel Diesel Diesel!!! #8
Jeanette Mazzatto June 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Diesel is my TOP DOG vote!!
G.S. June 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
#8 My Diesel....has my vote...........
Erik Gutsfeld June 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Even if K-9 Rocky does not get anough votes to move on in the contest he will always be my "Top Dog". Rocky enjoy your retirement, thank you for keeping us safe for the past 8 years and allowing us to go home to our family. The bond a police dog and his handler share is undescribable.
frank Smith June 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Goose167 June 22, 2012 at 01:37 PM
K-9 Rocky, Happy Retirement. Enjoy lazy days chewing and chasing tennis balls.
Kim Lank June 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I want to say that all 8 dogs are wonderful!!!! Congratulations to whoever wins this leg of the competition - I do not believe it will be my Lucy Lu and I thank everyone who voted for my baby girl!!! She is and always will be the Lank Family's Top Dog. Rocky - we also thank you for your service to keeping your community safe you are a Hero in everyone's book!!!! Diesel - a big Congrats to you I do believe it will be you that will go on in this competition - you kicked some doggy butt!!!! Thanks to The Patch - this was fun!!!
Diane Livieri June 22, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I still say Lucy Lu #4 Although - all dogs are winners and all dog owners are also winners too because of the unconditional love given and received.
NMazzatto June 22, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I vote Diesel as my Top Dog but I agree that all these dog are wonderful and loved by so many! Big thanks to everyone who voted for Diesel! He's one special dog :)
Jimmy June 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
One last time for my Lucy Lu #4
JJ June 22, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Lucy Lu #4 all the way!!!
Julie O June 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Go Diesel!!


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