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And The Top Dog Winner Is ...

You have to keep reading to find out!

Four weeks. Hundreds of entries. Thousands of votes. Controversy. Heartbreak. Redemption. The American Idol finale? Nope. Patch's Top Dog.

And the first Connecticut Top Dog is ... !

Harley is owned by Janice Kern.

"Harley, Jude and I are very grateful to have won the portrait done by Carrie Jacobson," Kern said when told Harley had . "We have seen her work and it is phenomenal. We know all the dogs are top dogs and we wish that all five of these wonderful dogs can receive the title, so congrats to Connecticut's top dogs!!"

Patch echoes that - congrats to Harley and to every single great dog that was entered in this contest - the purebreds, the rescues, the old dogs, the puppies, the dogs that make us laugh and lick our faces when we cry.

Dogs are awesome and we were thrilled at Patch to be able to celebrate so many of them with our readers. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Janice Kern June 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thank you! Brody is one cute dog!
Janice Kern June 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Thank you!
Meredith Tiffany June 29, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Congrats to Harley and his proud mama and daddy from Xander (Montville's "top dog", however one of four in our home!)
Marty Salvatore June 29, 2012 at 02:47 AM
My MAN! Give me "five!"
Beverly Torell November 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Congratulations to Harley and I hope you are enjoying the portrait of him (if it's done). My girl Zita won for Clinton and had to be laid to rest @ 13.7 years of age before I returned to teaching in August. I was so proud of her in so many ways. I put her top dog photo (11x14) in a beautiful frame over my bed where she will forever watch over me. RIP Zita. For Harley: Long may you run!

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