The World Dog Awards took place in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the, get this, Barker Hangar. The show airs on The CW Network Thursday, Jan. 15 with host George Lopez. The celebrity-filled event is also hosted by The Pedigree Foundation, which is dedicated to helping dogs find furever homes.
Celebs taking part include Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Newlyweds Lance Bass and Michael Turchin, Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), Lisa Vanderpump (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) and Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”). Paris Hilton walked the green carpet with two of her eight pooches — the $25,000 pair of teacup Pomeranians, Princess Paris Jr. and Prince Hilton. Vanderpump proudly toted her Pom Giggy, who wore Fifi & Romeo fashions. Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”) looked stunning in white by Black Halo and happy with her furry sidekicks Izzy and Issa.
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The categories for The World Dog Awards include:
Best in Film: Awarded to the best dog-centric film of the past 25 years
Top TV Dog: Awarded to the top dog in a current television series
Celebrity Dog Selfie: Awarded to the top social media-posted selfie featuring a celebrity and his or her dog
Supporting Actor to a Dog: Awarded for the best performance by a human actor alongside a dog
Best Actor Playing a Dog: Awarded for the best performance by an actor in the role of a dog
Top Movie Dog: Awarded for the best contemporary performance by a dog in a film
A-List Dog: Awarded to the celebrity dog that has made the biggest impact in the media
Dog of the Year: Awarded to the dog that has made the biggest impact in pop culture this year
Top Spot: The best television commercial starring a dog
Best Mascot: Honoring the most beloved cheerleader in a dog costume from collegiate sports
The Ugliest Dog: Which went to Peanut, owned by Holly Chandler.
Most Pawpular: Awarded to the dog with the most influential social media presence
Performing Pups: Awarded to the best performing dog
Happiest Reunion: Awarded for the most inspiring moment when a soldier and his or her dog were reunited
Hot Dog: Awarded to the most talented extreme sports dog
America’s Top Mutt: Showcasing the cutest, funniest and most ridiculous mutts
Most Dog-Like Cat: Awarded to the cat with the most canine personality traits
Dog’s Best Friend: Presented by the ASPCA, this award will go to Ian Somerhalder for advancing the welfare of homeless dogs and dog-related causes
K911: Presented by Subaru, this award will go to a dog that is an everyday superhero for helping to save a child’s life
“The Dog’s Life” Achievement Award: Awarded to an iconic dog character in popular culture that has had a huge cultural impact
Underdog: This honor is bestowed upon a pup who has overcome incredible obstacles or odds
SHARE YOUR DOG TALES
Send in your #dogtales for the chance of being featured on the Jan. 15 show. Here’s how to submit your story:
Create, upload and share a still photo, video or animation of your dog on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine or Tumblr. You must include the tag #dogtales. The post and your social media account must be set for public viewing.
CW’s offered these tips for success:
MOVE US: You know what your adopted best friend means to you, now show us. Check out the #dogtales hashtag to see what others are doing right now.
BE CINEMATIC: Keep your camera steady, hold your phone in landscape and get in close to the action. Capture that cuteness.
USE ONLY WHAT YOU OWN: No copyrighted music, avoid logos, and don’t point your camera at the TV.
REMINDER: Don’t forget to use the hashtag #dogtales
Watch the trailer:
Check out contestant Hank the Brewers’ unofficial mascot on the “green” carpet:
Dorri Olds is a contributing journalist for TheBlot Magazine.