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Josh Billinson for Independent Journal Review

Attention, dog owners of Washington, D.C!!! Independent Journal Review is now accepting submissions for its annual Cutest Dogs on the Hill contest. (heck ya!)

What is the Cutest Dogs of the Hill contest?

The yearly article provides a bi-paw-tisan opportunity (I'm so sorry) for friendly competition and a cute distraction from the insanity of Congress.

IJR broke new ground with its first Cutest Dogs feature in 2015, when Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) took the crown with his office's favorite furry friend, Riley.

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The contest was even more competitive the next year, with now-resigned Rep. Ed Whitfield's office coming in first place with their puppy, Emmie.

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Now, IJR is accepting submissions for the 2017 competition — and this year is set to be more fun than ever. Gosh, I love dogs. Please give me an excuse to come meet your dogs.

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How to submit your puppers:

Email IJR congressional reporter Haley Byrd at [email protected] to set up a time and place to meet with an IJR photographer to take pictures of your dog. In the email, please include:

  1. Your name
  2. Your place of employment/basic job info
  3. A photo of your dog
  4. Your dog's name and age

Who meets the requirements to apply?

I love all of your dogs, but this contest is for the canines of the D.C. area. IJR has included dogs primarily from congressional offices in the past, but submissions from think tanks, lobbying firms, nonprofits, and others on and around the Hill are welcome, as well!

The contest will end in July, when the list is revealed. So get started emailing your submissions our way! IJR has already started taking photos of dogs, and I'm telling you: they're really good dogs.

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