The polls are closed, the votes have been tabulated, and the critics have spoken. The competition has been narrowed down, and one dog has been named — well, top dog.
Although all of the dogs submitted this year are good dogs, these three came out on top in the polls.
2nd Runner-Up: Sadie
Rep. Karen Handel’s (R-Ga.) beloved Sadie comes in third place in our competition. Sadie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was described in her application for this year’s contest as “an incredibly well-mannered and sweet Southern belle.”
1st Runner-Up: Maddie
In a triumphant return from last year’s contest, Maddie has made her way to second place! Maddie works in the office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) along with her owner and Grassley press secretary Nicole Tieman. Maddie’s talent for saluting Capitol Police officers undoubtedly gave her a leg up on the other competition.
And the winner of the 2018 Cutest Dogs on the Hill contest is … [drumroll] … Hank!
Hank comes to our contest from the office of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), where his owner, Kara Ahern, works as chief of staff.
Hank is a Boxer who has been known to make friends with many Capitol Police officers in his days working on the Hill. But Hank’s friends aren’t limited to the legislative branch — our first place pup knows former Vice President Dick Cheney!