March Instagram Challenge Winners: Pets

I get excited for each month’s Instagram challenge, but this one was especially fun, mostly because it meant we got to look through over 7,500 of photos of adorable dogs, cats, birds, pigs and all sorts of other cute animals. If you ever need a little digital hug or pick me up, just search #DSPETS on Instagram — it’s an instant dose of cuteness. It was so hard choosing our top three for this challenge, but we made a decision, and our lucky winners are above and below. And because we couldn’t resist sharing a few more pets, we have 26 of our other favorites after the jump (I wanted to add 200 more). Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their furry friends with us. They’re all so lucky to have you as loving owners and families. xo, grace

*Thanks to West Elm for donating $50 gift cards to each of our winners! They’re having a pet party (with a pet Smilebooth and charity raising for The Sato Project) on April 13th. Click here to check it out.

Winner #1: Mark Rosen’s dog, Theo

Winner #2: PeeWee the Bunny!

Winner #3: Rae Dunn’s dog, Wilma


Lauren B’s cat, Sullivan


Bungles the bunny, owned by Angela


Clementine the pig!

Disko the cat, owned by Mia-Linh



Whitney Ford and Imogen, adorable chickens owned by Dawn

vontheodore‘s Koopa the turtle! Bonus points for the Mario reference ;)



Mrs. Eleanor Rigby!


Emily‘s dog, Mary


Jennifer’s dog, Mr. Tony Danza




Tack! I can’t stand how cute this is :) Morgan is a lucky dog owner.





  1. Noëlle says:

    I agree, more cats! So many dogs!! (All adorable of course!)

  2. mary says:

    You’re right – this is just a fun contest – pets pics are like baby pics – they’re all cute and adorable and of course we all feel our’s are the CUTEST and the best.

    Thanks for making me aware of the process and your good intentions.

  3. omg, so many cuties out there. after submitting my dogs, I spent waaaaay too long looking at all the entries. pets are the best!

  4. kyra says:

    aw shucks. does this mean it’s too late to enter?

  5. kyra says:

    Also, how did everyone put the pretty lettering on their pics? I’m new to instagram and didn’t see any choices. I have picstitch, which offers a plain font and limited colors but it’s so drab compared to these!
    And even though it’s too late, here’s one more kitty!

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      hi kyra!

      there are a few ways:

      1. there’s an app called OVER that a lot of people use to put letting on top of images
      2. you can add text in any photo program (we use a free one called GIMP)
      3. you can also just stick a piece of paper or sign with the pet’s name in the photo ;)


  6. Mary Bruce says:

    I love all of them. What joy these photos bring.

  7. Lisa says:

    SOOOO HAPPY TO SEE A PHOTO OF A PIG! I wanted to submit a pigture of my Oinker, too, but my Instagram kept crashing and I gave up. Here’s a link to a YouTube page where he’s doing tricks for popcorn… ;)

  8. Denise says:

    Little dog heavy :/

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      Please see my comment above.


  9. I’d love to know what kind of puppy Charlie is. He resembles my mutt!

  10. Frances says:

    All are extremely cute, I can imagine the tough task of choosing. Thank you for this, what a sweet pick me up. You guys are doing an outstanding job, I look forward to each days posts.

  11. Amy says:

    Charlie absolutely stole my heart!

  12. Maya says:

    I can’t get over Peewee-the-Bunny’s eyes!?!? They’re mesmerising :-) Thanks for this loveliness.

  13. Daphne Collins says:

    Love Truffaut!!!!

  14. Jen says:

    I looove sweet Mary’s face. But I have two Westies so am clearly biased.

  15. Karen says:

    Grace, can there be a follow up competition for everyone who didn’t work out the naming of the pets? I just clicked on Terk the pig doing tricks for popcorn – lovely! I think the reason there are so many small breeds is because D*S followers are probably mainly urban dwellers so large dogs are impractical for them.

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      Hi Karen,

      I’m afraid we only do one contest per month, but I made sure to encourage people to check out all of the results at #DSPETS so everyone’s pets get some attention, name or not ;)


  16. Rachel H says:

    Dudes, what gives with all dogs and no cats? (obvs there was a cat or two but STILL)


  17. Jin says:

    @ERIN and @AMY Charlie is a MORKIE! maltese and yorkie…mutt! he shares my heart with our other Jo and you can see more of him @jinandjo! thanks!!


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