The votes are in. The committee has spoken. And purebred husky Neeko is the winner of The Columbian’s Cutest Pets Photo Contest.
Neeko was 7 weeks old when the photo was taken and just celebrated his first birthday this week with owners Kenny and Nalani Murphy. The Washougal residents adopted Neeko from a Vancouver pet store.
The Murphys and Neeko get to share the first prize of gift certificates from All Natural Pet Supply and Tails R Waggin’ Doggy Day Care.
Theresa and Thomas Lemke and their dog, Molly, took second place in the contest. Theresa Lemke, a TriMet bus driver, adopted Molly after she was abandoned at a bus stop and picked up by another driver. The Vancouver couple have had Molly for about four years and think she is about 5 years old.
Their prize is a gift certificate from the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.