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Decision 2012

8 Nov

Decision 2012: DOGS WIN! America is Canine Nation!


NEW YORK - America has spoken, or more appropriately, barked out, its preference loud and strong:

By quite a large margin, dogs are America’s favorite pet!

Although considered a slight favorite when balloting began earlier this year, canines were thought to be beatable in categories like “athletic” and “cutest” by many of the leading pet pundits.

But that never happened.

Far from vulnerable in this area, dogs actually captured 65 percent of the Most Athletic category. Election analysts point to the speed and spryness of greyhounds, collies and boxers as far surpassing the “always land on their feet” reputation of felines, which even the most ardent catvocates now deny.

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6 Nov

Decision 2012: Dog Waits Fur-ever in Long Lines to Vote


Have you voted yet?! It took a lot of patience in those lines but ... Preston did!


Photo Courtesy of Kristi Dudash

Be sure to get to the polls before they close! Cast your vote NOW and elect America's Favorite Pet!

6 Nov

Decision 2012: Cast Your Vote Today ... to Elect America's Favorite Pet!


Today is THE day! Here's your final chance to help elect America's FAVORITE pet. We've been collecting your submissions and weighing the candidates for months now and, it's finally time to make our final choice as a nation.

If you're still undecided, watch some of the candidate submissions below one last time and explore the Primary Results here.  Your choice today will determine the future of our country ... 's pets.

Choose wisely, friend.


Vote Dog Party:

Watch all Dog Party Videos >>

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15 Oct

Decision 2012: Leaked Videos May Change the Way You Vote

If you've been following the presidential elections at all, you'll know that the leaked videos of private fundraising events and supposedly "racially charged" speeches have sparked a bit of controversy. But that's not the only election where exposed tapes have our candidates on the defense. Recently, two unflattering videos began circulating the web and showing undiplomatic behavior from our fluffy candidates. And with final ballots opening, each party needs to step up its effort to maintain the position of America's favorite pet.

Just ask the Dog Party how they plan to bounce back after Huffington Post released this shocking video of canines being anything but man's best friend.

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9 Oct

Decision 2012: The Polls are Open! Vote Now to Elect America's Favorite Pet!

The polls are open! What is America's favorite pet?!

We launched Decision 2012 earlier this year and have received thousands of nominations of your cutest, smartest, most talented, most athletic and funniest pets. But the final question remains to be answered: What is America's favorite?  Dogs? Cats? Bunnies? Sugar Gliders??

Log on to to cast your final vote in the official ballot! You can review the Primary results on the nominees and see how the parties stacked up. Examine the results carefully before you cast your vote - because you can only vote once! 

Be sure also to share your opinion in the Exit Polls and if you want to see all the nominations, visit the complete Archive of submissions.



5 Oct

Wee Hamster Leads Cats in Decision 2012 Cuteness Poll


From The Daily Treat:

Decision 2012

Snuggles the Service Hamster is Cleaning Up in the Cuteness Polls

Could independent candidate Snuggles the service hamster ( exactly does a service hamster work?) be cuter than Louie Dewey Mocha Latte the fluffy kitty? Recent results from Animal Planet's Decision 2012 say yes - with Snuggles leading in cuteness polls by more than 2000 votes! 

[Related: Decision 2012 - How it Works]

Do you agree? Does Snuggles the service hamster deserve the win or should it go to the felines? Cast your vote today at Decision 2012

About Decision 2012

Animal Planet's Decision 2012 is open to all breeds and creeds and our most recent check of the leaderboard did not disappoint in the candidate diversity department! 

[Related: Why Dogs Rock and Cats are 'Meh']





3 Oct

Decision 2012: Debate and Decide Who Is America's Favorite Pet


It's October already (!) and one of the greatest decisions we must make for our country is quickly coming upon us: Who is America's Favorite Pet?!

Next week, the final ballot opens and we need YOUR votes to pick the country's favorite companion. While other debates kick off, we're staying focused on our most important mission.  Who will it be?  Dog?  Cat?  Independent?

Deliberate carefully and review the results.  In the meantime, here are a few of (my favorite!) nominees so far:

Dog Party: Oscar


Dog Party: Penny


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12 Sep

Decision 2012: 10 Most Random Independent Party Candidates ... So Far


Could a wee preying mantis be America's favorite pet? How about a crusty sandcrab or guinea pig sporting a jaunty chapeau? These candidates are but a few examples of the the pet candidate diversity defining this year’s contest to elect America’s favorite pet, better known as Animal Planet's Decision 2012, Animal Planet's all-important race that will determine once and for all who and what is America's favorite pet!



10 Sep

BREAKING: Dog Pianist Plays Beethoven's 'Für Elise'


OK, maybe not exactly - but I suspect that was his intent - he even added lyrics:


YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Remember to rank and vote for him if you're impressed!

This Fall, we the people of the United States will make possibly the greatest decision of our generation: WHO will be America's favorite pet?! Stay tuned to Decision 2012 for results!


Watch More Nominees:

* Vote Cat Party
* Vote Dog Party
* Vote Independent Party



29 Aug

Decision 2012: Who Will You Vote For ... As America's Favorite Pet?!

decision 2012

This Fall, it's time to make possibly the most important decision of your lifetime. A decision that will forever impact the future of America ... America's pets, that is

It's cats vs. dogs vs. every other pet you can imagine!  Who will win the hearts and minds of the people - of pet owners and lovers everywhere? 

Go to the Polls, nominate your best, cutest and most talented furry friends, and, place your votes!

And, watch videos of the Dogs, Cats and Independents leading in the polls!

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