FROM READERS: Dogs Missourian readers love

Friday, March 9, 2012 | 3:59 p.m. CST; updated 7:05 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 11, 2012
Tessie the 4-year old Jack Russell. When she isn't posing for her owners, Bob and Sandy Hodge, she likes to watch squirrels and eat dog c-o-o-k-i-e-s (we spell that one)! Photo shared by Sandy Sawtelle Hodge.

More than 870 dogs will pack the Boone County Fairgrounds this weekend as the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club Dog Show takes place.

Prizes will be given in a variety of categories, including Best in Show. The Missourian will be there, taking pictures of winning dogs. But here, we're collecting pictures of your Best in Show. We're inviting Missourian readers to share pictures of dogs they love, and we'd love to include yours. Please include the dog's name, breed and age, along with the name of the dog's owner. Photos can be submitted in a number of ways:

To get things kicked off, some of the Missourian's own editors shared photos of their beloved pets. To see more photos of Missourian staffers' dogs and readers' dogs, please go to the Columbia Missourian's Facebook page or the Columbia Missourian's Pinterest board.

The submitted photos will be published on the Missourian's website, Facebook page and Pinterest account.

Porter, 5, from Central Missouri Humane Society, is suspected to be a ridgeless Rhodesian ridgeback. Photo submitted by Jane Phillips of the Central Missouri Humane Society.
This is Fiona, she's a Papillon. Photo shared by owner, Charles E. Dudley.
This is Bella, a 4-year-old Weimaraner. She is a very sweet dog. Photo shared by owner, Cynthia Koestner.
This good looking boy right here is the almighty Papillon. This is my boy and he is 12 years old. His name is Skamp. I got him from CMHS back in 2001. Photo shared by owner, Charles E. Dudley Jr.
SuLi is the short one. She is almost 4 years old and is a Chinese Shar Pei mix. Dexter is my granddog. He is 1 and a hald years old. He is a German Shepard/Rottweiler mix. Photo shared by owner Theresa Brigham.
This is Greta, a four-year-old whippet. Photo shared by owner, Clyde Bentley, an associate professor at MU.
Here's a photo of our dog, Polly. Polly is a three year-old border collie/mini Australian shepherd mix (maybe with some spaniel?). We'renot sure, as we adopted her from Central Missouri Humane Society in September and no one knew her full story. Whatever she is, she loves to run around and play with her frisbee and her holee roller. This photo presents her in her most polite pose. Photo shared by owners, Andy Craver and Maya Tarter.
I have a really cute dog. :) Her name is Lola, she's 18 months old and she's a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Photo shared by owner, Erin McNeill Jorgensen.
On the left is Gloria, a 2-year-old pit mix. On the right is Winnie, a 9-month-old lab mix. Photo shared by owner, Ashley Crocker.
This is Buster. He's a 5-month-old Shih-Tzu/Yorkie mix. He was adopted just this week! Here he is with his girl, doing his favorite thing, chewing his toy in a patch of sunshine leaning against a human. Photo submitted by owner, Lara Nugent.
Chance, left, and Danni, right. "We are always stopped and asked about our two dogs which is great because it gives us a chance to educate people on responsible dog ownership." Photo shared by owner, Dawn Cade.
This is Whistler, a 22-month-old Great Dane. Photo submitted by owner, Kacey Higginbotham, Missourian reader and journalism school graduate.
Bella will be 2 in May. She is a very small Boxer. She's hyper, which most Boxers are, but also very loveable.Very loyal to family and kids. Very, very sweet. Beautiful, shiny coat. Photo shared by Louise Embree Holt
Bella, the almost 2-year old Boxer. She is a hyper dog like most Boxers, but is very loveable and loyal to family and kids. Photo shared by Louise Embree Holt.
This is my dog Riley, who is waiting ever so patiently for my brother to give her her favorite toy, her peanut butter-filled Kong. Photo shared by Caitlin Wherley.
Wagner, now 6, from Central Missouri Humane Society, is suspected to be a beagle-golden retriever mix. Photo submitted by Jane Phillips of the Central Missouri Humane Society.

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