While other beauty lists will have a lot of dogs on them, this one was meant to.
This summer, The Mirror’s dog hunting team scoured every crevice of Washington to find this town’s 50 most beautiful canines.
It wasn’t always easy. It was scorching hot. And dog owners can be downright mean or in a rush to get on with the important business of their lives.
“Now that‘s a silly question,” a woman snapped at me outside her fancy Kalorama home when we asked if her purebred blonde poodles ever misbehaved. She went on to tell me that one of the poodles climbs up on the table and eats her husband’s yogurt. I squeezed as much information out of her as I could in the three minutes she allotted me.
We also encountered a dog owner smoking a blunt in traffic who wasn’t too happy when we snapped a picture. The dog seemed happy and was probably high. The owner gave us a death glare.
Two bitchy dudes in Dupont Circle were in a rush to get to Doggie Style Day Spa for a new collar. But the dogs were gorgeous and far more loving than their owners. So we put up with their rudeness to snap a picture of one of the dogs. The other owner, visibly irritated, refused.
Other meanies had a psychotic tinge.
A lady was walking a really beautiful little dog near Dupont Circle’s S Street Dog Park. Before we could even inquire about her precious pooch, she brushed us off, saying, “That’s nice, buh bye!” We said “Ok” and she mocked us, saying, “Okayyy.” We saw her twice after that — once riding her bike, another time walking her dog. We avoided all eye contact after that.
Washington isn’t exactly the warmest city. The general public doesn’t always want to be bothered by members of the fourth estate — even if it is for the cutest reason. Another bad encounter happened in Kalorama’s Mitchell Park. A guy was walking his absolutely adorable cocker spaniel puppy that would’ve easily made the Top 10. At first he was like, yeah, sure you can take a picture. But when we pressed for details about the dog’s personality, he became entirely skittish.
“Actually, this is really weird,” he said, and brusquely walked away.
But by and large most owners we encountered were lovely and gushed at the prospect of their prized pooches being on a 50 Most Beautiful list. “They were a lot of mom dogs and dad dogs who wanted to tell you everything about him,” one of our reporters remarked on the sometimes agonizing search.
What kind of person doesn’t want to brag about his or her gorgeous doggie?
Photography, layout and reporting by Meghan Marsh.
With help from contributors Molly Alkon and George Congdon
Without further delay, here are the prettiest pooches, ranked.