Meet the winners of WRAL's cutest pets contest
Posted November 24, 2019 11:00 a.m. EST
Updated November 24, 2019 2:34 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — In October, dozens of owners submitted photos of their precious pets to WRAL's 2019 Cutest Pets Contest.
We think you'll enjoy reading about the three winners!
The oldest of the three winners has quite the name!
Owner Lara Chatman said Diamond TazMania Diva, a 13-year-old Westie Highland Terrier, is well-behaved but stubborn. "She has the looks and the sassy personality that compliment her cuteness," Chatman said.
Diamond's favorite treat is Greenies, and she goes to great lengths to protect her snack from anyone who threatens to take it from her.
"I recall a time when Diamond was much younger and my nieces would visit," Chatman said. "When she realized who was at the door, she would go hide her Greenie in my laundry basket under the clothes until they would leave. It took awhile for me to understand what she was doing. One day, I followed her. At that moment, I realized that one of my nieces had been playing with her snack -- and Diamond knew how to handle the situation!"
Owner Gina Brown said Bella, a 3-year-old domestic short hair cat, chose her at Wake County Animal Services in July 2017.
"I had been considering adopting a cat for awhile, and I knew I wanted to name her Bella," said Brown, who is a fan of the "Twilight" movies. "I saw her on the Wake County shelter's website at lunch one day, and guess what? Her shelter name was Bella! I knew it was meant to be and left work early to get her."
Brown affectionately calls Bella her "house tiger" and loves her unusual markings. Bella's favorite food is Fancy Feast with gravy, and she is a pro at keeping bugs in check. "She is quite the little huntress," Brown said.
Bella's only flaw?
"Waking her mama up at all hours of the night to play or if she feels her food bowl is empty," Brown laughed. "We are working on this."
According to his owner, Marie Kandil, Gus the llama is a "kisser not a spitter!"
Kandil calls Gus a "super sweet big boy."
The gentle giant was nominated under the "Other Pets" category, which saw submission for guinea pigs, rabbits, a goat and even a lizard.