Dogs love Ocracoke as much as residents and visitors, and it showed in the more than 80 photo entries the Ocracoke Observer received in its Dogs of Ocracoke photo contest.
The Observer thanks all of those from near and far for their loving portraits of their fur family members. The judges had difficult decisions, but the winning photos were cited for quality and creativity.
The top five winners will receive gift certificates to an Ocracoke business of their choice.
August is the “dog days month” from July 3 through Aug. 11, so named because Sirius, the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky, rises in conjunction with the sun in the constellation Canis Major — Latin for “the greater dog.”