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The Ocracoke Observer thanks all of the locals and visitors who submitted many photos of their beloved pets for the difficult task of choosing winners. The top three winners will receive gift certificates to an Ocracoke business of their choice. To see last year’s winners, click here

AHH, OCRACOKE! Lilo, who visits Ocracoke every summer with her people, Sam and Chelsea Arey of Raleigh, captures this year’s top pet photo. She loves putting on her life vest, going for a ride in the kayak and taking in the salt air off Springer’s Point.


Second place: English Yellow Heidi and Gracie love their first trip to Ocracoke and the Lifeguard Beach. Photo by Judith Crowder of Atlanta, Georgia.


Third place: Island boy Silas Tretheway and his feline friend, Spencer, owned by Jude Wheeler. Photo by Kelley Shinn


Honorable mention: Everything is golden on Ocracoke with Boo. Photo by Ann Foster of Monterrey, Virginia.
Honorable mention: Bo O’Neal, owned by islander Ikey O’Neal, keeps an eye on the bow. Photo by Mary Ann Sacco
Honorable mention: Irish Terrier “Seamus,” aka “Blackbeard the Terrier,” casts a swarthy eye at his owner, Shannon Zeller of Hummelstown, Pa., who took the photo.
An honorable mention in the Pets of Ocracoke Photo Contest, Bell was the ‘Belle of the Ocra-Glow Dance Party’ July 4 at the community ball field. Photo by Rebecca Goodwin







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