Shanti the Cat Wins Photo Contest

Cat's upside-down “yoga” pose receives the most votes in the Best Friends Animal Society's contest.

Posted: January 1 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Genevieve Dietrich/Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society
Shanti captured a photo contest’s top prize with her zen-like pose.
Shanti, an orange tabby owned by Genevieve Dietrich, captivated voters with her serene yoga pose in the Best Friends Animal Society Best in Show photo contest. Shanti’s photo captured the most votes in the online contest, making Dietrich the Grand Prize winner.

“Shanti is very relaxed about things,” Dietrich said, explaining that Shanti is the daughter of a pregnant cat her family fostered in 2002. Dietrich titled her photo “The Melting Pose,” referring to a yoga term that Shanti seems to be emulating.

Dietrich and others submitted photos for the contest in four categories: Best Ears, Sexiest Senior, Best New Nutty Breed and Silliest Pose. Best Friends posted the photos on its website and invited animal lovers to vote for their favorites. Winners in each category, as well as the Grand Prize winner, received prizes provided by Darla Weiss, president of Photacular.

To see the category winners and the personal favorites of Best Friends magazine editor Michael Mountain, visit the Best Friends Animal Society's website.

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Ellen    Attleboro, MA

1/2/2008 12:18:16 AM

Great photo~

debby    oxford, NC

1/1/2008 10:16:53 PM

good job, really cute

Cheryl    Conway, MO

1/1/2008 8:12:37 PM

I just love this pic.

Angela    Hamburg, NY

1/1/2008 4:07:36 PM

This is such a cute picture! Kitty looks so relaxed!

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