Bismarck’s Top Dog Photo Contest


2023 Top Dogs & Cats

We had 82 entries into our 2023 Top Dog(&cat) contest. Since our Rescue this year was Kitty City we decided to include cats in this years contest.

A popular vote was held on Facebook, where everyone voted for their favorite dogs & cats. The top 12 from the popular vote received prizes from our sponsors, a photo session for their dog or cat, an archival print, and were our models for the 2023 calendar with full proceeds being donated to Kitty City.

Our calendar sales raised a total of $3,320 for Kity City!

Bismarcks’s Top Dog Photo Contest is a contest that brings awareness and fundraising to a local animal non-profit. This contest also give dog parents a chance to create archival quality portraits of their fur babies while supporting a great cause. Some amazing local businesses came together with ADP to donate prizes, sponsor the calendars and help support the chosen non-profit.

Our chosen Animal Rescue for 2023

Kitty City, established in 2016,  is a free roam, cage free, self contained safe haven for disabled and FIV+ cats. Kitty City also traps and places healthy cats in permanent homes through adoption. The disabled and FIV+ cats at the Kitty City sanctuary are permanent residents, located in Mandan, ND. The Kitty City organization is funded strictly through donations and has no paid employees. They rely on your donations, volunteers and fosters.

Kitty City also operates a pet food pantry for those experiencing temporary hardships. We currently have 3 small curbside pantries located in Bismarck/Mandan area. 

Kitty City is an addition to the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue. Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue was founded by Steve and Alison Smith in 2007. Triple H not only takes in miniature equine, but full size equine, donkeys, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits and ducks. The rescue/sanctuary for many, is a last stop last chance scenario. Many of the animals would have been euthanized or abandoned if there had not been a safe place for them to go. We provide end of life care and a place to retire.

The Local Businesses Who Made it all Possible

Our calendar sponsors

These are the amazing businesses who came together to purchase the calendars.

Image Printing

Image Printing, Inc. is committed to providing the very best in service. From premedia and design to finishing and mailing, our staff is second to none in service and professionalism. Image Printing assures our customers that we will provide excellent service by friendly and knowledgeable professionals on every project. We know the importance of having a printing partner that understands you and your business, which is why our staff is committed to developing a lasting partnership with you. Please contact us to see how we can serve your organization today.




Under new ownership but still locally owned and operated. Nutrishop is now owned by Talyn & Kryssy Johnson, Talyn is native to Bismarck and moved back in October to take over ownership. Talyn lives and breathes the fitness lifestyle. When he isn’t working he’s working out or helping others with workout/meal plans through his personal training program. He also competitively bodybuilds in his free time and is very dedicated to achieving his goals. Nutrishop is your one stop shop for all things fitness, sports, health & wellness related. We can assist in weight loss, muscle building, endurance, sports nutrition, general health, vitamin & supplementation, women’s health, protein, pre-workout, repair & recovery products and we offer free meal plans. We are always looking to see new faces so come on in and take a look around. If you have any questions, we are more than willing to help!

218 W Front Ave Bismarck



Kayla K Grooming

One on One, Loving, Personalized, Academy Trained Grooming. I am locally owned and operated.  I have been grooming for over 10+ years. The pets in my care are always treated like my very own. I am always looking to add new pet members to my Kayla K Grooming  family.

Iron & Oak Designs

Locally owned and operated Iron & Oak Designs, LLC is a Bismarck based company specializing in home remodel and new construction projects big and small. Dustin and Ashley Eastgate live in Bismarck with their 2 boys, Eli & Isaac, and 3 dogs, Jace, Oakleigh and Willow. Dustin runs the business, and Ashley runs their household. 

Dustin works one on one with his clients to make their new build or remodel projects run smoothly. He takes pride in his company and helps the customers dream become a reality.



Oxbow Iron Gym

The newest gym in the Bismarck/Mandan community! At Oxbow Iron Gym, we believe in only the highest standards of physical fitness training. We want to create a motivational atmosphere and establish a community of like-minded people who love training hard. We pride ourselves in having clean, well-maintained equipment. Oxbow is a gym in the Bismarck community with an atmosphere that not only is exciting to be a part of, but also pushes you to work harder. A place that offers a positive, safe, learning environment. Get in touch with owner Tyler Mack for more information on how to join or to tour the gym!

808 E Front ave



Our contest sponsors

These are the amazing businesses who donated prizes and gift certificates to our top winning dogs.

KT Animal Supply

KT animal supply started out in 1993 at our previous location south of the Amvets here in Bismarck, ND. We’ve since grown and had to move to our current location at 1606 East Main Avenue also in Bismarck. We carry all the top brands of pet food, as well as just about anything you can think of for your pet.

You will find a fun, clean, friendly atmosphere for all of your animal supply needs!


NovaBean PetCare

New to Bismarck/Mandan but I started this business officially 6 years ago while living in Fargo. It started off small, mainly just my neighborhood but within a year it bloomed into something bigger than I ever imagined. I have always had a passion for animals ever since I can remember. NBPC offers detail-oriented pet care that is provided within your own home so your pets can remain as comfortable as possible while not disturbing their routines. I also have extensive experience from working in Veterinary Medicine with providing care for “medical needs pets” including administering various medications and managing Diabetic pets. Your pets get treated as if they were my own and you will get numerous updates to ease any anxiety you may have while being away from them.



Carden Custom Framing

For 30 years, Carden Custom Framing has remained the #1 establishment when it comes to preserving what matters to you.


Sophie’s Barkery

I am a full time pet sitter, owner of Sit-Stay-Play Pet Care LLC. I started making doggy birthday cakes for my clients 8 years ago. In the last four years I’ve added delicious dog treats and  pupcakes. Everything is made from my home kitchen. My treats are made with minimal organic ingredients, but they are big on flavor. I’ve named this after my own sweet Boston Terrier Sophie. All items are tested and approved by her. 

(701) 527-4490


Here are some of the adorable dogs that were entered this year. Voting will take place on Facebook from May 22rd – June 5th 2023.