Scientists have best friends too and a lot of them, even those who are happily dating or married, turn out to be dogs.

St. Weiler puppies looking up

St. Weiler puppies entered in Science Magazine contest.

In fact, my Newfoundland attended college classes with me, even chemistry lab.

But puppy love isn’t confined to students, Science Magazine recently ran a contest for subscribers which shows just how much we scientists love our pups.

The prize for the top 10 most striking puppy eyes was a real geek prize too – a copy of the hard core science magazine with the top dogs’ picture on the cover – just the one copy you understand, not the entire issue that gets mailed out.

(For those who haven’t seen it, Science is a step more geeky than say, Scientific American.)

Puppy Eyes Contest

The puppy eyes contest began with the discovery/proof that puppies lock eyes with their master or mistress and that creates a two-way bond by releasing oxytocin in both the puppy and the human.

Over 1500 puppy photos were submitted with the pups staring up into the eyes of their master/mistress.

The top dozen or so were posted for member voting.

The winner covers are at:

Science Magazine is the journal of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and is a peer-reviewed collection of scientific papers and weekly news covering every branch of science. The AAAS itself is dedicated to encouraging students to pursue a science education as well as educating the public in various ways.

The magazine also has a special dog “collection” online for new doggy research.

A Scientific Puppy Pose

Considering that ONLY puppies were eligible AND only in a specific pose, getting more than one thousand entries in just a few days shows just how many scientists love dogs.

By the way, my upward facing dog entries, shown above, didn’t win.