Last spring we put a call out for a dog who would make a special cover dog. We were seeking a mixed-breed dog who possessed a special spirit and a certain joie de vivre. We received over 4,000 submissions from around the country—big and small dogs, Hounds and Shepherds, Retrievers and Terriers. The Bark editors and representatives from our contest sponsor, Wisdom Panel, took up the near impossible task of narrowing down a group of 20 finalists, then whittling that number to a top five, before selecting the winning pup. Meet Caesar, a 50-pound one-year-old who loves food, swimming, tennis balls and snuggling, who started life in Tennessee. When he was two months old, he and his littermates were transported to New York for fostering and adoption. And this is where he got lucky.