Best of Milwaukee 2017: Pets

Meet the winner of our Milwaukee’s Cutest Frenchie contest, plus the best dog dining



In the beginning, Petunia, a French bulldog, was the runt of the litter. Her breeder didn’t expect her to grow much beyond 20 pounds. Nevertheless, at five months, the cream-colored puppy seized a high honor: Milwaukee’s Cutest Frenchie, in a vote Milwaukee Magazine organized at Bastille Days in July. Petunia (Tunie for short), so relaxed that she dozed off during her crowning, faced fierce competition, including a Frenchie dressed in a striped shirt to match his owner’s. Controversy arose over Petunia’s perceived cuteness advantage as a puppy, but owner Paige Smith, a nurse, feels confident that all the dogs got a fair shake. “The people voted,” she says.

Best Dining for Dogs:

Dog Menu at DiModa Pizza

Dog-friendly outdoor patios are great, but don’t you feel guilty eating a delicious meal while your pooch has a bowl of water? DiModa Pizza (1758 N. Water St.) has a canine menu that includes a Puparoni Pizza, plus Bowser Beer to wash it down.

Best of Milwaukee 2017


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‘Best of 2017’ appears in the October 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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