Meet the finalists of our #upwardfacingdog contest

Last month, in response to research revealing that gazing into our dogs’ eyes triggers an oxytocin boost, we asked you to send us photos of your puppy dog eyes. The response was overwhelming! Thanks to all of you who shared your pets with us—we received more than 1500 amazing submissions on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and over e-mail. That left our panel of judges facing one of the hardest decisions they’ve ever had to make: Choosing the top 10 contenders, each of whom will receive a Science cover featuring their pup!

After days of deliberation (and not a few disagreements), our judges finally managed to narrow it down to just 30 pups. Meet our finalists, and stay tuned next week for the announcement of the top 10!