Beau remains champion of Portland’s Valentine’s Day Canine Kissing Contest

Posted Feb. 13, 2013, at 5:17 a.m.
Linda Walton of Saco gets a winning 45-second smooch from her 12-year-old dog Beau Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013 at the 9th Annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland.
Linda Walton of Saco gets a winning 45-second smooch from her 12-year-old dog Beau Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013 at the 9th Annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland. Buy Photo
Defending champion, Beau, along with owner Linda Walton, won the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013.
Defending champion, Beau, along with owner Linda Walton, won the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013. Buy Photo
Noni Houck, 11, and her dog Lady relax before competing in the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013.
Noni Houck, 11, and her dog Lady relax before competing in the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013. Buy Photo
Eventual second and third place finishers Sunny (left) and Django get to know each other before the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 13, 2013.
Eventual second and third place finishers Sunny (left) and Django get to know each other before the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 13, 2013. Buy Photo
Jennifer Lyford and Bingley get ready to smooch in the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013.
Jennifer Lyford and Bingley get ready to smooch in the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013. Buy Photo
Derek Federico gets a shot of Maxx before the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013.
Derek Federico gets a shot of Maxx before the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013. Buy Photo
Maxx, a contestant in the ninth annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland, sports a lipstick kiss in each ear Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013.
Maxx, a contestant in the ninth annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland, sports a lipstick kiss in each ear Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013. Buy Photo
Travis Smith puckers up for his dog Ziggy at the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013.
Travis Smith puckers up for his dog Ziggy at the 9th annual Valentine's Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland Tuesday night Feb. 12, 2013. Buy Photo

PORTLAND, Maine — Beau, a humble-looking 12-year-old Yorkie and dachshund mix, was crowned the winner and still champion of the ninth annual Valentine’s Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland on Tuesday night.

Beau’s winning, unbroken smooch with owner Linda Walton of Saco lasted 45.8 seconds. It was a little off the pace of nearly a minute he set last year, but still good enough to lick the competition.

Second place went to Sunny, a Staffordshire terrier, and owner Casey Mountain with a time of 16.8 seconds. Third was lapped up by a dog named Django and owner Erik Boucher, who locked lips for 11.7 seconds.

For their winning effort, Walton and Beau were awarded a $75 gift certificate to the Planet Dog store. Walton donated most of her winnings to the runners-up.

Planet Dog is a Portland-based designer, developer and retailer of dog products.

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