Nursing Home Therapy Dog Named 2022 “Cadbury Bunny”
Easter is just around the corner and chocolate lovers everywhere will be celebrating this year with nursing home therapy dog Annie Rose. How did this Ohio pup earn the coveted role of “spokesbunny” for Cadbury, famous for it’s delicious candy treats?
In 2019, the candy manufacturer launched a contest called the “Cadbury Bunny Tryouts”. The competition invited pet owners from across the United States to submit pictures of their beloved pets wearing bunny ears. This year, the entries were narrowed to 10 finalists by a judging panel and then put to a public vote.
On March 29th Cadbury officially announced that the winner of the 2022 competition is English Doodle Annie Rose from Ohio.
As the “bunny” that received the most votes, Annie Rose was awarded the title of Cadbury Bunny complete with her own Cadbury Clucking Bunny commercial, $5000 prize money, and, of course, bragging rights. Past winners of the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts were Henri the English Bulldog (2019), two-legged coonhound Lieutenant Dan (2020), and Betty the Tree Frog (2021).
With the events of the last 2 years, it seems fitting that we would be celebrating a pup that brought so much joy to residents of Ohio nursing homes. When the COVID-19 restrictions made it so that Annie Rose couldn’t enter the facilities the way that she traditionally had, she didn’t let it slow her down. Instead, she moved her visits outside where she would greet the residents through their windows.
“We can’t thank everyone enough for voting for our very own Annie Rose and making her the next Cadbury Bunny, especially her doodle families and friends who went over and beyond,” said Annie Rose’s proud owner Lori R. “Our community rallied behind and supported her just as she has for them for years as a therapy dog. All of us are still shocked by the news but can’t wait to get Annie Rose those iconic Cadbury Bunny ears.”
In addition to the prizes and recognition that Annie Rose has received, she was also able to earn a donation for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As part of the contest, Cadbury committed to donating $5,000 plus an additional $5,000 for every 5,000 votes up to a total donation of $20,000.
“A huge thanks goes out to all of the amazing contestants that made selecting this year’s top 10 so difficult and a big congratulations to our newest Cadbury Bunny, Annie Rose,” stated Teal Liu, Cadbury Brand Manager in the official press release. “From cats and dogs to sugar gliders and hedgehogs, cuteness and creativity was not in short supply when it came to this year’s finalists.”
While the 2022 contest is now officially over, pet owners are encouraged to start thinking ahead to next year. Watch for sales on bunny ears following Easter this year, or you can make your own to suit your pet’s needs. For more information, check out the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts 2022 Contest Official Rules.
Britt Kascjak is a proud pet mom, sharing her heart (and her home) with her “pack” which includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx. She has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the country camping, hiking, and canoeing with her pets.
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