Annie Rose, an English doodle from Ohio, is the 2022 Cadbury Bunny. As a therapy dog, she is no stranger to the spotlight.
The fourth annual Cadbury Bunny Tryouts just took place, and an English doodle named Annie Rose won first place. The rising star is a therapy dog from Ohio. She will now have the opportunity to feature in her own 2022 Cadbury Clucking Bunny commercial. She also took home a first place prize of $5,000. In a press statement released on Tuesday, The Hershey Company shared all the details of Annie Rose's win. It also shared that the pup is absolutely no stranger to the spotlight. Indeed, she played a crucial role in nursing homes when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, PEOPLE Magazine reports.
Meet your newest Cadbury Bunny, Annie Rose from Cincinnati! 😍🐶— WLWT (@WLWT) March 29, 2022
Annie Rose, a 3-year-old Cincinnati English Goldendoodle, is a therapy dog who visits nursing homes doing therapy work, has been named the 2022 Cadbury Bunny. https://t.co/mBesKio3mI pic.twitter.com/wOIDrf0cfy
According to the news release, Annie Rose would make trips to nursing homes by visiting residents outside their windows, bringing joy to all the residents. The dog's extended family is one of the reasons for her win, as her owner Lori R., noted. "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," she stated. "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."
This was a particularly special edition of the competition, as this year, the event included a judges panel. The past winners of the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts—Henri the English Bulldog, special needs canine Lieutenant Dan, and Betty the Tree Frog—made up the panel, which chose the tryout's top 10 finalists. Of the selected 10 finalists, the public then voted on their favorite furry friends. The pet with the highest amount of votes was chosen to become the new Cadbury bunny. It looks like Annie Rose is quite a popular pup!
In addition to her win, the English doodle even helped raise money for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The press statement read, "This year, the brand put out a call to action for votes, promising to donate $5,000 to the ASPCA, an additional $5,000 for every incremental 5,000 votes received, up to a total donation of $20,000 and America responded, helping the brand reach its goal." The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws that protect animals, and share resources with shelters across the United States.
If you’ve ever seen pictures of Annie Rose, you know she’s the right bunny… errrr… dog for the job. Congrats! https://t.co/JvcfFJaGiP— Bob Herzog (@Bob_Herzog) March 29, 2022
Teal Liu, a brand manager at Cadbury, shared some closing comments about this year's competition. "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," she said as per the news release. "From cats and dogs to sugar gliders and hedgehogs, cuteness and creativity were not in short supply when it came to this year's finalists." Below, you can check out just how adorable Annie Rose is as the 2022 Cadbury Bunny.