The 2020 Cadbury Bunny is a special needs dog from Ohio.
The 2020 Cadbury Bunny has been announced, and his name is Lieutenant Dan. a special needs dog from Ohio.
Dog O’Day learned of this news through the Indianapolis TV station WHTR, an NBC affiliate.
According to his contest bio, he was born without either of his back legs, so it makes sense that he would be named after the amputee character from the Winston Groom novel Forrest Gump, who was played by Gary Sinise (Apollo 13, Mission to Mars) in the 1994 film adaption starring Tom Hanks (Toy Story, Saving Mr Banks, Bridge of Spies) and Robin Wright (The Princess Bride).
“The outpouring of support for our Lieutenant Dan was just amazing! We received so many heartwarming messages saying how much joy and inspiration he brings to people’s day,” his owner, Laura Person, said in a press release.
While the contest is sponsored by a candy company known for their chocolate Easter Bunnies, dogs should not eat chocolate if it can be avoided. (Some dogs are sneaky and will inevitably swipe them, however. While milk chocolate, what Easter Bunnies are usually made of, isn’t especially toxic for most dogs, it’s still a bad idea.)
10 finalists were in the running for the honor of being the 2020 Cadbury Bunny, including several cats, a hamster, a miniature horse and a pig. Lieutenant Dan wasn’t the only frontrunner named after a movie character – the llama Ricky Bobby (from Will Ferrell’s movie Talladega Nights) seems to have finished seventh.
In sixth was the only other doggo, a Labrador Retriever from Arizona named Dodger.
Lieutenant Dan is from the Cincinnati area, more specifically the town of New Richmond, Ohio, which is also where the first episode of the Netflix documentary series Dogs takes place.
As the 2020 Cadbury Bunny, Lieutenant Dan will star in his own commercial, and he also won $5,000. Cadbury also donated $10,000 to the ASPCA.