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Back in May we banned cats from Pop Photo. And with good reason. It seems that everyone with a cat and a camera felt the need to inflict their bad photos on us. Some thought our ban was mean-spirited, but, really, we had everyone’s best interest in mind. The unphotogenic felines, misguided photographers, and innocent viewers were suffering from photos like the one at left.

We gave cats one last chance, though, and asked you to send us a cat photo that would change our minds. A few, like the one below by Garry Tan, almost convinced us.

Click here to see a gallery of all the shots that readers sent in to lift the ban.

In the end though, it wasn’t a cat photo that made us decide after nearly three cat-free months to finally lift the ban. It was a dog.