Sarge’s Downtown Dog Walk – 2010 – The Winners!

And now for the really fun part of the Walk with The Herd Contest for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation – announcing the winners.

The grand prize winners are obvious – the dogs and cats that will be saved from euthanasia and will find forever homes because of the fantastic work that Sarge’s does.  They are driving down the euthanasia rates at our local shelter in a dramatic way and we are incredibly proud of their work (especially Cheoah, Qannik and Ruby – all of whom came to us via Sarge’s).

The whole story is that Sarge’s lost one of their $5,000 sponsors and they were very afraid that they would fall short of last year’s accomplishment.  Coupled with a tight economy, they needed the many “smaller” donors to come through.  And did they.  Despite losing that key sponsor, Sarge’s was still able nearly to raise the same amount as last year’s Dog Walk – almost $25,000.  As the single largest fundraiser every year, the success of this walk fundraiser is critical to their goals.

And The Herd is very proud – VERY PROUD – of their readers who stepped up.  Ready for this?  Thanks to your terrific generosity, The Herd was $1,110 of that total number.  When we started the contest, we told the people at Sarge’s that we might only raise a few dollars, but we would do it anyway.  $1,110.  We are very humbled and thank you.

Ok – and to the winners.  A twist – we have TWO runner-up prizes we are adding to the drawings.  We received these beautiful duffle bags as prizes for being the team that raised the second most amount of money (yep – a team beat us AND an individual raised more money and was the top fund raiser – what awesome people they all are).  We thought it only fitting to put these prizes into the drawing.

Perfect for carrying all of your canine supplies!

With a cool embroidered patch on the side!

The TWO runners-up are – Becky of Merritt Island, Florida and Carolyn of Brevard, NC ( – a terrific blog with two awesome Golden Retrievers, Ellie and Lucy, and lots of stories of our beautiful mountains).  Check your mail in the next few days for your package.

The picture of the Grand Prize will come shortly, since it will need to be created.  As promised, we are taking a picture of The Herd walking with the banner and, through the magic of PhotoShop (which the hu-dad now must learn how to do – chuckle), the winner will be walking with us.  That picture will be placed on a t-shirt and mailed to the winner.  Cool, huh?  The winner is – Daniela and Shawnee the Shepherd of Rahway, NJ ( – another trail hiking canine!).

Again, thanks to everyone for making this event so much fun.  We had a blast with it and look forward to next year.


  1. haley on October 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    i have a hybred wolf. his name is wolfie. he howls at the moon and sings and says momma,too. he’s really smart . to me he’s the best dog in the world. we had to sel,l him . then he lived in soddy-daisy. but two days later, the people that bought him called and said he was lost. the next day we were walking down this road . we stoped be couse we heard this dog say momma! we didnt see the dog. but i knew who it was. wolfie! the bushes started to shake and then out came wolfie. he had ran away to come back home. after that my parents let me keep him and i still have him know . as i am writing this he is by my side . and forever we will be!

  2. Kari on August 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Congrats to the winners!

    Don’t forget, we moved to

  3. Mochi on August 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Wow! $1,110 is awesome! 🙂

    Congrats to the winners!!! 🙂


  4. Dakota and Georgia on August 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Congratulations on such successful fundraising. You have inspired us to get more involved with our local SPCA and do our part.


  5. Holly and Khady on August 20, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Congrats to the winners! We can’t wait to see the finished photo!

    What an awesome job you all did raising money! That is totally pawsome!

    Holly and Khady

  6. Life With Dogs on August 20, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I am thrilled to know both winners, and even more psyched that you raised so much money for the cause. Just brilliant.

    BTW, I’m happy to help with PS if you get stuck. 🙂

  7. Lorenza on August 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Kisses and hugs

  8. The Luke on August 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Big Congratulations to ALL the Winners!!! There is no more noble cause than Rescue!!!

    Sarge’s is a wonderful organization, but it is you, The Funderin Herd, who have helped me form a bond wif the great folks there!

    It was an honor to share in this great event! I love love LOVE the Herd photos!

    Hu-Dad control is impressive. Please to not allow transfer of knowledge to the Mom, on a counta… Hello! Just sayin.

    wif love from the Luke

  9. siku marie on August 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    High fives all around…to Sarge’s for the wonderful work they do and the lives they save…to the Herd for their fundraising efforts and generosity of spirit…to everyone who participated for making it possible to continue in a tight economy to keep up this important mission…to our wonderful blog community who is the most amazingly supportive and caring group of two- and four-leggeds by any standard. Here’s to the Power of the Paw!

  10. Steve & Kat on August 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Way to go pups! $1100+ is nothing to sneeze at and we are proud of you. Maybe next year we can walk too if we can get our humans to drive us down there. It’s not far now!


  11. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart on August 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    That’s so awesome. Congrats on mustering that much $$ for Sarge’s, and congrats to the winners.

  12. Huffle Mawson on August 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Mum says she knows a bit about photoshop and can maybe help you. I say well done on raising such an impressive amount of money!

  13. sychoberians on August 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    You guys do good work, way to go.

  14. gus, louie and callie on August 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Oh we are so proud of you all.. Congrad’s on your big win for all those pups…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  15. KB on August 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Way to go Herd!! You are awesome, raising all that money to rescue dogs. I was glad to be part of it!

  16. AC on August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Cheers all around for a successful event! And what a cool grand prize Daniela has coming her way!

  17. The OP Pack on August 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Congrats on such an outstanding accomplishment!!! Awesome. And congrats to the winners – lucky dogs:)

    And when you figure out photoshop, can you tell the Momster about it – she is working hard at it, but it is not easy.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  18. Sagira on August 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    What a wonderful cause. Congrats to the winners. I’m jealous, those bags are NICE!

  19. Stella on August 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    What a terrific day you all had. 25 grand is huge and I am thrilled that Sarges (with your help!) did it!



  20. NCMountainwoman on August 19, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Awesome! The folks at Sarge’s had it right…Herd fans rock! How wonderful that you raised so much money for a great cause.

    And thanks for the kind words about my blog. ‘Scuse me, I gotta go buy a lottery ticket. Never won anything in my life!

  21. Becky on August 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Congratulations to The Thundering Herd for their fundraising for such a great cause. AND thanks to The Herd for my runner-up prize – how absolutely wonderful! You guys and gals rock!!!

  22. Sonic on August 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

    You guys are heroes! I can’t believe you guys raised so much money! It’s so wonderful that there are people like you and Sarge doing so much for dogs who weren’t lucky enough to already have a forever home.

    HEROES, I tell you!


  23. Sonic on August 19, 2010 at 10:55 am


    You guys are really something else! I think the appropriate term is HEROIC!

    It’s truly something special that you and Sarge have saved so many fellow dogs!


  24. Huskys Rule on August 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Congrats to the winners:-) Awesome job for everyone coming together & helping Sarge’s so they save more furry ones!!!!!!!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  25. Shawnee the Shepherd on August 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

    OMD! OMD! OMD! I wonned?!?!?!?!?! How pawsome! Thank you fur the congratulashuns commenties and I send my congratulashuns to the udder winners and to the Herd fur such a fine job of collecting so much monies!

  26. Nico and The Bandit on August 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Can’t believe how much money y’all raised–awesome!

  27. Sam on August 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

    How wonderful! We are glad that Sarge met their goal – in this economy, so many of the dog rescues are suffering!


  28. Busy Buttons on August 19, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Mom & I did the “Mutt Strut” for our local humane society this year and raised a little over $200. The Herd raised 5 times as much! That’s really amazing. And all for such a great cause. Congrats!

  29. Houndstooth on August 19, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I am not surprised that so many people wanted to help a group that was so great to The Herd. What I can’t believe is that somebody raised even more money. I wonder what they did for a fundraiser! Kudos to you for doing such a great job and to The Herd for being on their best behavior (although, I admit, I’d have enjoyed a good tale of misbehavior)!

    Congratulations to Shawnee! We love reading about her hiking adventures and are secretly envious of the Shawnee Cam!

  30. El'bow & Hauwii on August 19, 2010 at 6:04 am

    this is AWSOME 😀
    congrats to the winners 😀
    love the walking photo’s

    El’bow & Hauwii

  31. Teddy Bear on August 19, 2010 at 3:21 am

    That is pawesome!!! Congrats to the winners!:)

    Teddy Bear

  32. Khyra on August 19, 2010 at 1:38 am

    How khool fur the winners and fur Shawnee!!!

    Pawe$$$$$ome work!

    We khan’t wait fur next year!

    Khyra and Khousin Merdie
    PeeEssWoo: Woo khan always send some of my magikh phloof too!
    PeePeeEssWoo: Mom’s transport on Sunday is a Brittany 1 y/o girl AND a ‘puppy’ khoming from Ashville – the pup is from Brother Wolf

    • D.K. Wall on August 19, 2010 at 5:45 am

      We see Brother Wolf adoption days all of the time around here.

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