And The Winner Is . . .

We thank everyone for entering our 1000th post contest.  We had a lot of fun and learned about a lot of great animal charities.  As we said, each comment added one chance to your mentioned charity, so here is the final list of nominees:

Joplin Humane Society – 43 Nominations

Texas Husky Rescue – 24

Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston – 18

Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue in Nebraska – 15

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation – 12

Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue – 12

Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption – 10

BAD RAP – Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls – 9

MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue and Referral Services – 9

Australian Animal Protection Society – 7

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary – 6

Charleston Animal Society – 6

Louisville Weimaraner Rescue – 6

Oregon Greyhound Adoption – 6

Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida – 6

Arizona Golden Retriever Connection – 4

Adopt-A-Husky – 3

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue – 3

Husky Camp Siberian Rescue – 3

Paws and Stripes – 3

Southern Siberian Rescue – 2

SPCA of York County (PA) – 2

Animal Haven – 1

Akita Rescue of Western NY – 1

Asians for Humans, Animal, and Nature – 1

Bay Area Siberian Husky – 1

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance – 1

Buddy Foundation – 1

Carolina ACD Rescue and Rebound – 1

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue – 1

Dawson Creek British Columbia Society for the Prevention for the Cruelty of Animals – 1

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals – 1

Freedom Rescue – 1

Ginger’s Pet Rescue – 1

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies – 1

Hairy Houdini Siberian Rescue – 1

Harnessed to Hope Northern Breed Rescue – 1

Husky House – 1

MUSH Rescue – Siberian Rescue of Atlanta – 1

Red Door Animal Shelter – 1

Second Chance Animal Shelter of Killeen, Texas – 1

Therapy Dogs International – 1

Winnipeg Human Society – 1

With all of the nominations in, we took a piece of paper and noted each entry (so a charity named several times had several pieces of paper).  And the Herd helped us select the finalists.


Cheoah found her finalist quickly and was reluctant to give it up to the humans.

Qannik also found his selection with speed (and tried to eat it).

Rusty found his piece of paper to be quite entertaining (are any of you surprised that Rusty turned it into a game?).

Kodiak said he wanted a belly rub rather than hunt for a finalist.

But he did go to work and make his choice.

Kiska also insisted on a belly rub as payment for that difficult work that was being asked of her.

And when she made her selection, she took it into her cave for safe keeping.

And, finally, the Queen made her nomination.

The hu-dad had his finalists, but was distracted by Natasha's shedding fur - so he spent a few minutes plucking Sibe fur before selecting our winner.

With the six finalists selected, the hu-dad selected one.  The winner is . . .

Joplin Humane Society – Nominated by The Op Pack

So, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara (oh – and Op Humans), a donation of $50 will be made in your honor to the Joplin Humane Society!

Thanks again to everyone for participating.

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  1. Pup Fan on June 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I love the selection process! 🙂

  2. The Bleu on June 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Congrats to the Joplin Humane Society!!! And a hearty thank you to our good friends, The OP Pack their kind and thoughtful nomination!

    To you, The Herd and Hu-Dad, thank you for this wonderful way to highlight different rescue groups around the nation, as well as ALL the ways you support rescue! I think you know… We are huge fans of yours!

    with love from the Bleu, the Mom and also the rascal Reufus

  3. Fiona on June 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Yay! And congratulations on the 1,000th post!!! Heehee. We liked the process – life is a journey, not a destination, right? 😉

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  4. Lorenza on June 5, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Congratulations on your 1000th post!
    Congratulations to the OP Pack!
    Congratulations to the Joplin Humane Society!
    Kisses and hugs

  5. NCMountainwoman on June 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I think the Herd should count the votes in Florida’s next election! Great shots of the process.

  6. HUSKYS RULE on June 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Loved that The Herd caught to put their “two paws” in!!! Congrats to Joplin Humane Society!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  7. Sam on June 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Hi! Sam here from the blog hop! Congratulations to the Joplin Humane Society and the Op Pack! And to you guys too! I love the pictures of everybody making their choices!

  8. Sammie and Avalon on June 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    We’re just back from a hiatus and so love this post! What an incredibly worthy charity and cool winnahs! ( we also love the OPs!) You are so cool to have sponsored a “contest” like this – kudos to you and the Herd and what a super job they did, picking the top choice – wonderful!
    Sammie and Avalon

  9. Sagira on June 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    YEAHHH! OP Pack, they totally deserve it. Happy 1000 post again, this awesome. 🙂

  10. Ryker on June 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    he he, love the selection process!

  11. Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara on June 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    We are very happy for the Joplin Humane Society – we know the donation will be put to great use. We would like to thank all of your other commenters who also supported this organization. Every group that was nominated was so very worthy. Congrats on your 100th post.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  12. Rocco on June 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I am sure glad the winner was Joplin! Those pups and kitties sure could
    use the help!

  13. Lisa alias Sitka's Mom on June 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    That was such a cute way to pick the winner. The photos are also very cute and show The Herd personalities!
    Glad you had so much fun with your contest and although every shelter/rescue really needs donations I think a great winner was chosen!

  14. FiveSibesMom on June 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Now that is THE best way to select a winner! Great job and woos to The Herd for a job well done! What a wonderful way to celebrate your 1,000th post with those pawed ones less fortunate in Joplin. And again, congrats on your blogging achievement! Happy Saturday!

  15. The Army of Four on June 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Great pick! You guys are awesome to do this!

  16. Stumpy and me on June 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Thank DOG you have such great help to make such a difficult choice. Thanks, too, for helping animals.

    Happy, Waggin’ Tails, FUREVER!
    Stumpy and me

  17. Cherie K. Miller on June 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Absolutely loved your contest judges for working so hard on this one!

    Stopping by on the blog hop today – check out my video about the tornadoes that hit the south. I volunteer at the Etowah Valley Humane Society and we have 5 dogs that were left homeless – Hoss, Heidi, Dozer and Goldie & Marley. They all need homes…

    Thanks for sharing

  18. Sam on June 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

    …and it let us post today! Yay! 😀

    Sam’s Mom

  19. Sam on June 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations to the winning animal org, and congratulation on your 1000th post!


  20. Niko and daniel on June 4, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Excellent selection process! I wouldn’t have ever thought to get the dogs involved that way… Have a super weekend!


  21. houndstooth on June 4, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I thought you were going to say that you were finally going to mail the pile of floof to the winner! lol

    I think you chose a very worthy cause, well, they all were, so you couldn’t have chosen a bad one! I know the devastation in Joplin is unbelievable right now. We have some friends in Search and Rescue who are down there right now searching for survivors and they’ve sent some really unbelievable pictures. That donation will really help!

  22. Khyra on June 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

    How furry furry furry furry furry furry special!

    Khongrats on the furst K –

    AND how khool The OP KS Pakhk nomination of Joplin was the lukhky pull!

    Akhtually, we furst HERD about the tornado that evening from them –

    Happy Weekend!


  23. The Sprollies 'n' Border Collies on June 4, 2011 at 4:13 am

    That was a very through ending to the contest! Congrats to the OP pack!

  24. Sierra Rose on June 4, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Happy 1000th post! Great contest, and fantastic entries! Love the selection process…and snacking 🙂

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  25. siku marie on June 4, 2011 at 1:16 am

    What an incredibly scientific process with such able assistants. All of the candidates were most worthy but certainly the animals of Joplin have a special need…Congratulations to them and to the OP Pack for being their advocate!

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