Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd 2016 – Qannik

Yes, yes, yes, it is that time of year again. Time for our annual Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd contest benefitting Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation! And we start with last year’s top fundraiser (raising $354) – the Q-Tip himself!

You mean I am not soft and cuddly when I am coming in feet first?

Don’t I deserve lots of Valentine’s cards?

This year, we are enlisting the help of the awesome Youth of Sarge’s – youth in our community who volunteer their time and efforts to helping the homeless animals in our community. Qannik’s sponsor, Bethany, penned the Q-tip’s nomination speech:

Qannik and Bethany

Qannik and Bethany

My name is Bethany and I am part of Youth for Sarges and I am doing the 3rd annual Thundering Herd Valentine contest. The dog I chose is Qannik (Q-tip). So without further ado, I will tell you about Qannik and why you should vote for us?.

Qannik also known as Q-tip because of his solid white color is the beautiful white Siberian Husky of the Thundering herd.

Things about Qannik: He got Q-tip at the Haywood County Animal Shelter on July 14th, 2007. Mr. Wall wasn’t looking for a dog at the time but some people at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation were talking about Qannik and about how they couldn’t get him for a few days and asked him to go check on him. When Mr. Wall first saw him, he had scars around his neck where a tie out dug in, fly bites on his ears, scrapes on the right of his nose, fur worn away from standing on suspended wire, worn teeth from trying to escape, he had kennel cough, and round worms. Even though Qannik had gone through such abuse, all he could notice at the time was his big tall grin and his sweet face. So needless to say, Qannik went to his forever home with Mr. Wall❤️.

Qannik is so sweet, loving, he will give you lots of kisses! He is a lap dog ( even though he weighs 55 pounds)! He’s also energetic, loves to wrestle, and also loves playing with the herd. He is the color of snow, his original name was snowflake but Mr. Wall sorta changed around snowflake. Qannik is snowflake in Inuit so his name is still snowflake just in a different language! Q-tip is the Omega of the pack despite his vocal protests! He loves to talk! He sleeps in his owners bed after a year of trying to get Natasha to let him sleep on the bed! He rides in the very back of the jeep with Kiska because he loves to look at the people in the cars in front of him! So that’s why i chose Qannik, but the main thing that won me over was the kisses!!! So thank you in advance for whoever will vote for Qannik and I. Have a blessed day!

Yes, Q loves to give kisses and Bethany deserves plenty for that awesome nomination!

Yes, Q loves to give kisses and Bethany deserves plenty for that awesome nomination!

During the course of the next week, you will get to see the nominations for seven other members of The Herd – each sponsored by a member of the Youth of Sarge’s. Supporting a dog – and Sarge’s – is really, really simply. Just mail a Valentine to your favorite member of the Herd at Dog’s Name, The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC, 28751. And, if you want, include a check made out to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation and we will make sure this awesome 501(c)3 organization gets your donation. Yes, 100% of your donations go straight to Sarge’s (which is why we ask you to make your checks payable to them and not us).

And why support Sarge’s?



Auggie, one of the thousands of dogs helped by Sarge’s every year, is an Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) mix female about one year old. She is an absolute gem. Beautiful, smart, loving and sweet. She’ll be a joy to train, and needs an owner who will give her mental and physical challenges.

And, yes, Auggie is currently available for adoption through Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Find their adoption application on their website or call (828) 246-9050 for more information. And, of course, mail a Valentine to any one of us with a donation and 100% of the money will go to Sarge’s to support their year round effort to find dogs and cats permanent homes!

P.S. – Believe it or not, we have received our very first donation before we even started this year’s campaign. Our contribution total is at $10 and we look forward to growing that through every donation! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


  1. All Things Collie on January 19, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I just noticed your last name is Wall! That was my maiden name. And my family was/is from North Carolina. I’ve lost touch with them, wouldn’t it be funny if we were distantly related?

    • The Thundering Herd on January 19, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Always possible, but probably not a North Carolina connection. The family is all from middle Tennessee and has been for a very long time (as in 1800’s).

      • All Things Collie on January 21, 2016 at 11:13 am

        Oh well, it would have been fun if it worked out that way. I had close family members in the Raleigh area, but haven’t seen or heard from them since I was 6 years old. I’ve been trying to find them, but I’m not having much luck.

  2. Mom, Ice 'n Ebby on January 17, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Mom sez: Even though I already know who my vote will be going for, I think Qannik’s “champion” should seriously think about becoming a writer. She has a beautiful flair for writing, and I’m sure she will be a big help in garnering votes for Qannik. Well written, Bethany!

  3. Kristen Buchanan on January 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    So proud of my Bethany and her wonderful article on Q-tip!

  4. carolyn on January 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

    That is a great intro for Qannik! I think Bethany made a wise choice. I love how you are handling this year’s fundraiser,, with the help from the kids and featuring adoptable doggies. I am torn on who to vote for so will wait until all the introductions are made. It is clear that Qannik adores she-who-chose-him. What a sweetheart!

    Thanks for doing this!

  5. Lori on January 17, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Way a beautiful nomination letter! Sweet Q Tip has unite a painful and heartbreaking be history… So grateful for the love-filled life he has with the Herd! ❤️?

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