Portland, June 27th, 2013. Dog of all ages, shapes, sizes and personalities competed for the coveted title of Portland’s Next TopDog Model. Finalists walked the runway and the judges selected one Large Dog and one Small Dog TopDog Model. Tail wags of congratulations to Barley, Portland’s Next TopDog Model (Large Dog), on the left and Sachi, on the right who won the titles of Portland’s Next TopDog Model. “Portland’s Next Top Dog Model” won prize packages with goodies valued at over $1,000 and will be invited to special events and TV appearances to represent the Oregon Humane Society in the community.
The audience also got to select their favorites.
This annual event is a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society.
Doggie contestants desiring to become Portland’s Next TopDog Model are divided into two categories: small dogs (under 30 lbs.) and large dogs (30 lbs. and over). Judges select 12 small dog finalists and 12 large dog finalists from the entries received. During the finale judging event, one dog from each group will be selected as the big winner and earn the coveted title.
The Finalists were:
- Bobo, Maltipoo, 8 years, Parent: Erin
- Bruno, Cockapoo, 2 years, Parent: Lauren
- Coco, Miniature Schnauzer, 1 year, Parents: Karla & Nancy
- Finian (Finn), Terrier-Pug-Chihuahua-Spaniel, 2.5 years, Parent: Darcy
- Finnegan, Jack Russell Terrier Mix, 2 years, Parent: Chandra
- Posh, Yorkie, 3 years, Parents: Mike & Kristan
- Milo, Long-haired Chihuahua mix, 1.5 years, Parent: Laura
- Miss Sadie Mercedes, Beabull (beagle/English bulldog), 6 years, Parent: Ryan
- Sachi, Mini Aussie/Sheltie, 1.5 years, Parent: Jennifer
- Tucker, Chihuahua mix, 3 years, Parents: Heidi & Devon
- Tully, French Bulldog, 3 years, Parent: Kris
- Zelda, pug, 1 year, Parent: Jaime
- Barley, Mixed-Up Pup, 3 years, Parent: Elma
- Bourbon Boudreaux “Bubba”, Chocolate Lab, 8.5 years, Parent: Kim
- Casey, Australian Labradoodle, 5 months, Parent: Jen
- Gomer, St. Bernard, 2 years, Parents: Julia & Kerry
- Henry, Great Dane, 1.5 years, Parent: Jane
- Lowell, Yellow Lab, 2 years, Parent: Kim
- Luna, Siberian Husky, 1.5 years, Parents: Mercedes & Zahne
- Noah, Great Pyrenees/Maremma Sheepdog/Giant Schnauzer mix, 6-7 years, Parent: Terry
- Raven, Border Collie, 4 years, Parents: Shawna & Angel
- Rogue, Doberman, 2.5 years, Parent: Sarah
- Samson, Golden Retriever, 7 years, Parent: Ann
- Sophie Bear, Chow Chow, 6 years, Parents: Bill & Matthew
The panel of celebrity judges for the final competition includes Betty Norrie, member of the OHS Board of Trustees; Helen Raptis, host of AMNW on KATU; Kimberly Maus, anchor for KPTV; Mitch Elliot, host for 105.1 fm The Buzz; and Sheryl Stewart, host for 105.1 fm The Buzz. Andy Carson from KPTV will provide plenty of laughs as emcee of the event.
Prizes, Titles, and More for the Winners
All finalists received gift bags valued at over $100, and the two dogs named “Portland’s Next Top Dog Model” won prize packages with goodies valued at over $1,000 and will be invited to special events and TV appearances. Two Fan Favorites were also selected from the participants, and these competitors also received prize baskets.
The mission of the Oregon Humane Society is:
To foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.
Portland, February 27th, 2013. The highlight of the 2013 Heroes Luncheon was the presentation of the Diamond Collar Awards. Sydney Knab had a chance to hold Bella, a rescue dog which was adopted by Janet McQuiston. The Oregon Humane Society spotlighted heroic people and pets and the benefit luncheon raised $160,000.
Animal heroes can be those pets who have acted to save a human or animal life in peril, who have performed services within the community with undying loyalty, or who have overcome incredible odds to survive. Human heroes can be those who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals, exhibiting courage and compassion in the pursuit of animals’ well-being in Oregon.
From the Oregon Humane Society:
Our mission is to foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.
Portland, June 29th. Amidst a competitive field of adorable and talented dogs, two were crowned Portland’s Next TopDog Models. Moby, the white standard poodle who won in the large dog category, sports “elegantly goofy Rasta-poodle dreadlocks.” (Photo Credit, Leslie Zemenek) He’s helping to Keep Portland Weird with his unique style and energy. The sixth annual “Portland’s Next TopDog Model” at Hotel Monaco, on S.W. Washington is a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society and drew a sellout crowd of over 200 people cheering on their favorite dogs.
Andy Carson emceed this quirky contest. Honored judges were Mitch Elliott, Sheryl Stewart, Helen Raptis, Kimberly Maus, and Betty Norrie. From the 24 finalists, the celebrity panel of six judges also selected Dexter, a 10-year-old Dachshund/terrier-mix and Oregon Humane society alumnus, as the winner of the small dog category (Dexter is pictured at top left).
The finalists, chosen from more than 200 applications, were judged on style, personality, and runway attitude as they strutted along the “dogwalk” at the Hotel Monaco.
Each dog also had to answer a series of lifestyle questions. Dexter, a handsome Dachshund/terrier mix with endless love for his toys, goes by the motto, “Keep calm and carry a tennis ball.” Dexter is determined to enjoy an active lifestyle throughout his golden years. Dexter appeared at the 2011 TopDog Model event, not as a competitor, but as an adoptable dog visiting from OHS. Dexter’s now-forever-family saw him at the event and adopted him shortly after, making this TopDog a double success story.
The event raised an estimated $7,000 for the animals at OHS.
The event was sponsored by LexiDog Boutique & Social Club and the Hotel Monaco.
Story submitted by Rebecca Ramach for OHS.