I'd almost but not quite forgotten about the dates for the Gund Top Dog Contest. I did not enter Elka, though I did vote for Desmond!
The winner, though, isn't Desmond (sorry buddy). The winner does make me smile, though! He's Johnny Justice, one of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. I read about the Vick dogs in Jim Gorant's book The Lost Dogs, and am always happy to see positive things about them in the news.
Johnny Justice is a beautiful (handsome, sorry) boy! He now lives in his forever home in California, as discussed ni the Parade article Can You Teach a Bad Dog New Tricks?