After a 10-year hiatus, Durham’s Top Dog contest returned this year – and the winner is … Jade.
The Top Dog, a 3-year-old German Shepard, belongs to Annmarie Beaudry, and their family includes Jade’s brothers and sisters Cloud, Echo, Holly, Rebel and Winter.
The Top Dog was selected at random from the 500-plus pups who were registered with the town in June.
“When the town called, I got nervous because I knew that I paid all my taxes, Beaudry joked.
“I have people contacting me on Facebook asking if I breed Jade,” she said.
The answer to that query is: No.
Another person reached out to Beaudry disappointed that one of their canines didn’t earn Top Dog.
“I told them all dogs are winners. They have you and have a loving home, so that makes them a winner,” Beaudry said. “I am not prejudiced against any breeds. I love all of them.”
Durham’s Top Dog contest had been sidelined since local girl Brenna Zettergren’s pooch Duncan earned the distinction a decade ago. Brenna was battling leukemia at the time, and would die from the disease.
“I just didn’t have the heart to hold another Top Dog contest,” said Town Clerk Kim Garvis, who would save “the No. 1 tag each year” for Duncan.
After 10 years, however, Garvis felt the time was right to reintroduce Top Dog.
Jade, this year’s winner, earned a gift basket which included the No. 1 tag for 2022-2023, a gift certificate to Brenda’s Main Street Feed, a selection of dog treats and toys, and more.