And The Telegram’s 2013 Pet of the Year is ... Pet number 10, Tobey.
Tobey, a two-year-old Shih Tzu owned by John Salamone, of Herkimer, garnered 5,940 votes to take top honors in the contest, earning his photo — wearing sunglasses and seated on a motorcycle — on the cover and January page of The Telegram’s 2013 pet calendar, as well as a smaller copy of his photo appearing on the calendar page for each month.
Salamone described Tobey as having “human eyes” and said he likes to run and play.
“He’s a great companion and I would recommend this breed of dog,” he said.
Other pets that will be appearing in the 2013 calendar are as follows:
Jake, second place with 4,540 votes. This dog was entered by DeAndra Rigo, of Herkimer;
Holly, third place with 3,620 votes, entered by Mary Holmes of West Winfield;
Mya Maley, fourth place with 3,500 votes, entered by Steve and Heather Maley, of Frankfort;
Buddy, fifth place with 3,310 votes, a cat entered by Steven Malara Jr., of Frankfort;
Schatz, sixth place with 2,150 votes, entered by Tom and Sharon Lanza, of Herkimer;
Zack, seventh place with 2,121 votes, entered by Frank and Betty Dolan of Ilion;
Nugget, eighth place with 1,800 votes, entered by Kari Darling and Jeremy Conant, of Mohawk;
Toby, ninth place with 1,578 votes, entered by Hollie Raux, of Ilion;
Caesar, 10th place with 1,510 votes, entered by Allen and Mary Ann Thornton, of Frankfort;
Rogers Sweet Brown Blitzen, 11th place with 1,450 votes, entered by Jean Rogers of Mohawk.
Sophia and Rosie, 12th place with 1,300 votes, entered by the Nearys, of Ilion.
Proceeds support the Telegram’s Newspapers in Education program.
Votes, in the form of dime-a-vote donations, were cast by bringing or mailing in donations and voting coupons that appeared in the newspaper to the office in Herkimer.
The NIE program was developed to enable educators to help use the newspaper as a resource. Newspapers are placed in area classrooms during the school year.
“It provides a living textbook and learning tool for students,” said Telegram Publisher Beth Brewer.