10 barking, mewing contestants make the finals for Pet Idol

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The initial field of 250 animals has been shaved down thanks to nearly 600,000 votes, some of which came from as far away as Alaska.

You can practically hear the howls of delight – and of heartache – now that the 10 finalists in The Blade's Pet Idol contest have been named.

The initial field of 250 animals has been shaved down thanks to nearly 600,000 votes, some of which came from as far away as Alaska. (Each ballot could count for up to 50 votes.) The winner will be revealed Wednesday in The Blade, on www.toledoblade.com , and on co-sponsor WTVG-TV, Channel 13.

The 10 finalists are:

Oliver, a mixed-breed dog owned by Kelly Stockner of Perrysburg.

Faith, a part-terrier, part-Sheltie mix owned by Bonnie Matthews of West Toledo.

Diesel, a Siberian husky owned by Kelly Jo Jones of Temperance.

Copper, a bullmastiff owned by Gretchen Sahloff of Swan Creek Township.

Jeran, an Ocicat owned by Maren Madigan of Waterville.

Calley, a pug owned by Cynthia Cromer of Lake Township.

Sissy Girl, a tortoise shell kitten owned by Emily Stanley of West Toledo.

Frankie, a mini-dachshund owned by Angela and John Pappas of Monclova Township.

Ginger Rose, a toy poodle owned by Judy Miller of West Toledo.

Elizabeth, a Himalayan cat owned by Dallas Wahl of North Toledo.

Pet Idol voters have the option of making a donation to support Planned Pethood, Inc. and The Blade's Newspaper in Education program, which encourages literacy and good citizenship to area students through free educational materials, services, and classroom newspapers.

So far, the contest has raised more than $9,000, said Debby Geyer, Newspaper in Education coordinator for The Blade.

"People love their pets. Everything points to that," she said. "We knew it would be a success. … It's been a lot of fun."

Source: The Blade

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