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Canine 2016 Wiggy Award Winners Named #WigglebuttsUncorked

Wiggy Awards 2016

The fundraising arm of the Fidose of Reality blog is Wigglebutt Warriors. On Saturday, April 16th, almost 200 people, 60 dogs, and one cat came together in the name of dog and fundraising for homeless canines in need for Wigglebutts Uncorked. Well, the Wiggy Awards capped the night off!

Brotherhood Winery served as the venue for the gala, which benefited NYC Second Chance Rescue. Receipts are being tallied, donations are being added up, and we will have a full report, a look behind the scenes, and some fabulous photos and videos to share.

Wiggy Award winners

2016 Wiggy Award Winners Named

During the Wigglebutts Uncorked gala, awards were given out in a variety of categories.  Animal Planet’s Andrea Arden hosted the festivities as our celebrity emcee.

What is a Wiggy Award?

The Wiggys are awards that honor dogs (and cats) in a variety of categories and celebration of giving back. This year’s Wiggy Awards are sponsored by My Pet Harmony.

How Are Wiggy Award Winners Selected?

Judges make their way around the gala ballroom to select their winners. Several attendees are chosen at random and each given one or two categories to judge. In other cases, the Wigglebutt Warriors founders select the winners in certain categories such as Traveled the Farthest.

The 2016 Wiggy Award Winners

Here are the winners as they were selected. Photographs courtesy Juli Dritz Cialone of Cialone Photography:

Best Dressed Male:  Ace of Marlene Ness

Cocker Spaniel wins WIggy Award


Best Dressed Female: Nevada of Terry St. Angelo

Cute dog wins Wiggy Award

Any Species Other Than Dog: Coco the Couture Cat of Teri Thorsteinson

Cat wins award

Cutest Mutt Award: Zoey of Jason Diehl and Dawn Webster

Cutest mutt award


Best Wigglebutt: Coco O’Neill, rescued by NYC Second Chance Rescue

Coco Oneill wins award


Outstanding Rescue Pet: Landis of Ryan Vayo

Pit bull wins award

Friendliest Dog Award:Poppy of Kim Kiernan

Cocker spaniel wins award

Best Dressed Duo: This award goes to the best dressed pet parent and pet in attendance this evening: Lisa Coplin Kerner with Rose and Viki Anders with Kismet:

Pugs win award

Traveled the Farthest: Lorien Clemens from Washington state

Lorien Clemens award

Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year: This award goes to someone who goes above and beyond to help save dogs’ lives. The person must exemplify the Wigglebutt Warriors slogan which is “Crusading to Save Dogs’ Lives”

We have a 3-way tie this year, for the first time ever!!

The first Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year is: June Myers of Oklahoma, who gives so tirelessly to dogs in need: From volunteering to transport to foster and even foster failure!

June Myers with her late Cocker Spaniel, Buster

And the second Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year is:  Jan Todd, who is also a rescue advocate. She volunteers her time to help dogs in need, transports and fosters, and has an active Justice for Pookie Facebook page.

Jan Todd Wiggy Award

And our third Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year is Regina Mendoza, who is one year has fostered over 120 dogs and helped get them into loving, forever homes!

Regina Mendoza Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year


Event Highlights

CLICK THIS: Susan Nation of Talent Hounds blog traveled from Canada to attend the gala event and here is her report on Wigglebutts Uncorked.

Talent Hounds

Stay tuned for more blog posts all week long recapping the celebration and fun! We will also be growing and doing more, so stay tuned in the coming months for other announcements. Meantime, please support your local rescue or favorite rescue online. Pets in need count on you!

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the dog world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Jan Todd says

    Thank yo so much for this honor. I will continue to do all I can for the animals….Saving Lives One at a Time.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Well, you know, our pets deserve awards too! That show looked like a lot of fun. With all those dogs and cats, I would have had a blast!

  3. Sally Belknap says

    Congratulations to all of the winners, and especially to my friend, June Myers! She is truly a Warrior in a sweet and sassy personality!

  4. Talent Hounds says

    I had such a great time at the Gala Carol. All of these people and dogs are wonderful and I’m so glad they got to take home an award and get recognized for all they do. Can’t wait for the next one!

  5. Rosey says

    OH my goodness how fun! The best dressed female gets lots of awws from me. She’s def. red carpet ready. 🙂

  6. Talent Hounds says

    Just wanted to add thanks for the shout-out, congrats to winners and great job Juli Dritz Cialone of Cialone Photography. I am inspired to improve my camera and skills as these photos are fabulous. Also nice to be reminded the names of all the nice dogs and people I met. I really loved the story of Landis and Baby Joey and Regina. Thanks again and I hope Dar is doing better this afternoon. Thinking of you.

  7. Elizabeth Keene says

    Looks like there was a LOT of fun going on last Saturday night at the Brotherhood Winery! Congratulations (and thank you) to the winners! Great pics (and on a side note, I thought the man with the facial hair was Justin Timberlake at first glance; they look MUCH alike). ☺

  8. Jane says

    Congratulations to all! Loved seeing all the winners with their attire, just fabulous. I can see why you had a tie for the Warrior of the year award. Amazing work they are all doing to help those darling fur babies ❤

  9. Beth | Daily Dog Tag says

    Congratulations to all the winners, and to Carol and Darlene for dreaming big and helping so many others. This sounds like it was a huge success, thanks for being so generous with your time and talent!

  10. caren gittleman says

    HUGE Congratulations to ALL!!! OMG Jan was there???!!! I am soooooooooooooo bummed that I missed every one and every thing! Carol, I am LOVING YOUR HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just gorgeous!

  11. Sandra Lee says

    Congrats to all of the winners!
    I’m a little jealous – it looked like so much fun to be at this time event & (of course) all the doggies & their parents look gorgeous!
    Great job, Carol!

  12. Cathy Armato says

    CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! What a great group of awards and award recipients! Fabulous event helping out a great organization, NYC Second Chance Rescue.

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