Mutt Madness concludes with a premature announcement

First of all, THANKS to everyone who supported Sarah in Mutt Madness and voted! We could never thank everyone by name, for I know you numbered in the hundreds!

Well, I’m not sure what happened, but their site’s already announced the champion at Mutt Madness. I’m sorry to say it’s not our Sarah, but Dazzle the border collie. Congratulations, Dazzle — you are a well-trained dog and I know there must have been hundreds of border collie and agility enthusiasts backing you!

Thing is, this announcement was posted as early. Some people told me they tried to go vote for Sarah and saw that Dazzle’s video was voted champion. It was posted as early as 9:55pm. For all I know, it might have been posted even earlier than that.

Now I just heard from a friend who saw the announcement at about 12:00pm EST. Noon? This is just not right.

According to their posted contest rules, the contest was supposed to go through 11:59pm EST on April 7. My point is, who knows what would have happened with any of the contestants’ videos, considering people were obviously still trying to vote up until the posted ending time

I wrote them at about 10:00pm (before I knew the announcement was made twelve hours early) and asked about the discrepancy. The lady wrote back and apologized for my inconvenience, saying she would pass my comments along to the IT department.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m very thankful Sarah’s video made it this far, for sure! This was unexpected and made for a fun month. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really disappointed with how this last bit has playing out. I feel bad not just for us, but for the other contestants. We’ll never know how it might have played out had the votes been allowed to continue until 11:59pm EST today. What irks me the most is they didn’t follow their own rules.

Deeeeeeeeep, cleansing breath.

Okay, my rant’s over. The good news is, Sarah DID at least make it to the last four contestants out of a field of sixty three. That means we’ve won money, more than we started with. Yes, I’m a little miffed — but I’m trying to look at the bright side!

5 thoughts on “Mutt Madness concludes with a premature announcement

  1. I KNOW that must be disturbing. It would bother me for years, but Congratulations to Sarah for getting to the final four. That is a big deal 🙂

  2. You have a right to feel miffed but it doesn’t do any good. It is much more fun to rejoice in how far your mutt went.

  3. You’re absolutely right about that. I’m over it. The contact person for the contest called me today and apologized for how it ended. She took responsibility for it and said this was their first year doing the contest and they have learned from their mistakes. How could I not accept a sincere apology?

  4. Congratulations on making it into the final four. You were number one in my eyes and still are. I am glad they called though and took responsibility for the mix up. Did the previous wins get you enough to manage the SLR ?

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