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Top Dog Honor Awarded to 'Wonder Dog'

Patch users vote costumed pup as Top Dog in the region.

Wendel the Wonder Dog is not only a caped crusader. He's also a Top Dog.

Wendel, an Italian Greyhound mixed-breed dog, was found as a stray with his brother, Preston, when he was four months old.

The pup was named Patch's Top Dog after making it through two rounds of voting in our contest.

We asked users to submit photos of their dogs on participating sites, then vote for their favorites. Wendel received 42 votes on Long Valley Patch and the most votes in our regional round on all participating sites.

Wendel is pictured in a pint-sized Batman costume, showing a facial expression like he is more than ready to fight crime-or take a nap.

According to the user who submitted the photo of Wendel, Justin Hardin, the pooch is "the happiest dog you will ever meet."

As the winner, Wendel will receive a $250 gift card for a weekend stay at the Morris Animal Inn. 

See photos of all the participating pooches here.

Morris Animal Inn has been a part of the Morristown community for over 50 years, offering lodging, daycare and more for your dogs and cats.

Click Here to read the complete Official Rules for the contest.

Karen December 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Wendel would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for him. He was an abandoned stray puppy when I found him and his brother. Now he would like to give his prize to Max who needs to find a good home. There are alot of great pets thag dont have homes so Wendel is also donating $250 to the Morris county SPCA so they can help others find homes. . Merry Christmas
Nicole Cardella December 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Wendel, you are a Wonder Dog! How very thoughtful & generous of you. Such a sweetheart! Happy Holidays to our favorite pal! Love to you too Preston! Hugs & Kisses, Samantha, Sophia, Nicole & Mike
John Dunphy December 21, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Karen, I think Max will be very appreciative of the gift. If you have not already done so, you should reach out to 911 Dog and Cat Rescue, which submitted Max as a contestant, at: 911dogrescue@gmail.com
Suzanne December 21, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Karen, What a nice random act of kindness to donate Wendel's prize to Max, very sweet of you. Merry Christmas!!
Jacquelyn Braun December 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Thank you ! Max will enjoy his gift from Wendel :)
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Wendel, you (and your human family) have heart and soul — along with that cute face!
judith cardella December 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Wendel you truly are a wonder dog. You and your brother Preston were very lucky to be rescued by Justin..I hope Max finds a good home too.
Al Rooney December 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Life is great when you have a cute dog that loves you.
Marie S. January 08, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Any news on when Max is having his stay ?
Marie S. January 08, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Any news on when Max is having his stay ?

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