Always In Our Hearts

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Beard Competition Winners

Welcome to the Finals of the 2nd Annual GooberStanian Beard Growing Competition! Since Stella & I are your hosts, and therefore ineligible to compete, we wanted to start things rolling with the beards of GooberStan.

We had a little trouble getting a photo of my official measurement ceremony, so you're just going to have to take my word that my beard is a whole 2 3/4 inches of lusciousness.

Stella, on the other hand, proudly displayed her beard...

until she found out she was going to have to get measured. Then it was a wrasslin' match between her & our girl. Our girl won. Stella's golden beard weighs in at 3 1/4 inches, and she's going to keep growing it (so she says).

Now, let's get started with announcing our competitors and the winners! We have quite an international contingent this year!


Our first award tonight is in the Muddiest Face Division. Here are our competitors.

Faya from Switzerland

Finni from England

Petey from New York City

(He asked if he could enter a snowy-face photo, and we said, "Sure.")

and Eric Square Dog from England.

An independent panel of GooberStanian aunties served as our judges.

(Drum Roll Please....)

And the winner of the first Muddiest Face Division of the 2nd Annual GooberStanian Beard Competition is...

(The crowd goes WILD!!!)

Congratulations, Eric! That is one very juicy face!!


Our next award goes to the pup with the Most Improved Beard. This year, it wasn't a tough one to figure out. With an initial measurement of 2 1/4 inches, a final measurement of 3 1/2 inches, the winner of this year's Most Improved Beard Division, with a net gain of 1 1/4 inches in 4 months is...

The initial measurement - 2 1/4 inches

The final measurement - 3 1/2 inches

(The crowd rushes the stage...)

Congratulations, Mitch! Your apple treatment really did the trick, man!


Our next prize is for the Overall Longest Beard for pups 25 pounds and under. We had two fierce competitors this year. First is Miss Nelly the Airedale pup (sister of Finni the Airedale).

Her sweet little puppy beard came in at a respectable 1 1/2 inches.

Our other competitor is Moe, the Welsh Terrier from right here in the Kansas City area. Moe and his mama read my blog, and decided to enter the contest this year.

Moe's beard came in at 2 1/4 inches, which makes him our winner!!!

Congratulations, Moe!!! Way to Go, bud!

(Moe starts crowd surfing as they body pass him around the auditorium!)


Now for our last award for Overall Longest Beard! We had several competitors this year, and the ladies made quite a showing.

All 3 Leuradale competitors suffered from SBS (Shrinking Beard Syndrome). Here's Lucy from Australia. Her beard came in at 3/16 of an inch.

Willow, her sissy, had a beard measuring in at 1/4 of an inch.

And Noah, their brother, came in with a beard that's 3/8 of an inch.

Our only non-Terrier competitor this year is Mama Pajamas from the Whippet Waggle. Her whisker beard, which is very full for a Whippet, measures in at a hearty 1 inch. (Major props to Mama Pajamas for going up against the Terriers!)

Miss Molly the Airedale (our only female Brit entry) also suffered from Shrinking Beard Syndrome. Her final measurement came in at 2 3/4 inches.

Speaking of Brits, next is Finni the Airedale. He was a double competitor this year, having also entered the muddiest face competition! Here he is proudly displaying his 3 inch beard.

Now we come to seasoned American competitor, Bogart Handsome Devil the Airedale.

As you can see, he too had some difficulty with the measuring of his beard.

A very respectable showing for Bogart at 3 inches.

You will all recognize this next competitor, weighing in with 3 1/2 inches, it's the winner of our Most Improved Beard, Mitch the Airedale!

Now, our next competitor is where this competition began. She's a sweet Airegirl who did a little trash talking with me about our beard lengths over a year ago, which prompted a little friendly beard-growing competition between the two of us. Then, we decided to open it up to all the pups we knew. Here she is weighing in with a bootifully full 4 1/2 inch beard, this year's 3rd place winner, Maggie the Airedale!

These last two competitors brought it down to the wire. They come from the same bloodline, so it's no wonder they are beard-growing phenoms! It was a close call, but 2nd place goes to the magnificent Kerry Blue Terrier, Ms. Blue, with an amazingly gorgeous ebony beard of 5 3/8 inches.

Which brings us to the winner of the Overall Longest Beard, weighing in with 5 1/2 inches of lusciously dark curls, Kerry Blue Terrier extraordinAire and daughter of our 2nd place winner Ms. Blue and sister of last year's winner Buster... Persephone the Kerry Blue Terrier!!!

WAY TO GO, Persephone!!! Looks like we're keeping this award in the family! You're an even more gorgeous winner than Buster was last year!

(Persephone prances her way up to the stage & takes a bow with her proud mama Ms. Blue.)

I guess it IS true ~ Chicks with beards ROCK!

Now for a recap of our winners:

Muddiest Face ~ Eric Square Dog
Most Improved Beard ~ Mitch the Airedale
Longest Beard (25 lb & under division) ~ Moe the Welshie
Overall Longest Beard ~ Persephone the Kerry Blue

(The prize committee will be contacting each of you to ensure you receive your awards.)

We will leave you with a photo of my dearly departed buddy, and the inspiration for this competition, Dovah Doo! We miss you and that magnificent beard, man!

Congratulations to all of our competitors! GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY!!!


Hollie and Janie said...

Congrats to all the competitors! Yall have such gorgeous, long beards! What a fun competition, Stanley! Maybe next year I can enter!

Lorenza said...

Congratulations to the winners!
I loved the pictures of the muddy ones!
Kisses and hugs

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Stanley,
That was one great competition and congratulations to all the well-deserving winners!!
I can't believe the length of the beards the winners had.. Now I am inspired to try growing it out (if only my mom wil leave it alone for long enough!!)..
Hershey's 'sploding poop saga seems to have ended (thankfully!!).. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost my sense of smell cos of the ordeal I was put through...

Bae Bae said...

Yeah.. congrates to all the winners. ;)

~ Bae

Noah the Airedale said...

Another great competition Stanley. Dovah Doo would be proud of you matie.
A big congrats to all the winners and to the competitors too.
I had a gut feeling our maties the Kerry Blues would win something. Their beards are outstanding!

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Amber-Mae said...

Woah! What a competition dood!!! tough competitors this year & it just gets better. Congrats to ALL the winners! I wish I had beard so that I can enter this contest.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Molly and Taffy said...

Many thanks to Stanley and Stella for hosting another great competition and a brilliant Awards Ceremony.

We have thoroughly enjoyed watching the updates and our congratulations go to the winners of each category.

Molly and Taffy

Simba said...

Congratulations to all everyone who took part. A huge congrats to the winners.

Simba x

Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, Mitch is passed out on the floor! I think you overwhelmed him for the first time in his young life, Stanley! I wonder if apple works like smelling salts?!
What a fun competition this was! Thank you so much for making it so much fun, you guys!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Woohoo and congratulations to all the winners AND runners-up! Maybe, next year, we can promise to NOT sling water all over the floor so our peeps won't cut our beards!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Faya said...

I am sure Dovah Doo is proud of us ! It is a nice way to remember him ! Congratulations to you all !
Kisses, Faya

Achilles Wong said...


wow.. that was an exhilirating, heart-pounding and beard.. ermm.. jaw dropping competition you have stanley.

it was a good thing we passed by your blog (thru Asta) otherwise we would have missed this event of a lifetime!

Congratulations to all teh winners! You all deserved the prizes! whew!

We're so happy both of our friends- M&M got to win too! yay!

we are excited to see the 3rd year of the Gooberstanian Beard Challenge. Keep up the good work puppies!

drooly kisses,


Petey said...

It's an honor just being nominated...

I knew I didn't stand a chance against my best pal Eric! It's like going up for an Oscar against Sir Anthony Hopkins!

Where's the after-party?

Your pal,


Gus said...

Finally an award ceremony for something worthwhild. Thank you Stanley, Stella and the Girl for all your hard work


Patience-please said...

WOO-Hooooooooooooooo!!! How about our own brave little Mama Pajama!! she entered on the sly, so we were so surprised to see here here! We are so proud of her wondrous whiskers!
thanks for having this very fun contest and congrats to all the winners!

wags from the whippets

Meryl said...

Congrats to everyone and thanks to Stanley, Stella, and co. for hosting such a fun contest!

--Moe the Welshie

FleasGang said...

What a great showing, pups! I bet the after-party at the awards show was something legends are made from.

Eric, you are totally pawesome with that mud drenched face. That rocks.

Shelly & Tommy

The FOUR Musketeers said...

Congrats to all winners :D

Moco said...

Congrats to all those lucky pups that are able to grow beards and enter such a famous contest.
Good job Stan and Stella.

Persephone and Buster said...

wOw!!! we are speechless!! (never!) (theBUSTER's aside: "now that's an amazing feat -- they are never speechless"..)
I, Ms.Blue, am sooooo-very-proud of my " twins' " beard growing aptituuuude...whoa! and to think the humomm almost trimmed ms.sephie's when she took her to florida! darn...i would have won if she had... ;O/....ahem..
i'll have to have the humomm post Persephone's acceptance speech... more later...
thank you to the stanley-meister and ms.goobette of the year...and all the muddy faces and beard growers ala USA & Europe...
uh....i guess my little BUSTER-bear was right...i'm not reeeeally speechless.
Ms. Blue <-----mother-of-the-beards

with love, Madison said...

What a wonderfully entertaining and professionally executed contest! We love the photos of contestants and winners! Madison may just participate next year - although she is more of a Mustache girl. H-Mom calls her the "old Polish grandma" with whiskers everywhere ... no offense to old Polish grandmas ... we find the hair extremely endearing!

Asta said...

My Magnificent GooberLove
That was a faboolous competition and a bettew awawd cewemony than the Oscaws.Congwatulations to the faboolous winners.I'd love to come tug and kiss youw bootiful beawd..I can't believe my bbffStella has a longew one than must be cause she tuggs and chews on youws..all honow and love to Dovah Doo, who I'm suwe is winning the contest ovew the bwidge
smoochie kisses

Bogart said...

Awesome Stache Bash :)

The photos this year were really outstanding... nice work everybody!


Snowball said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Its fun to see so many beard being presented in 1 blog entry. Perhaps I should also enter the competition next year. hee...


Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

Congwatulations to all the winnews, I think I could go fow the muddy face composition next yeaw!

xxx Asta down under

Petra said...

Applause and cheers and congrats to all of the winners! This was an exciting contest!

the Corgi Girls said...

Incredible, we're in awe of you pups!

M & I

Winnie Woo said...

well done on the contest. all winners were much deserved. I think I'll start my training for next year soon. hopefully wet beards wiped all over the fridge grow quickly.

the 4 Bs said...

those are some amazing beards! wow! we are duly impressed. we are happy to see Maggie and Mitch getting awards. they have such pretty & clean beards. we admire Eric's muddy face. oh, that's an excellent mud face. and those two kerry blues have beautiful beards. you almost make us want to grow beards - almost.


Joe Stains said...

omdog how exciting!! We love it!! Mitch really did a great job with his apple training!! Congrats to all the winners and contestants. Next year, I am definitely dunking Doofus in the mud so we can compete!!

Momo and Pinot said...

OMD, pawsome & fun competition! Thanks for being great hosts, Stanley and Stella! We really enjoy all the photos!

Momo & Pinot

Sophie Brador said...

Excellent showing! I just love Petey with his snow face. I think he and I could be best buds for sure!


Eric said...

Stan and Stella! WooHOOOO!!! What a contest. You two are Doglightful hosts and what a pawsome contest to remember Dovah Doo. Bet he was one cool goob. Loved everbloggies entries, all those beards made me a little green with envy. And pal Petey with his snow coool.Scucks pals, thank you square squillions for voting a winner.

I'm WAGGING... Eric xxxx

Finni said...

That was a brilliant competition, we're very proud to have been part of it. Thank You Stanley & Stella! Congratulations to all the winners!

Nelly has decided to enter again next year as she loves apples too and wants to try Mitch's secret beard growing remedy!!!

Bye for now.
Finni xx

Clover said...

Congratulations to all of the winners! What a fabulous competition!!
Love Clover xo
P.S. We got your card in the mail last week - thanks buddies! It was so funny, and we loved the note inside too. I put your picture on my fridge!

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh my...the boyz and I were held riveted in our seats in the audience...what an amazing competion...what energy in the crowd...!! And as Goobermasters of Ceremonies you and Stella rocked! BTW, Mumsie sez Stella looked like the bass and muskie she used to catch when she'd have to hold them down to measure them....

Congratulations to all the winners...and BRILLIANT idea for the muddy beard competion, this year, Stan...

Maybe next year we could do a STINKY BEARD might have to design a STINKOMETER...I'm sure Scruffy can help with that...he's the original stinkometer...then put the stinky beard up to the meter for a readin'....

Just a thought...Stan will enter for sure...he's beard is short,but's so powerful that Scruffy sniffed it this morning then started to hump Stanley....must have been a bit of a musky odor or something...

Love you lots...


Pacco de Mongrel said...

congratulations to all the winner..

i hope i can join with my whiskers next year

Mango said...

That was a totally exciting competition. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Some real pros in the line up, but that Kerry Blue, oh man!!!

I like the photo of your girl wrestling with Stella.


Casper and pals said...

that was great!

Martha said...

I always love the beard competition. They are all amazing. Love, Martha

Jackson said...

Ha, all very worthy winners! My beard is already in training for next year! J x

Ike said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Mack said...

Congrats to all those wonderful beardies!!
I was gonna enter my moley whisker, but at 1/2" I would've looked pretty silly!!

wally said...

I am very impressed with all of your beards and I'm afraid we would be in the Mama Pajama category of slightly pathetic facial hair growthage. I shoulda tried the muddy bit.

wally t.

ps. The Philadelphia Iggles are growing their beards and won't cut 'em til they get to the Stupor Bowl! Maybe they should have sent their pictures!