micahtopdogMicah, a six year-old Shih-tzu owned by Kenny and Elizabeth Barnes of Wilmington, took “Top Dog” honors at Talk, Inc.’s first annual Top Dog Contest in celebration of today’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. The online contest was launched on Friday, June 18 with 16 entries ranging from couch potatoes to service dogs and secured more than 2,100 votes until the polls were closed on Monday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.

The “Top Dog” contest was launched to celebrate dogs like Talk’s own Top Dog, Camden, who work tirelessly either at home or at the office to keep their loved ones happy and stress free each day. Winning dog Micah works at Kenny Barnes Studios and performs a wide variety of important jobs, such as enthusiastically greeting customers and making clients feel loved and welcomed.

“Micah comes to work every day with a great attitude,” said Kenny Barnes, Micah’s owner.  “Along with the fun and friendly side of Micah, there is the serious, business side as well. It may look like he is asleep, but he’s not!  Micah assures us that he thinks better with his eyes closed.”

Entrants in the online contest were asked to submit a photo of their dog and a brief explanation of why their pooch deserved Top Dog honors. The Barnes entered a custom portrait of Micah created by his “daddy,” portrait artist Kenny Barnes. The entries were posted online at Talk’s blog, which included a survey that allowed visitors to vote for their favorite Top Dog. The contest was launched and promoted via the Talk blog, Facebook, Twitter and e-mail marketing.

On Friday, June 25, Micah and his owners were presented with a basket of goodies for both dog and human. Prizes included goods and services donated by Zeetlegoo’s Pet & People Store, Port City Java, Coastal K9 Bakery, and Pedigree.