Bailey the Groodle was crowned king after he received the highest number of votes, of eligible finalists, for a video entry from his owner Amy Burford of his hilarious attempts at catching toys unsuccessfully.
RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said Bailey was a very deserving winner, but it was bittersweet because Amy had recently announced she was now mourning the 10 year old’s passing.
“Bailey’s a beautiful dog and was a hit with our judges when we were deciding on the 12 finalists. We’re proud to have him represent us on the front cover of our calendar which will be available in stores later this year to raise money for the Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ),” Ms Clinton said.
“We were, however, very sad to hear that the gorgeous Bailey passed away over the weekend. We send our thoughts to Amy, his owner, and hope this win will be a nice way for her to celebrate and remember him.”
Ms Clinton said despite thousands of fantastic entries in the competition, RACQ was disappointed the behavior of some contestants during the final round of public voting had resulted in two contestants being deemed ineligible to win.
“Quite frankly, we’ve been shocked and disappointed by the behavior of some people during what was designed to be a fun competition celebrating Queensland pets and raising money for a worthy cause,” she said.
“Unfortunately, in the audit of the final round of voting we have had to remove all points from two contestants for breaching our terms and conditions around the proper conduct of participants. This rendered them ineligible to be the overall winner and did impact the outcome of the competition.
“More so, we’re dismayed at the behavior of some supporters of a couple of our finalists who stooped to online bullying and harassment.
“We don’t condone this type of behavior, it certainly doesn’t fit with RACQ’s values or conduct so it won’t be tolerated.
“As a result, we’ll be reviewing the terms and rules around the competition before running it again next year.
“Ultimately, what we want to do is to raise funds for AWLQ from this year’s calendar so they can continue to support abandoned Queensland pets.”
Ms Clinton said Bailey would appear on the front cover of the calendar which could be purchased from RACQ Branches for a gold coin donation from November.