Sandpoint Ambassadog :: Enter and vote for your favorite dogs

Nominate a dog, or vote for a favorite to be our Ambassador Dog!

This summer, Visit Sandpoint and the Panhandle Animal Shelter are holding a fun contest to name an Ambassador Dog for Sandpoint—that is, our Ambassadog.

To vote for the dogs nominated so far, please scroll down. You can vote once per day!

In the coveted role of Ambassadog, the winner will help Visit Sandpoint represent the spirit of our beautiful town—and the contest will raise awareness and money for Panhandle Animal Shelter.

The Ambassadog will have a few official duties over the year of his or her reign, including appearances at some of the animal shelter’s Yappy Hour events, marching in local parades, and proudly representing Sandpoint to the world.

WIN-60pxThe Ambassadog will also win a two-night getaway to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch with his or her humans, plus a gift basket of delightful goods. Click Grand Prize for details.

Enter dogs and vote until September 10, 2016. Click Official Rules for more details.

Official Rules

Contest Rules

Nominations will be accepted here at beginning June 10, 2016. Enter your dog any time up until September 10, 2016. To nominate your dog you must provide one photo (minimum size 600 pixels wide) and a paragraph not to exceed 75 words telling why he or she is a good candidate to be named Sandpoint’s Ambassadog. A $5 donation to the Panhandle Animal Shelter is requested with each nomination – or better yet, feel free to donate more!

Five finalist dogs will be chosen in a random drawing among all nominees, but there’s voting, too. For every vote your dog gets, he or she will get an additional entry in the drawing. Everyone who visits this page can vote once per day per dog for free, or “buy” additional votes by donating more to Panhandle Animal Shelter. For each $1 you donate you will receive one more vote for your favorite dog. Remember, this is a fundraiser!

The five finalists will be drawn September 15, 2016. Then, at Panhandle Animal Shelter’s September 29 Yappy Hour event, the finalists will go before a panel of celebrity judges, who will choose Sandpoint’s first Ambassadog.

Ambassadog Duties

The Ambassadog will be Sandpoint’s official spokesdog for Visit Sandpoint for 2016-17, so entrants must commit to appear with their dog for at least three community events in the next year.

For more information

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Note, the contest is being administered on an all-volunteer basis by Keokee, a media company in Sandpoint, so if you do have questions or comments, the folks at Keokee will likely be the ones to get back to you.


Grand Prize

WesternPleasure-LogoThe Sandpoint Ambassadog will win a two-night getaway to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch with his or her humans of choice! Enjoy the stunning views, fresh mountain air and country quietude at one of Idaho’s premier working guest ranches; depending on season there are horseback rides, hikes, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing and more to enjoy. Some blackout dates apply. See more at

The Ambassadog will also win a terrific gift basket of goods for dog and owner, including:

Trinity at City Beach, Sandpoint IdahoEnjoy $50 in dining at Trinity at City Beach, Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining experience, with a to-die-for menu along with a fully stocked bar overlooking our amazing lakefront vista.

Ezy Dog gear for dogsOutfit your dog with great gear from Sandpoint’s home-grown maker of smartly designed harnesses, leashes, collars, backpacks, toys and more. Certificate for $50.00 at

Winter Ridge Natural Foods in Sandpoint, IdahoYour winning Ambassadog will have fresh breath at all of their appearances with a bag of “Greenies” and a $25 certificate to Winter Ridge Natural Foods, our locally owned wholistic grocer.

Pend d'Oreille Winery in Sandpoint, IdahoThink Green, Drink White with our refillable magnum of Bistro Blanc. Pend d’Oreille Winery has been vinting award-winning wines for 21 years in Sandpoint. Visit our tasting room and restaurant at 301 Cedar St. Value $27.

Lake Pend Oreille Cruises in Sandpoint, Idaho.Take a memorable Sunset Dessert & Eagle Watching Cruise with Lake Pend Oreille Cruises on the Shawnodese, built in the 1990s in a classic style by Captain Curtis Pearson and now making daily excursions from City Beach. Two tickets worth $54!

Keokee Books in Sandpoint, Idaho

Win one book of your choice from Keokee Books; choose from among hiking and field guides, history, photo books or other titles by local and regional writers. Value to $34.


Here’s how it works:

  • 1. NOMINATE YOUR DOG. Submit a photo or video and a paragraph extolling your pet’s virtues and qualifications to represent our fair town, along with a (suggested) $5 donation for Panhandle Animal Shelter.
  • 2. VOTE. Five finalist dogs will be chosen in a random drawing among all nominees, but for every vote dogs get they will get an additional entry in the drawing. You can vote once each day. Tell your friends (and your dog’s friends) to vote!
  • 3. STACK THE DECK! If you have a favorite dog, for every $1 you donate to Panhandle Animal Shelter your favorite will gain one additional vote. Donate $5, $10, $100 – and get a like amount of votes!

Enter Your Dog

The Nominees

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