Hey Dogster readers, thanks to everyone who participated in our HOWL-O-Ween Costume Contest. We were trying something new, so there were a few glitches, but we got a lot of awww-mazing entries (and thanks so much for your patience, by the way). Narrowing the photos down to just five to vote on was really difficult, but we managed it, and then we opened it up to all of you to decide which costume you liked best.

Well, you voted, and the Samurai Beagle came out as top dog. We got in touch with the entrant behind the photo, and were touched by the response we received.

The pup in the pic is named Monroe, and his human friend, Ben, made his Samurai costume for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) annual Scaredy Cats and Dogs Costume Contest. Monroe’s puppy brother, Daffyd, went as Cerberus.

Monroe and Daffyd both lost that contest. However, when we told Ben that Monroe was the winner of our contest, Ben asked that we donate the $25 Petco gift card to the Rescue Ink Shelter, which needs help after being hit by Hurricane Sandy. According to Ben, he and his partner promised Monroe that they would get him treats equal in worth to the Dogster prize if he was willing to give up the gift card to charity. Monroe, ever gracious, agreed.

Gift card or not, Monroe and his human are winners in our book for their generosity.

They did, however, opt to keep the bragging rights. With kindness like that, they can brag all they like! Thanks so much to Ben for letting us share these photos.

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