Usher's Puppy Cost $12,000 & Is Worth Every Penny

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Usher and puppyNormally when celebrities throw around big bucks for items I know I could score for a fraction of the price, I wince and think about how the money for that bazillion-dollar car/ring/skin cream could be so much better spent elsewhere. But when it comes to singer Usher plopping down $12,000 for a pooch, I say good for him.

First of all, it's perhaps the most adorable dog you've ever seen. It's a Goldendoodle, which is a mix between a Golden Retriever and Poodle, and its little face is one of those that makes you involuntarily squeal.

But what about all those poor puppies in the pound, I bet you're asking. It's true they need homes too, but Usher had a good reason for picking this particular pup.

He bought it at the recent Pencils of Promise gala auction, and the money goes to fund Justin Bieber's organization that builds schools in impoverished countries. So it's for a great cause. 

Interestingly enough, last year he also tried to win a puppy at the auction, but a family outbid him. They named the pup Usher, but this year, he was out to win at all costs. According to Us Weekly the singer had to fight hard for the pup too, as Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr was vying for her as well, bidding as much as $11,000 before she bowed to Usher. Hopefully her friends and relatives will take note this holiday season, as a little puppy like this under the tree could be a great gift.

After winning the pup, Usher tweeted his name choice for the adorable little girl -- Poppy Raymond. Which is all sorts of perfect ... if his toddler sons -- Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Raymond -- don't override his choice. We can only guess how excited those boys were when daddy brought her home and how much fun they'll have growing up with her.

So while, of course, there are a few naysayers barking that he should have gone to the pound or just bought books himself with that kind of money, I think it was a lovely way to acquire a pet. She may be one of the world's most expensive dogs, but she's worth it.

What do you think of Usher spending $12,000 on this dog?


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tuffy... tuffymama

That dog is so cute, it makes me SICK. I bet it still has puppy tummy, and bumps into furniture when it runs. Aww.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I love his facial expression in this picture! I'm sure his boys will have a great time with a new puppy.

littl... littlesuzyfrog

Cute puppy.  His kids are going to adore her.  I don't know if Poppy will stand though...those boys will rename her.  For sure.

Nellie Athome

Ms Ryan-Evans - you say " think about how the money for that bazillion dollar car/ring/skin cream"

Did it ever occur to you that there are dozens or more people who are employed in the manufacture of that "bazillion dollar car/ring/skin cream" and more people employed moving it from the factory to the store and yet more people employed selling that " think about how the money for that bazillion dollar car/ring/skin cream" and that the taxes on those sales of " think about how the money for that bazillion dollar car/ring/skin cream" support schools and police and fire departments and cover all sorts of city/state services????

Or do you just want to show how jealous you are that someone has more money than you do and spend the money they earned on things you feel are frivilous?

Nellie Athome

Great *sigh* it submitted without letting me run the spell checker ---- should be " frivolous"

Pinkmani Pinkmani


hanah190 hanah190

It was for charity so I think its great!

CPN322 CPN322

He could have rescued a dog and donated the money to the charity.......just a thought.

Todd Vrancic

The dog would have been sold at the charity auction anyway.  This way, the charity got a lot of money.

nonmember avatar A real dog pers

Wow. Another fool paying big bucks for a mutt. (Yes - if it says "doodle" it's a mutt.) Why not donate $12,000 to your local shelter or rescue group and adopt a puppy there? PLEASE DON'T SUPPORT THESE HORRIBLE PUPPYMILL PEOPLE!!! Go to a reputable breeder who cares about their breed and its continued health.

A puppy somewhere will thank you.

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