Usher Beats Jessica Szohr In Puppy Auction

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October 26, 2012 | 6:56pm EST

Usher has bought his sons a new puppy – for $12,000.
The Yeah! hitmaker outbid Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr to take home the goldendoodle pooch at the Pencils of Promise Gala in New York on Thursday, a year after he failed to offer up enough cash to pick up a pup at a similar sale last year.
The singer opened the bidding at $10,000 and found himself in a bidding war with Szohr, who helped bump the puppy prize past $11,000.
Taking to his blog to share his big auction win with fans, he wrote, “It took me 2 years but I outbid everyone this year to bring Poppy home.
“Poppy Raymond is what I’m think of namin’ her (sic)… however there are two gregarious 3 and 4 year olds that will have the last say… and the responsibility that comes wit (sic) her.”
Becoming a new dad to the copper-colored dog wasn’t the only reason Usher had to celebrate – he was also honored for his philanthropy at the event.