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Harlso’s hopes of internet Oscar hang in the balance

Harlso with a model of the Night King from Game Of Thrones on his head
Harlso with a model of the Night King from Game Of Thrones on his head
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Social media sensation Harlso the Balancing Hound faces an anxious wait over the next few days to find out if he's won an internet Oscar.

Voting has now closed in the 2019 Webby Awards, which for the past 23 years have honoured the best of the internet across the world.

And the east Belfast dachshund - who won fame for his talent for balancing everything from hot dogs to pints of beer on his head - will have his paws crossed until Tuesday.

That's when he'll find out if he'll be invited to go walkies along the red carpet in New York alongside stars and fellow nominees that include Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Ellen de Generes.

"You could say his chances of winning are in the balance," said owner Paul Lavery.

"It's been hard work over the last couple of weeks to try to pull in the online votes, but we've been surprised at how he'd been performing.

"For the final 24 hours they've removed the latest standings off the website, but at 8am yesterday he was sitting 4% ahead of his closest rival."

Five-year-old Harlso was on 36%, with Facebook giant The Dodo on 32% of the votes in the Best Social Animal category of the Webbies - considered the internet's highest honour.

In a final bid to woo potential voters, Harlso's latest balancing act saw him tap into the local link with Game Of Thrones.

Photographs and videos show the little black and tan pooch balancing toys of characters Jon Snow and the Night King from the HBO show on his head.

"The voting was getting tight," said Paul. "Harlso was out in front early on, but for one day The Dodo edged ahead of him. We decided to give it one final burst and get a few Game Of Thrones fans on his side.

"Hopefully it will work and we'll be keeping our fingers cross for the next few days."

Whether Harlso fetches his Webby award or not, he's always be a star with over 50 million fans across the world already following his balancing acts.

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