UPDATE: The TODAY Show was especially adorable this week when a blind Golden Retriever, Ray Charles, took home the first ever Pet of the Year “Orangey” at the show’s inaugural Orange Room Awards. Celebrating the year’s best viral videos, the TODAY Show invited Charles on set to accept his award. Popular on both Facebook and YouTube, the one-year-old puppy took off when the dog’s companion, Andrew Fales, created a Facebook page dedicated to Charles—eventually accumulating over 100,000 ‘likes.’ Charles’ competition was stiff, going up against the likes of an adorable pig in a wheelchair named Chris P. Bacon among others. You can watch Ray Charles accept his award on live television at the link below, courtesy of NBC’s TODAY Show.  — Global Animal

Ray Charles accepts his “Orangey” on the TODAY Show.

Today show's orange room lets you pick the best viral videos.
Blind puppy Ray Charles received the first ever Pet of the Year “Orangey” at the TODAY show’s inaugural Orange Room Awards. Photo Credit: USA Today

(PETS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) NBC’s TODAY Show is letting viral video aficionados choose the best online videos of the year by voting in their inaugural Orange Room Awards.

Yesterday, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and the rest of the gang announced the list of nominees for the three prestigious categories. Voters can cast their preference for Most Memorable Viral Moment, Best Digital Dance-Off, and Pet of the Year, before 12:00pm EST on Friday.

Pet and animal lovers will take special interest in the Pet of the Year category, but should also note that Ylvis’ animal-friendly anthem, “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”, is up against the famed “Harlem Shake” for the Best Digital Dance-Off award.

The winners of each award will be announced one at a time next week, live on the TODAY show, from Tuesday, December 10 through Thursday, December 12.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite viral videos at TODAY.com/orangeroom, or simply click through the links listed below.

The adorable Pet of the Year nominees are:

1.  Ray Charles, the Blind Golden Retriever

2.  Chris P. Bacon, Pig with a Wheelchair

3.  Blind Puppy and His Seeing Eye Brother Adoption 

4.  Maddie the Standing Dog

— Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal

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