Meet Usher's Puppy: An Adorable $12,000 Goldendoodle!

Celebrity News Oct. 28, 2012 AT 12:45PM
Usher Raymond IV attends the second annual Pencils of Promise Gala in New York City. Usher Raymond IV attends the second annual Pencils of Promise Gala in New York City. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pencils of Promise)

Usher sure has expensive taste!

Attending the Oct. 25 Pencils of Promise gala in New York City, the singer and new Voice mentor outbid former Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr in order to take home an adorable -- and coveted -- Goldendoodle puppy.

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A cross-bred dog that is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle, Usher's new pet came with a price tag of $12,000 -- money that goes to the Justin Bieber-endorsed organization that builds schools in impoverished nations. (Not to be ignored, Szohr bid an impressive $11,000 in an attempt to take the animal home, according to reports.)

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"Poppy Raymond is what I'm think of namin' her . . . however there are two gregarious 3- and 4-year-olds that will have the last say -- and the responsibility that comes with her," the singer, 34, tweeted after taking home the animal, referring to his two sons, Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Raymond, who will likely be bowled over by their dad's latest purchase.

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Donating funds to adopt a new pet wasn't the only kind gesture Usher made at the event. The "Numb" singer also donated a private dance lesson as an auction item. Following a bidding war between Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun -- the brother of Pencils of Promise founder Adam Braun -- and two families in attendance, Braun let the families take the prize after they each bid $65,000 for the lesson.

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