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    I WON THE GRAND PRIZE!!! That's right, I won a week long trip to South Korea thanks to Travel & Leisure magazine. I'm sort of having a heart attack right now.

    And here's Wallace in action, having his nails trimmed:


    This little bugger, aka The World's Most Expensive Pug®, shown here still sporting a shave on one of his front legs from surgery to remove 3 cancerous lumps, also still sports a winning smile and personality - and I have proof!

    I love Travel & Leisure magazine. Because I love fantasizing over amazing destinations and leisurely vacations. And for years I've been looking at their monthly photo contests - and it finally dawned on me - I have been to some pretty cool (though not far-flung) locales. And I finally submitted several photos to their 2012 contests. And then didn't think much about it.

    Until Friday, when I received an affidavit form in my inbox that I had to fill out and have notarized, so I could claim my prize. This photo, of my smiling pug, has won the "spring" photo contest sponsored by Travel & Leisure.

    So, I'm going to be receiving a mighty-swanky camera bag made by Ona. But there's more. :) The 12 winners from 2012 will all compete at the end of the year for the grand prize - an even swankier week in South Korea. I officially have a 1 in 12 chance of taking one of those absurdly out of my reach vacations thanks to this little man and a perfect spring afternoon, here in our own backyard, in Oregon.

    ~carie~, idonthavewords, AstridMinx, and 61 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. bunchadogs & susan [off and on] 23 months ago | reply

      this is such a joyful photo of spring joy and magic.
      keep us posted.
      admired and loved in the little dog laughed
      ( ?² )

    2. *Starbuck* 23 months ago | reply

      Thanks, everyone! I've submitted my interview answers and a high-res copy of the photo - it will be in the August issue. Voting will be in February 2013 - so I have quite a wait!

    3. Eastview Photography 22 months ago | reply

      congratulations and all the best to you! this picture almost makes me want to cry it's so sweet. it's the look on his face..that he's so happy and the look that says he loves you most dearly!

    4. ZnE's Dad 21 months ago | reply

      Love this shot - very cool! I came across your photos while browsing through Flickr and I think your photostream is great and hope you don't mind that I added you to those I follow.

    5. tsegrave 21 months ago | reply

      Really great shot!!! Love dogs and the energy they bring to us....all positive!!! Well done for sure!!!

    6. 7D4dusk2dawn 18 months ago | reply

      awesome shot..

    7. CosmoeD 14 months ago | reply

      Me and the wife both voted for the little guy.

    8. *Starbuck* 14 months ago | reply

      I WON THE GRAND PRIZE!!! That's right, I won a week long trip to South Korea thanks to Travel & Leisure magazine. I'm sort of having a heart attack right now.

    9. heycarrieann331 14 months ago | reply

      OMG! That is AWESOME!!! I am so excited for you! Congratulations! I didn't even know T&L magazine did monthly photo contests. Maybe I should look into that. LOL Oh, I am just so excited for you!!!

    10. *Starbuck* 14 months ago | reply

      I subscribe to the magazine because I love looking at all the travel I can't afford - and I figured what the hell and entered a photo. Now I'm off to South Korea!

      Thank you!!!

    11. Sequoia! 14 months ago | reply

      Absolutely fabulous! You deserve it!

    12. sherry-geng 14 months ago | reply

      the dog is so happy that inspired me

    13. Greg-0 14 months ago | reply

      Ha!!! This is so awesome and has fun written all over it. Congrats on the prize which is totally cool. Those others would have to have something pretty spectacular to beat this. :)

    14. *Starbuck* 14 months ago | reply

      There were a few really great entries - no doubts - but it turns out the world loves a laughing pug! I am FREAKING OUT over the trip to South Korea! It's a crazy $26,000+ vacation. True story.

    15. Alec Haskard 13 months ago | reply

      Congratulations, and amazing shot! Have a great trip to Korea - it is an awesome place!

    16. iM4i2Ci 13 months ago | reply

      saw this on "dogs horsing around" thread. great shot!

    17. _nichbri 10 months ago | reply

      Not sure how I stumbled onto your stream, b ut I love your photos!. This is definitely gold! Congrats on your win - when is your trip? :)

    18. *Starbuck* 10 months ago | reply

      We leave in 63 days and 16 hours, according to my countdown app!!! We leave the Friday after Labor Day! We're super excited. Thanks for the congrats!!! I rarely post on Flickr anymore, but there will be Korea photos galore in two months!

    19. _nichbri 10 months ago | reply

      That's so exciting! I look forward to seeing your photos - I like all your shots, so please, keep shooting :)

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