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.

  • susan PRO 3y

    this is such a joyful photo of spring joy and magic.
    keep us posted.
    admired and loved in the little dog laughed
    ( ?² )
  • *Starbuck* PRO 3y

    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!
  • Janice 3y

    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!
  • Mark Stalcup 3y

    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.
  • tsegrave PRO 3y

    Really great shot!!! Love dogs and the energy they bring to us....all positive!!! Well done for sure!!!
  • 7D4dusk2dawn 3y

    awesome shot..
  • CosmoeD PRO 2y

    Me and the wife both voted for the little guy.
  • william walsh PRO 2y

  • *Starbuck* PRO 2y

    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.
  • heycarrieann331 PRO 2y

    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!!!
  • *Starbuck* PRO 2y

    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!!!
  • James 2y

    Absolutely fabulous! You deserve it!
  • sherry-geng 2y

    the dog is so happy that inspired me
  • Gregory Pepion 2y

    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. :)
  • *Starbuck* PRO 2y

    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.
  • Alec Frank 2y

    Congratulations, and amazing shot! Have a great trip to Korea - it is an awesome place!
  • iM4i2Ci 2y

    saw this on "dogs horsing around" thread. great shot!
  • Nicola 2y

    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? :)
  • *Starbuck* PRO 2y

    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!
  • Nicola 2y

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