Photo Contest Winners!

The past few days have probably been some of the most difficult in my life. Maybe that’s not saying too much considering I live a celebrity life, but still.

So let me just reiterate the team of judges before we start here. There were 5 judges for this contest, including my brother Oakley, my friend Laffie, one undisclosed friend, myself, and of course Ms. Kellie – the wonderful artist who will be painting the winning photo. I can tell you we had a heck of a time narrowing down the 333 photo entries we had into a final list of 10. From there we then chose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (oh, and 1 bonus winner ; ).

So first, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Dog Portrait Photos that made it to the final round (in no specific order):

long haired dachshund Rosie – photo by MatthewHailing from my hometown of Ottawa, Rosie is the definition of stoic. As you can see, she can really hold a great portrait pose.
funny dog expression Bruce – photo by LeaWe just loved Bruce’s expression here. For some reason, we can really picture him talking.. Although, you would have to picture him speaking Italian because he’s from Milan.
cute wiener dog puppy Susi – photo by MichaelaComing from Vienna, Susi is a real cutie and a sweetheart. Those wrinkled little cheeks are just begging for kisses from my Mum!
cute dog Petunia – photo by Krishna.A great photo. Petunia has such a soft and kind face..
peanut the dacshund Peanut – photo by AmandaLove the name peanut for this little brown dachshund from Maine, and that quirky smirk just adds to the character!
dachshund with lady bug on nose Blue – photo by Kristin.This is Blue asking his mom if he can keep the little lady bug on his nose!
brown dachshund puppy Pixie – photo by ElisabethThis little Australian puppy is as cute as a button, but doesn’t seem too sure about having her portrait taken ; )
black and tan mini dachshund Bauer – photo by AmyYou got to love Bauer’s ulta-casual pose here!
adorable long hair brown doxie Lego – photo by KayIf I didn’t know better, I might think that Lego has a professional photographer on staff, (as do I). Lovely picture and even lovelier dog.
wire haired dachshund Freddie – photo by JennaAs much as I may mistrust wire-haired dachshunds, you have to admit that Freddie is quite a charmer. I think I could trust this guy.

Alright, now it’s time for the winners!

Coming in as our 3rd place winner…

funny dog expression Bruce!

And our second place winner is…

peanut the dacshund Peanut!

And finally, our 1st Place Winner for the Portrait-Pose Photo Contest is…

dachshund with lady bug on noseBlue! We loved this picture as we could really envision it as a painting. Especially with those big, wanting eyes, and the little lady bug on the nose adds a special touch.

Congratulations to our winner!

But wait, since we had such a hard time choosing the winners, we just had to throw in a 4th (bonus) Place…

brown dachshund puppy Pixie!

I hope her expression brightens up when she realizes she was a winner ; )

So a big congratulations to our winners, and by that I mean everybody – because all the photos were winners to me! The end of a contest is always difficult, but it’s fun along the way. Thanks to everyone for participating, there will be many more to come!

I would also like to thank our very special artist, Kellie of Doodle Dog Paintings for making this awesome contest possible. She is very excited to paint the winner, and I can’t wait to show you all the painting once it’s done!

Keep posin’,

~ Crusoe

(winners will be contacted to arrange prizes).

Keep ballin’,