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The judges, Finley, Charlie and Skipper, deliberate.We asked for dogs, and we got dogs. Hundreds of them. About 200 of you responded to our Salty Paws Photo Contest, e-mailing us more than 400 images of your favorite four-legged shipmates.

Large, small, cute and well ... interesting-looking. Who doesn't love a good dog, a handsome boat and a nice day on the water? And if they aren't all water dogs in the traditional sense, it's clear that they all are boat dogs, which at the end of the day is all that really matters.

 

 

 

Grand Prize Winner - Bailey, golden retriever - Jane King, Mount Desert Island, Maine

 

For several months, we pinned to our cubicle walls each photo you sent us. As the entries grew, they spilled down our main editorial corridor, into offices and around a corner. Thank you for sharing. Certain photos made me smile each time I looked at them.

 

 

 

 

First Prize Winner - Kimmi, German shepherd/Akita mix - Gina and Michael Nowicki, Nanuet, N.Y.
Second Prize Winner - Snickers, Goldendoodle - Gregory Clement, Denver, Pa.
Third Prize Winner - Jasmine, Boston terrier/pug mix - Bill Engdall, Mystic, Conn.
Skipper, King Charles cavalier spaniel - Dee DeBernardis, Ridgewood, N.J. Tiller, West Highland white terrier - Kathy O'Connell, Sykesville, Md. Max, English cocker spaniel - Pam Van Den Berg, Green Bay, Wis.
Piper, vizsla - Diane Edwards, Marblehead, Mass. Bijou, papillon - Karen Kaye, Holland, Mich. Cove (and buddy Kaylen), cocker spaniel - Pam Ballantyne, Pocasset. Mass.

 

We knew that picking the winners wouldn't be easy, so we brought in a select panel of judges, as you can see from the photo above. Skipper is a 15-month-old black lab, Finley is an 18-month-old lab/spaniel mix, and Charlie is a 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier, which probably accounts for her artistic temperament.

Together they had the right eye (and nose) for the task, and they certainly did a good job of keeping the rest of us in line when it came to judging the finer points of dog photography. They insisted that it's all about having fun. We hope you agree.

 

Emma, Shih Tzu/poodle mix - Diane Metzler, Madison, Conn. Samantha, mixed breed, and Nick, golden retriever - Steve Thompson, Springfield, Va. Mattie and Wilma (on board), yellow Labrador retrievers - John Murch, North East, Md.
Jordan, golden retriever - James Speight, Wilmington, N.C. Topper, terrier mix - Georgia Blatterman, Duxbury, Mass. Katie and Libby, golden retrievers - David Rowe, Flushing, Mich.
Tully, English bulldog, with Beau and Murphy, black Labrador retrievers - Emily Harris, Charlotte, N.C. Taylor, yellow Labrador retriever - Nancy Franklin, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Jack, Jack-a-Bee - Randy Richards, Asheville, N.C. Sunny, yellow Labrador retriever - Brian Chapman, Miami Maggie, golden retriever - Jeff Damato, Noank, Conn.

You can view the entire Salty Paws crew at www.flickr.com/photos/soundingsonline.

This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue.

 


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