Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winning smiles

Top picks from our first Valley Pets photo contest


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM

As Express Editor Greg Foley and I happily plunged into the stacks of more than 100 photos of your beloved pets, we awed appropriately and grinned adoringly, thinking, "What a lovely departure from the news of the day." Weeks later, we were contorting, squirming, waffling and whining about how hard it was to choose a winner—how everyone was a winner. And then, we argued. Was it content? Was it composition? Was it cuteness? And finally, with the press waiting, we went for it, making—as we will for our children—the difficult choices that prove that life is not indeed fair. And we picked from our gut. So, with that, we present the top dog, Jamie Ellison's magnificent hound Moose, top, appreciating the valley and plotting his next move. In the runner-up category, Anne Jeffery photographed her neighbor's cat, Spencer, swinging on her garden gate in Griffin Ranch, above. Joshua Wells captured his dogs Cocoa, Lucy, Jack and Zoe waiting for snow on Dollar, above right. Golden retrievers Gracie and Georgia help Mary Speck prepare her East Fork gardens last spring, right. And, because we can't hurt feelings, of kids or otherwise, we are delighted to offer a slideshow gallery of all of the contributed photos. Go to our website, www.mtexpress.com. Thanks to all. Enjoy, as we have, and we hope to see you next year!

—Jennifer Liebrum, Valley Pets co-editor

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Moose
Photo by Jaime Ellison

Runners-Up


Spencer
Photo by Anne Jeffery

Cocoa, Lucy, Jack and Zoe
Photo by Joshua Wells

Gracie and Georgia
Photo by Mary Speck

For a look at all the entrants, click here




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