Wow, what a fantastic response I’ve had to my dog photography blog!
I hoped the blog would get a few people talking and I’d have something for you to follow on a regular basis. I have to say I’ve been really encouraged by the comments I’ve had both through the site, on Facebook, Twitter and of course, when I see you in person out and about on the dog walks.
To date, I’ve posted 65 times and have had about 4500 visits to the site and I’m more than pleased. But I don’t want it to stop there. If you know of anyone who is a local dog owner or even if they aren’t, please pass this website address on to them. On a daily basis, I still see dogs that I haven’t seen before, so I know that there are loads of dog owners out there who haven’t seen the blog or heard anything about it.
And ‘liking’ the blog on Facebook too. Let’s see if we can get the likes to over 100 before Christmas. If you’ve hovered over that ‘like’ button without pressing, now is the time. Please can you share this Facebook link if you haven’t done so in the past. All of the ways to follow/like/subscribe to this blog can be found in the right hand column if you scroll down a little.
Hope you like the Christmas card. I took me about two hours to do but at least I have a template now, so expect the same again next year (maybe with new pictures though).
By the way, the draw for the dog to appear in the star was conducted under strict EU Competition Law conditions and was witnessed by an independent ajudicator. The winner was a dog called Barney. Well done Barney.
Today’s dog is owned by ‘A modern Renaissance Man’ or so it says on Dave Arthur’s blog page.
Dave has lead a rich and varied life through music, storytelling and writing. I first met Dave years back as I went to school with one of his sons and he’s always been a fascinating bloke to talk to. I’ll leave you to click through to his website as Dave tells it much better than I ever could.
So, back to the dog – this time it’s Dusty, Dave’s Lurcher. Obviously, lurchers are quick and ideally suited for racing and hunting. Dusty is also a great jumper and will clear fences and stiles so you’ve got to be careful.
She’s also a tree climber. Since taking these pics, I’ve talked to another lurcher-owner to see if this is a common trait but no, not wth this other one.
The pics at the end have got to be a couple of my favourites since I started this blog. Maybe it’s the setting with the trees in the background but for me, there’s just an air of mystery about them.
All the images featured on this dog photography blog have been added to my Online Shop. Here you can buy prints, wall products, t-shirts, keyrings etc of the pictures featured and often a few more that were kept which weren’t blogged.
Anything ordered will be delivered directly to you (+ very quickly) and if you want something before Christmas, you’ve probably got about a week left to order.
On the same walk last week when I saw and photographed Stan (the chocolate Lab in the previous post), I also came across Ollie, a ten week old Boxer puppy.
Ollie was actually on his first proper dog walk and loving every minute of it.
Storywise, this just worked perfectly as the aptly-named canine equivalent of Laurel & Hardy were having great fun chasing each other around.
Last week surely was a good week for puppies what with also photographing Nigella’s Miniature Schnauzer pups.
Finally got around to getting a pic of Stan, a chocolate Labrador who often goes out with a group of three dog-walking ladies after the morning school run.
Stan hasn’t yet featured so this balances things up. I’m told he’s clumsy but chilled and like so many dogs, is amazingly tolerant of the kids and puts up with everything they can dish out to him. He’s often used as a cushion for TV watching and I’m sure he loves it.
He also has one of the largest tongues I’ve ever seen.
Had a mooch around The Pantiles last weekend. There was lots going on with people Christmas shopping and visitors to The Farmers’ Market, which takes place every first and third Saturday of the month.
First up is Chas, a Shar Pei
Alfie, is a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky cross who was keeping watch amongst the veg on the Bishop’s Green Grocers stall. Apparently Alfie is scared of butchers shops which can’t be easy when your green grocers is positioned up in the top of the town near the Opera House, right next to a butchers. But he does like cake.
Next up is Ruby, a Cockerpoo.
I photographed Banjo last time the market was on as the owners have the Strange Fruits stall. The Strangefruits Band were performing to a gathered audience at the bandstand and were playing good music. Great to see young musicians playing live with talent and confidence. Even Banjo joined in.
Last up, is the very handsome Harvey, a Pointer.
Got my first look at Nigella’s Miniature Schnauzer puppies yesterday.
Well, everyone loves a puppy and these are unbelievably cute. They are now about 4½ weeks old having been born on my birthday, 5th November. I used to get the whole, ‘Why weren’t you called Guy?’ banter and I’m glad to say that one of boys is called Sparky in honour of the birth date.
The other dog in the litter is Bruno and the two bitches are Freda and Margo.
I know there has been lots of excitement and interest in these pups, but I’m afraid to say that they are all spoken for now.
They are such time-wasters. You get drawn in to watching them. Trying to get them arranged for a team group was like herding cats. I really should have filmed the whole episode rather than photograph it, as it was so funny watching Sam (the owner) place each of them on the blanket roll in a line. It was as though they were on a conveyor belt where one would get up and leave followed by the next, to be replaced by Sam at the other end. This went on for ages.
Trying to name them all in a line is tricky, but Sam was able to give me their names on the individual pictures. I still can’t identify them lined up though.
I’m posting a few more pics than normal and there are a few extras as well which I’ll be uploading to the Shop in case any of the new owners would like to purchase a print of their new little bundles. Oooh, just in time for Christmas.