A month or so back, we met up with a friend and her newly acquired Newfoundland, Rainzie, that the family had rescued. They have always had ‘Newfies’ and are big fans of this Giant Breed Dog.
Rainzie, is a great big, cuddly bear of a dog. Although they can be a bit stubborn, Newfies usually have a sweet temperament and are natural nursemaids (think Nana in Peter Pan).
But their real prowess is in the water. They are expert swimmers with a frame built for bouyancy and power. The oily, double coat is ideal in cold water. Their giant paws act as paddles, the large, thick tail a rudder and their lips and jowls allow for breathing and carrying something in their mouths at the same time. I have heard warnings from Newfie owners that if you do not wish to be forcibly removed from the water, then you had better not go swimming with one!
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to witness Rainzie in the water (apart from bounding along the stream in the woods). He gave Barney the chase for the first twenty minutes or so but that huge frame can’t be easy to lug around for too long. The little rests got more and more frequent and the drool came…and kept coming. Oh yes, this is a drooly breed of dog. Having a breed like this requires the owner to have towels and flannels to hand and any set up portraits start with a bit of a face clean. It also makes for extra work after taking the pics with more retouching. Just how much do you get rid of? After all, it’s part of the make up of the dog. There’s hair too…they can certainly shed the hair, often losing their coats twice a year. Not a breed for the overly house proud.
It’s great going for a walk with the more unusual, less common breeds. Because of his shear size, Rainzie towered over most dogs and he just becomes a natural conversation starter with other dog walkers you meet.
And did I mention that they drool a bit?
Just look at him go!
Isn’t it funny how people get a dog once the ‘having kids’ thing is all done?
That’s what happened to us. And every morning I see lots of the mums and dads walking their little kiddies up to school, past our house and loads of them now have a dog in tow. It would seem to be the thing to do.
So these photo session pics are of a newly-acquired pup called Ruby (a Jack Russell) who belongs to our friends who live around the corner. She was only about 12 weeks when these were taken. Ahhh.
I’m back. Apologises for my absense in the past six weeks, but I’m blaming it on dog-overkill from Crufts.
Anyway, this post is from a dog photo session I did earlier in the week out in Chiddingstone. It was a fantastic job to do for a few reasons. Firstly, I got to meet one of the brides I photographed (yes, I photograph weddings also, check out the link to my main photo website) about three years ago again, as it was Sophie who had got in touch, asking about dog photography for her mum’s Springer Spaniel, Megan.
After a little back and forth on the phone, trying to avoid the rain, rain, rain that we’ve had, we finally managed to get it on. Which meant a trip back to Jane’s (Sophie’s mum) absolutely beautiful cottage in Chiddingstone, with a garden to die for. Yes, these pictures were taken in amongst the bluebells that are in the wooded part of the garden. How fantastic is that!
So it was great to see Jane and Sophie again and also the new addition to the family, as Sophie had new five month old baby George in tow.
So back to Megan, a 6 year old Springer Spaniel X who was fantastically well-behaved having been very well trained by Jane. As you know, I’m very partial to a Spaniel and she was just like my Barney – full of beans and happy to chase a ball around. Simple pleasures.
After photographing in the garden, we finished off in Puckden Woods which also has masses of bluebells.
I promise to get going again with my regular posts of the dogs around the area. I still have a few in the bag that I need to blog about so keep coming back.