As Barney and I came back from our walk in the woods yesterday, we met Fern, Ruby and Tigga. They were excited to see Barney, but what these three eager beavers really wanted was to get to the woods.
They could smell it. They were nearly there. Why the hell are these two annoying people chatting when the woods are just around the corner?
Yesterday, I photographed a doggy TV star! Yes, this is THE Lucky the Chihuahua, as seen on ITV2s Top Dog Model program. Lucky made it all the way to the final three but was sadly runner-up to the overall winner Simba the Leonberger.
I first met Lucky at Discover Dogs last year; on that occasion I got a quick snap and blogged it (Discover Dogs blog post) along with lots of others. Lucky’s owner Isa, saw the post and liked The Dog Snapper Facebook page and has been liking the pictures I put up there ever since. In fact, the cover picture on Lucky’s Facebook page is the one I took at Discover Dogs. (I can also see that Lucky’s got double the amount of FB likes compared to me, but then again, he is a TV star).
Anyway, Isa got in touch as she needs some pics for a piece that Dogs Today magazine are going to run. They suggested supplying some of her own iPhone pics for the article, but wanting to see her dog looking his best, she thought she’d get in touch to get a dog photo session done. Great idea and he was fantastic to photograph in the Autumn light. So here he is, in lots of lovely warm light, autumnal colours and the odd silhouette thrown in for good measure. I’ll put the rest up on my Facebook page soon.
Thought it was about time my own dog Barney featured on the dog photography blog. He does get photographed quite a bit but like lots of the family-related stuff, tends to get left on a hard drive, sometimes edited, sometimes untouched. I’ll probably be old and grey and the kids will be long gone when I finally get around to doing something ‘proper’ with them like putting them in an album or a book.
Unfortunately, life has a habit of just getting in the way of everything.
Normal service is resumed after photographing those crazy dogs in their tutus and hats the other week.
Here’s Sidney, a Pug, who was busy pulling in the punters at the Longfield Road Boot Fair last weekend. We love boot fairs; there’s nothing like getting up at the crack of dawn and walking around a field looking at other people’s tat (and then buying it). There’s always lots of dogs too, usually looking very bored as their owners shuffle along, sifting through the junk. So, this week as I reached the end and waited for the others to finish, I made the owner get poor Sidney out of the car so I could get a snap of him on my phone. In fact, all the pics here were taken on my phone instead of my camera and with a little tweaking, have come out just fine.
Look how many people are crowded around this stall – they must have made a killing on the day!
Here’s the last lot of photos from Diva Dogs Day that I’m going to blog. The rest are on my Facebook page and I’m uploading all of them to the Online Shop part of my site in case anyone would like to buy prints or other items.
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Don’t forget you can see all the pics on the Facebook page and they have all been uploaded to the Online Shop in case anyone would like to buy prints etc.
Well it seems as though the backlash has started about various things that did or did not happen at Diva Dogs Day.
At least two Facebook pages have been set up, Leave Your Diva Dogs Day Complaints Here and Diva Dogs Day Opinions That Can’t Be Deleted. Gripes are coming thick and fast from stallholders and disgruntled attendees. Whether the outside bit was an indoor shopping village is a matter of opinion. It had a roof of some sorts, but no walls, so was open to the elements. It’s a good job it remained dry on the day as I feel a lot of the expensive stock could have got wet if it had rained. A lot of complaints seem to be from those who had bought the £50 VIP tickets. I don’t know if this was worth it or not; I’ve seen the response from the organisers on how the VIP area worked and what was on offer. Reading posts from people on the FB pages would tell you that all was not well with this. If you’re going to charge £50 for a VIP ticket, you need to make sure they have a good experience. I’m sure some people did have a good time but they won’t be the ones coming on to these FB pages. On the other hand, complaints of broken glass being left on the floor and no water bowls left out for the dogs is just unacceptable.
Whether you consider TOWIE/Gladiator type celebrities as something to get excited about is a personal taste. I wouldn’t know them from Adam – not my thing. However, I did recognise David Van Day and I did have a brief chat with actress Rebecca Ferdinando (who was lovely); I didn’t know who she was but got chatting after I had photographed her with her dog Jackson (the pic is below).
On the plus side, there were experts to offer advice on dog training, dog welfare, puppy farms, dog fashion shows and the agility stuff going on outside, but all of this is standard stuff at a dog show or country fair. The Guiness World Record couldn’t be verified officially which was a bit of an anti-climax.
The way I see it, the whole event was a big promotional oppotunity for Louise Harris and her business. With TV cameras there to film the proceedings, even a purple Lhasa Apso was not going to be upstaged by a grown woman in a pink tutu with a book to sell.
It’s seems as though the organisers have over promised and under delivered, leaving the paying public feeling short-changed. So, the fight goes on and reading some of the posts, there’s a lot of unhappy people out there. Demands for refunds and threats to get Trading Standards involved, will carry on. I do believe that Louise Harris has offered some recompense to disgruntled punters – a 40% discount on any purchase from her store. Oh dear.
On a lighter note, I hope you like the pics. Comments always welcome.
More to come tomorrow. Don’t forget, if you like what you see, please ‘like’ my Facebook page. I’ll be adding all the pics from the day to an album on the FB page very soon.
Here’s the next installment of dog photographs from the Diva Dogs Show event at the weekend.
There’ll be more coming tomorrow and at the end of the week I shall upload all the pics to my Online Shop where you’ll be able to buy prints etc.
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