This is Woody a two year old Cocker Spaniel over on the Ridgeway having great fun with the ball flinger.
From afar, I was intrigued by his outfit and found out later that it was a trouser suit by Cosipet. According to the owner, it’s the “Greatest invention ever. Saves all the bathing, knots and muddy floors.”
Wonder if I could get Barney into one of those?
After watching last night’s “The Secret Life of Dogs” on ITV1, I’ve been prompted to post this picture of Barney at Cooden Beach in mid-shake. There’s nothing new in this sort of picture, but it’s very hit and miss trying to photograph it. Apparently, there’s a sort of corkscrew motion going on, starting at the head and working it’s way down the body. Whatever it is, don’t be near it once it starts, or you’re gonna get wet!
Also check out Carli Davidson for some lovely studio pics of contorted dog faces during a shake.
Just had to get out early this morning. In anticipation of me being gone a long time and with no breakfast inside, my lovely wife even made me a flask of coffee. Barney very quickly sensed that a Sunday morning lie in was not on the cards and he was champing at the bit. We headed over the Ridgeway, down the pathway to Pennington Road and across the road on to Hilly Fields. I love it over there. If you get there early, it’s very peaceful and the sun is so low at this time of year giving the crisp, frosty ground a lovely a glow. I’m always on the look out for nice light and found some great ‘bands’ of light where the trees were casting long shadows. I’m certainly building an immense portfolio of pictures of Barney carrying sticks and logs. It’s rather charming because that’s what he does and he obviously enjoys it. Other people often comment on how cute it all looks and say things like, “look at the size of the stick he’s carrying” and I usually reply with, “that’s nothing, you should have seen the one he was carrying last week.” I like to ‘big up’ my boy.
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.
Amazing really, but it looks as though this log grew from a little stick to the size of a fence post in the space of one dog walk.
Ahhh, my little Barney, he does love carrying a stick and I photographed him over at Hayesden Country Park in Tonbridge the other day with this one. I’m not saying it’s the biggest log I’ve ever seen being carried by a dog (size isn’t everything), but he does create a fair bit of interest by doing things like this. It certainly amused the super-excited people from Thailand and one had her camera out pretty smartish to get a snap.
I particularly like the shot of him on the bridge. It reminded me of the game where you move the loop around the wire without making the buzzer go off.
from small sticks, big logs do grow
Look, it’s no big deal, it’s just a log
Oh dear, a big dog with log-envy
Second day in and I don’t think I’ll ever get my bearings. I keep saying it, but it’s huge and the trade stands just go on and on. I’m trying to resist not spending all my money. No Barney, you have a bed already. But they look so comfy. No, stop it. I have bought him a flea comb though; he’ll be pleased about that. Or maybe not – it’s a bit like receiving socks for Christmas – practical but not very exciting. Might just have to get him a glow in the dark collar though.
It’s funny in that although this is a big dog show with lots of dog displays, breed showing in the various arenas, heelwork, flyball, demonstrations etc, I still find myself more drawn to just photographing the dogs around and about. Sort of hanging out, snatched pictures and informal portraits. To me, I find this more interesting.
Lots of people are going on to the blog at the moment as the word gets around. If anyone has any requests or would like me to stop by in the next two days, feel free to get in touch and I’ll see if I can find you. Having said that, I didn’t manage to meet up with my pug contact from Tunbridge Wells, but I promise I’ll get some pug shots to make up for it.
Next blog post will be from the main arena for the Group Judging and Presentation for the Gundogs.
Mugly, Chinese Crested – I was told that Mugly is considered the most ugly dog in the world – I’m not so sure. He’s a real crowd pleaser and this Pets As Therapy dog lots of attention. Not surprised when you get carted around a pushchair.
Dare, Working Cocker Spaniel. Had to get this lovely lady on the blog – Barney will appreciate it when he logs on this evening.
Byron, Golden Retriever. I went and took a close up of Byron afterwards and although I was staring at him through the lens, when he let a loud woof, I jumped out of my skin. What a wuss.
Whiskey, Scottish Terrier.
Alfie, Working Sheepdog. Alfie and the next two were competing in the Advanced Obedience.
Indy, Working Sheepdog. Love all the good luck cards, charms, balloons etc. This seems to be the thing to do for the dogs in this competition.
Ricky, Border Collie.
Yoda (right) & Vader, French Bulldogs. In amongst all these people and dogs, I come across one that I’ve photographed before (at Discover Dogs).
Vader (right) & Yoda, French Bulldogs
Dom, Toy Poodle
Dom, Toy Poodle (left) & Gizmo (Lhasa/Terrier X)
Tito, German Shepherd. Lovely light-coloured Pets As Therapy dog
The Kent and Sussex Courier dropped on the doormat this morning and the wait was over. It has been over ten days now since the Courier reporter Amy De-Keyzer had visited and we’d chatted about blogging, dogs, photography and weddings. At the end, we had picked out some images to illustrate the piece. Apparently the Editor of the paper had seen the shot of Dizzy the Dalmatian in the snow from a couple of weeks back and had been intrigued.
I quickly flicked through the paper and found the article over two pages with plenty of images used too. I went to make a cup of tea and turned to find Barney sitting on the bench taking first look. He particularly liked the bit about the blog becoming an “internet sensation.”
Thanks Amy, it’s great and Barney gives it a big paws-up too.