Here’s a camera phone pic of little Macy, a seven month old Jug (Jack Russell/Pug X) outside the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre. We (as dog owners) were doing the swimming pool-child-pick-up-thing while the dogs were happily checking each other out. Like the dog print Joules wellies!
Not all my dog photography sessions end with the dog falling in a fountain but this is what happened to Bobby, an eight month old Westie/Bichon Frise X. We were nearing the end of a session at Dunorlan Park with Bobby posing on one of the plinths by the fountain, when he decided to get a closer look. In a water nympth-like jesture, Bobby sort of just plopped into the water but was quickly grabbed upon by the owner before the weeds could get hold of him. Poor, young Bobby took on the apperance of a drowned rat while three grown adults couldn’t stop laughing. Still, no damage done and we now know that Bobby can swim.
Here’s a couple of dogs I photographed the other day at Hayesden Country Park.
The first two pictures are of Max, an absolutely beautiful four month old Siberian Husky/Northern Inuit X.
These are followed by Lucy, a slightly older Border Terrier pup who belongs to some friends of ours who were just finishing their walk as we set off.
Max, Siberian Husky/Northern Inuit X
Lucy, Border Terrier
The Olympic Torch Relay hit my home town of Tunbridge Wells today but I nearly didn’t go. I wanted to get on with last week’s wedding pictures and but Mrs Dog Snapper made it very clear that I was required for child control business and was to bring my camera also. She always knows best.
The sun came out as the hoards walked along St Johns Road up to the town where we decided that just outside Alexander Boyes Estate Agency would be the perfect place to plonk ourselves. The man next to us pointed out a couple of ‘flag ladies’ who were handing them out for free, so that was that bit done.
With twenty minutes or so before the torch went by, the morning was to turn into a little dog snapping session. First up there was the two Labradoodles named after areas on the shipping forecast. Cromarty is the white one and Fisher, the black one. I was told that there is or was, also an Alsatian, aptly named German Bight. This was all looking and sounding very good. I’m part of a quiz team and the shipping forecast comes up quite a bit so I’ve made an extra effort to familiarise myself with it. Although, it has no practical use for me, there’s something quite mesmerising about listening to the shipping forecast when it comes on (a bit like hearing The Archers theme tune). I even miss it when listening to Test Match Special on DAB radio as they don’t break for it like they do on LW radio.
So after these two had been photographed, I had to see if there were any more and spotted a Springer Spaniel across the road, outside Sankeys restaurant (with their extra scaffold frontage!!) I’m not sure if this dog is the same Lily that I photographed in Grosvenor Park a few months back (she was a very wet dog then) but I did recognise the owner as being a girl I went to Primary School with. Some people just never get out of Tunbridge Wells.
Lastly, behind where we were sitting is Lulu, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, trying to get an elevated position on the steps for when the torch came by. I’m glad it wasn’t a really long wait and the crowds definately grew and grew as the masses came out of their offices. A helicopter signalled that they were near by, a few ‘official sponsors’ floats came past with happy, smiling, beautiful people on, waving at everybody. Then the real moment of excitement as the torch bearer wearing his ‘official tracksuit’ came by with a big grin flanked by four ‘official bodyguards’. I even made sure I got my kids in the frame on the right so they’ve got a something to look back on for the future. I’d like to let you know who this chap is but looking on the ‘official’ website, there’s no mention of him. Looking at the list of eight torch beariers coming through Tunbridge Wells, I could rule out four as they are female and he’s obviously not one of the men aged 43, 65 or 68. So he must be Alex Gerrity I thought, until I read ‘his’ biog and see that “My dream is to be the first Female Mayor of London…” I did go back to see if he was in fact a she, but no, he is definately a ‘he’, so I have no idea who he is. Someone put me right.
Cromarty and Fisher, Labradoodles
Lily, Springer Spaniel
Lulu, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Photographers at Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells
Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells
Annnnd, he’s gone.
After a few days off from the blog, I’m back with some pictures of Pip, my neighbour’s dog. He’s a Jack Russell X.
I’ve had lots of people commenting on the K&S Courier article from a couple of weeks back. Barney even got recognised in the vets this morning when he went for his yearly jabs.
I’m off to Crufts this week so if anybody knows any local owners/dogs who are going to be attending, showing, exhibiting up at the Birmingham NEC, please let me know. Or at least pass this blog site on to them. It would be good to get some pictures of local dogs/owners/businesses who have an association with the world’s largest dog show.
I’m hoping to get some blog posts done while I’m there so don’t forget to come back and have a look from Thursday onwards.
Change of scenery this week, with it being half term.
We all had a trip down to Bexhill and while Mrs Dog Snapper went in to the De La Warr Pavillion to have a look at the ‘Warhol Is Here’ exhibition, the three pups, Barney and myself had a stroll along the seafront.
Bexhill has some super dogs and so I had to approach some of owners about getting a couple of out-of-town dogs on the blog.
First up is Ruby, a four month old Dogue de Bordeaux. This breed always seems to get described as ‘like the dog from the film Turner & Hooch.’ I loved the out of season ice cream hut so Ruby was duly plonked in front of it to add a bit of seaside glamour.
The other dog that I can name is Saxon, a three year old Westie/Shih Tzu X, owned by a lovely lady who was just so friendly.
These last two from 2011 are both crossed with a Japanese Spitz.
Sydney is a very pretty Japanese Spitz / Papillon cross whereas Jack is Japanese Spitz / Jack Russell.