Having started this blog, not really knowing whether it would take off or not, I see it as having reached a happily-trundling-along stage. My dog walking has taken on an extra dimension with the anticipation of whom I might meet on the way. I used to stick the iPod on and go off into a world of Mike Harding, Bob Harris and Johnny Coppin and must admit that I do miss this ‘switching-off’ way of dog walking but I feel as though I do need to be more aware of what’s around me so listening to folky tunes is done while I stare at a computer screen now.
Come on, admit it, you like a nice puppy picture don’t you? If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you like dogs, own a dog, like dog pictures or have had a business card thrust into your hand so you thought you’d better check it out. Yes, of course you do, everyone likes puppies (or maybe I’m just getting soft in my old age). So when I saw little Lexie, an 11 week old black Labrador pup been walked this morning I had to cross the road. She has only just started to go out with her owner after having all the relevant jabs etc and was dead gorgeous.
No big rambling post today. Obviously we had a good covering of snow yesterday and I just had to get out there and photograph some dogs as you never know how long the snow will last.
I snapped them on my way to the bomb crater where I was going to meet up with my kids who were sledging.
There’s seven new dogs that I’ve not come across before and one that I do know.
I was really pleased to come across Dizzy, as I’ve not yet featured a Dalmatian on this blog and this was the perfect day to photograph one. She was quite a little truffle pig with her nose very much in the snow most of the time, but looks great with her head up in a snowy backdrop. I’m not sure whether I prefer the original colour files or the black and white conversions. I like the way there’s a little splash of colour in the last remaining leaves, but having a white dog with dark spots on a largely white backdrop just works in b&w too.
Nelson, German Sort-haired Pointer – essentially this is nightmare to shoot – black dog on a white backdrop while trying to retain a bit landscape detail. Ends up looking like a studio shot. I ended up going in close to just shoot a portrait as the wider stuff didn’t work.
Had a walk with some of the Southborough School mums this morning and got this posed team group at the end.
Thank you ladies – always good to have a gossip.
Talking of nattering, don’t forget to listen to BBC London’s Barking at the Moon program tomorrow night (Thursday) at 10pm as I’m going on the show. Eeekkk!
Monty was in disgrace when I met him. This Labradoodle had nearly managed to get hit by a car when he ran out in the road around the Modest Corner area.
So he was back the lead and being walked by the disgruntled owner. Oh dear.
On this most foul day with it coming down in buckets, I thought I’d get this up from the middle of December taken on a lovely Winter’s day.
The mother and daughter owners were walking three black dogs between them. The owner mother had charge of a mother and daughter combination herself, by way of two black Labradors. The mother is Cassie (11 yrs) and the daughter Inca (7yrs) and they were two of the most well-behaved dogs I’ve ever come across.
The lovely two year old Working Cocker Spaniel is Aster and she had great fun running around with Barney.
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.
Here’s Maisy, a chocolate labrador who looks great in the Autumn colours.
The one thing I find with Labs is that they are such sniffers, always rooting around on the floor, that you have to pick your moment when they’ve got their head up.
Either that or you get them to sit and pose – much easier.