Got a call from Sam this morning who has a dog walking business (Waggin’ and Walkin’) to come along on a special dog walk in Penshurst. Sam is also the owner of Nigella who you may remember got together with Fred and produced four lovely Miniature Schnauzer pups back in November 2011. Today they all got together for a big family reunion dog walk, starting near Penshurst Place and walking around the estate there .
I took my camera to get a couple of snaps of the occasion and also made the mistake of taking my frisky Barney who spent the whole time trying to hump the poor Schnauzers (especially Bruno, oh dear). Never again. I’ve made that mistake one other time and it was exactly the same. So he’s staying at home next time – he doesn’t normally come on a dog walk when I am intending to photograph a dog, but as these were friends and it was all fairly informal, I chanced it. Hmmm. Thanks to all those who took his lead and got dragged along while I was trying to get some pics.
So back to the Schnauzer family. Half of them are little balls of fluff and the other half are neatly-trimmed balls of fluff. It was lovely to see them all together and they all got on great.
Half way round there’s a lovely log pile and I tried to get them together for a picture. Herding cats time! I trod down the long grass so that I could actually see them and various treats were used to get them in line. Luckily, a helpful Weimeraner trotted up close to me and they all stopped and looked my way, so I rattled a few off. I later got Sam to identify them from left to right on the back of the camera. Not sure if I can name them all in the other pics with any certainty but I’m sure someone can put me right.
Waggin’ and Walkin’ (Sam’s dog walking service) can be reached on 07886 036669.
start of the walk with Penshurst Place in the background
Bruno on right, while the others are ‘settled’
Freda, Fred and Nigella
(l to r) Freda, Fred, Nigella, Sparky, Bruno and Margo
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.
Got my first look at Nigella’s Miniature Schnauzer puppies yesterday.
Well, everyone loves a puppy and these are unbelievably cute. They are now about 4½ weeks old having been born on my birthday, 5th November. I used to get the whole, ‘Why weren’t you called Guy?’ banter and I’m glad to say that one of boys is called Sparky in honour of the birth date.
The other dog in the litter is Bruno and the two bitches are Freda and Margo.
I know there has been lots of excitement and interest in these pups, but I’m afraid to say that they are all spoken for now.
They are such time-wasters. You get drawn in to watching them. Trying to get them arranged for a team group was like herding cats. I really should have filmed the whole episode rather than photograph it, as it was so funny watching Sam (the owner) place each of them on the blanket roll in a line. It was as though they were on a conveyor belt where one would get up and leave followed by the next, to be replaced by Sam at the other end. This went on for ages.
Trying to name them all in a line is tricky, but Sam was able to give me their names on the individual pictures. I still can’t identify them lined up though.
I’m posting a few more pics than normal and there are a few extras as well which I’ll be uploading to the Shop in case any of the new owners would like to purchase a print of their new little bundles. Oooh, just in time for Christmas.