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?
Unlike this morning’s depressing weather, last week was blue skies all the way and great for early morning dog photography. I walked Barney over the farmer’s field to the Bidborough side and came across a woman walking five dogs. I’d not met Llinos before but she runs a business called PuppyPals offering dog walking, dog care and boarding services. I was immediately drawn to the two Dalmatians, Tia and Poppy, she had with her. They just happen to be one of those breeds that is so striking to look at. So when two come along together, it’s no contest – the poor old Labrador didn’t get a look in.
It’s nearly a year since I started this dog photography blog and I’ve only come across one other Dalmatian during this time. It was a very fortunate meeting though as I met Dizzy, the Dalmatian on a snowy day back in February and the picture worked so well, I now use it on my business card.
Tia (with red collar) and Poppy (purple collar) looked particularly good on this bright, sunny morning and I love the way the brow of the hill leaves a nice, clean, blue sky backdrop.
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
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!
Back over to Grosvenor Park this morning to seek out the Lazy Dog Walkers. Aptly named group. Yes, they really do just stand about in the middle of the football pitch chatting and launching tennis balls from those ball-flinger things.
Good socialising for the dogs though.
Don’t forget about the FoGH Open Meeting at St Barnabas School tomorrow morning (Saturday). I think I’m still due to go along. Might even take Barney if dogs are allowed.
What a great way to start the New Year!
I saw on Twitter that a few dog walkers were going to get together at Broadwater Warren so what better way to get to know the faces behind the Twitter names. Eleven owners and eleven dogs could have been tricky but they all seemed to get on fine. It was good to chat to the owners as we went round, some with dog-related businesses and others just keen dog people.
Unlike in previous (individual dog) posts, I can’t name each and every dog here. But, in time, I’ll get to recognise them and will be able to give each of them the credit they deserve.
Twoofers as I believe this dog walking group been named, will hopefully become a regular monthly meet up so I shall be along there again. Look forward to seeing you all next time and Happy New Year.
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Thought I’d put this up as the light can be so nice in the morning over Southborough Common at the Cricket Ground, especially backlit.
I can’t identify the dog or walker but, for me, sometimes pictures just need to be taken. Since starting this blog, most of the dogs I have photographed have been with the permission of the owner after a brief introduction and a quick chat about the dog. That way I have the go ahead and some information to write a couple of lines about the dog in question.
But, sometimes, I just take pictures I see of life going on around me and this is often a lot more satisfying. For example, while out dog walking, I see a dog in the distance bounding towards me with the owners following behind. I know this would often make a lovely picture especially if the dog is approaching along some picturesque tree-lined path or emerging over a hill or whatever.
Of course I don’t want to rub people up the wrong way by photographing them while they’re going about their daily business without letting them know what I’m doing. I must say though, that on the whole, I get a very positive response to what I’m doing and most people are more than happy to let me get on with it and I often get lovely comments when I see them again if they’ve spotted their dog in a post.
So, if anyone knows who this dog or walker is, please pass on this blog address to them so they can see for themselves.