About this time last year, we had snow and I managed to photograph a few dogs on the Common and over at the bomb crater where loads of people were sledging.
One of the dogs I photographed last year was Nelson the Pointer and he was the first dog I came across again yesterday. He’s such a handsome chap and I love his black coat with grey flecks down the front.
I met a couple who had four rescue dogs from GRWE Greyhound Rescue (here’s the link to their Facebook Page Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue in the South East). From left to right they are Poppy and Tully (Whippet Xs), Lenny and Stanley (Lurchers). This charity does great work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused and abandoned greyhounds and lurchers. These four were such lovely dogs and were being very good considering all the fun that was going on around them. I love the way these jacketed dogs on different coloured leads are all looking out the picture the same way.
Leya is a Spanish Water Dog and I always like seeing breeds that don’t crop up that often. This is a breed of dog developed by shepherds in Spain as a multi-purpose herder. They’re sometimes used as a gundog, as well as an assistant to fishermen.
Others photographed were Hattie, the Border Collie, an unknown Weimeraner and of course a few shots of my Barney who raced around on the slopes dodging the sledgers.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I never did get round to putting up my greedy Barney picture so here it is.
Christmas Eve, stockings hung up on fireplace, glass of wine and mince pie left out for Santa, but my dog just couldn’t wait.
Apparently they taste better when you eat the tin foil as well.