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.
It’s Working and Pastoral dogs today, so they feature quite heavily. Here’s a selection from my rounds.
Muki (right) & Fodi, Komondor
Harley, Bearded Collie
Tyler (right) & Dream, Bearded Collies
Panda, Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Shadow, Border Collie
from left, Diamond, Sapphire & Freya, Border Collies
l to r – Brisa, Heidi, Rupert, Merlin & Cerrig, Papillons
Brisa, Heidi, Rupert, Merlin, Anton & Cerrig, Papillon
Bruce, Border Collie
Ash, Rough Collie
Diamond & Kissy, Belgium Shepherds
Valverde, Estrela Mountain Dog
Valverde, Estrela Mountain Dog
Kai (left) & Ciela, Maremma Sheepdog
Giselle, German Shepherd Dog
Monty, Shetland Sheepdog
Bert the Great Dane enjoying Billy + Margot iced treats
Asra, Alaskan Malamute
Bearded Collie showing
Dilly, Welsh Corgi
Old English Sheepdog, Best in Breed
from left, Apple, Amy & Ben, St Bernard
Trevor, St Bernard
Floyd, Hungarian Puli
Floyd, Hungarian Puli
Truls & Tyke, Swedish Vallhund
Second day in and I don’t think I’ll ever get my bearings. I keep saying it, but it’s huge and the trade stands just go on and on. I’m trying to resist not spending all my money. No Barney, you have a bed already. But they look so comfy. No, stop it. I have bought him a flea comb though; he’ll be pleased about that. Or maybe not – it’s a bit like receiving socks for Christmas – practical but not very exciting. Might just have to get him a glow in the dark collar though.
It’s funny in that although this is a big dog show with lots of dog displays, breed showing in the various arenas, heelwork, flyball, demonstrations etc, I still find myself more drawn to just photographing the dogs around and about. Sort of hanging out, snatched pictures and informal portraits. To me, I find this more interesting.
Lots of people are going on to the blog at the moment as the word gets around. If anyone has any requests or would like me to stop by in the next two days, feel free to get in touch and I’ll see if I can find you. Having said that, I didn’t manage to meet up with my pug contact from Tunbridge Wells, but I promise I’ll get some pug shots to make up for it.
Next blog post will be from the main arena for the Group Judging and Presentation for the Gundogs.
Mugly, Chinese Crested – I was told that Mugly is considered the most ugly dog in the world – I’m not so sure. He’s a real crowd pleaser and this Pets As Therapy dog lots of attention. Not surprised when you get carted around a pushchair.
Dare, Working Cocker Spaniel. Had to get this lovely lady on the blog – Barney will appreciate it when he logs on this evening.
Byron, Golden Retriever. I went and took a close up of Byron afterwards and although I was staring at him through the lens, when he let a loud woof, I jumped out of my skin. What a wuss.
Whiskey, Scottish Terrier.
Alfie, Working Sheepdog. Alfie and the next two were competing in the Advanced Obedience.
Indy, Working Sheepdog. Love all the good luck cards, charms, balloons etc. This seems to be the thing to do for the dogs in this competition.
Ricky, Border Collie.
Yoda (right) & Vader, French Bulldogs. In amongst all these people and dogs, I come across one that I’ve photographed before (at Discover Dogs).
Vader (right) & Yoda, French Bulldogs
Dom, Toy Poodle
Dom, Toy Poodle (left) & Gizmo (Lhasa/Terrier X)
Tito, German Shepherd. Lovely light-coloured Pets As Therapy dog
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!
Change of scenery this morning. I took Barney over to Grosvenor Park after being contacted by a local Tunbridge Wells group called Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park (FoGH).
FoGH launched in 2011 to support the Tunbridge Wells council bid for Heritage Lottery Funding. This process is still on-going and they are keen to promote use of the Park and have many events lined up for the future including an Open Meeting this Saturday (28th Jan) morning at St Barnabas School Hall.
Somebody from FoGH had seen my blog and asked whether I’d be interested in taking some pictures of the dogs that use the Park, so over I went.
I didn’t realise there was so much to it. I was born and brought up in Tunbridge Wells and have used the Park’s facilities, but only really to take the kids to the play area and the pond. There’s so much more to see further round and it’s a great dog walking space. I’ve got quite used to walking in the Southborough woods which are fairly enclosed and as a change, I really enjoyed being out in the open. Photographically, this made things simpler as I could spot dog walkers in the distance and shimmy on over.
Apparently there’s a group that meet up (could this be the Lazy Dog Walkers of Grosvenor Park?) on one of the football pitches each morning as a sort of social thing. I think I may have missed them by going a bit later but I will try to catch them in the next day or so.
Met some friendly owners and lovely dogs and I’ve grouped a few together here. Must mention Louise, the lady in red with the Westies (with the red coats). They all looked so colour coordinated. Louise sent me a lovely email after viewing my blog with suggestions about how to describe her dogs and much praise for what I was doing. There really are some nice people out there.
Suzy is a “cheeky little scamp and likes chasing squirrels, who always manage to run faster than her (thank goodness)”, she also has plenty to say for herself, unlike older and wiser April, who “is much more reserved and would rather be back at home curled up in front of the fire that traipsing round the park in the cold and wet.”
8 year old Robbie, is diabetic, needs insulin injections daily, has impaired hearing and only 25% vision.
Nina, now 4 years old, was rescued from her cruel owners at the age of one. She had been so badly kicked and punched that she had to have her front right leg removed. Luckily she was rescued by South Coulsdon RSPCA and rehomed by her loving new owner who told me Nina is “her best mate.”
Managed to slip over on a slimy tree root before taking these. One minute I was standing there, the next I’m a pathetic mess on the floor. Most importantly though, I kept the camera up…hurray.
Once the dogs had stopped laughing at me, I got to work.
These two are Smudge, an 11 year old Shih Tzu and Meg, a 14 month old Border Collie.
A couple from Hastings were at Dunorlan Park at the weekend, giving some agility training to their two Border Collies, Sami (Black dog) and Ruby.
It was very impressive to watch the two dogs working in tandem and under complete control. They attend various shows across the country meeting up with other trainers and dogs doing the same thing.