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Another Snazzy Dresser

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment

This is Woody a two year old Cocker Spaniel over on the Ridgeway having great fun with the ball flinger.

From afar, I was intrigued by his outfit and found out later that it was a trouser suit by Cosipet. According to the owner, it’s the “Greatest invention ever. Saves all the bathing, knots and muddy floors.”

Wonder if I could get Barney into one of those?

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

Woody, Cocker Spaniel

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Dog Shaking

February 1, 2013 1 comment

After watching last night’s “The Secret Life of Dogs” on ITV1, I’ve been prompted to post this picture of Barney at Cooden Beach in mid-shake. There’s nothing new in this sort of picture, but it’s very hit and miss trying to photograph it. Apparently, there’s a sort of corkscrew motion going on, starting at the head and working it’s way down the body. Whatever it is, don’t be near it once it starts, or you’re gonna get wet!

Dog shaking

Also check out Carli Davidson for some lovely studio pics of contorted dog faces during a shake.

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Sunday afternoon snow dogs

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

Dogs in snow

Nelson, Pointer

Dogs in snow

Nelson, Pointer

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.

Dogs in snow

l to r: Poppy and Tully (Whippet Xs), Lenny and Stanley (Lurchers)

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.

Dogs in snow

Leya, Spanish Water Dog

Dogs in snow

Leya, Spanish Water Dog

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.

Dogs in snow

Hattie, Border Collie

Weimeraner

Dogs in snow

Barney, Working Cocker Spaniel

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Sunday Afternoon Dogs

December 30, 2012 1 comment

This afternoon, I took Barney out for a walk over on Tunbridge Wells Common. I fancied a change from the Southborough Woods as they are so boggy at the moment and many of the paths are like a mud soup. Maggie, my middle one came too, on the promise of stopping by at Wellington Rocks and a hot chocolate afterwards somewhere near the Pantiles.

I must admit I was a little unsure of where we might go for a drink; I do like a bit of people watching and (obviously) dog spotting and the outside seating areas along the Pantiles are great for this but didn’t really fancy sitting outside in the cold. So I turned to Twitter and thanks to @twrumours @royaltunwells @oneillholly @laurentphotog and @vegpatchsaf for your suggestions and help on this matter.

As we headed through The Grove and down on to the High Street, we came across a pair of what looked like Bearded Collies. On speaking to the owner, it appears that Storm and Misty are Cyprus Poodles. That’s a new one on me. The story behind it is that these two were found in Greece on a rubbish tip with their 16 puppies! There’s a charity called Greek Animal Rescue that’s doing great work in trying the get abandoned and ill-treated dogs into new homes. The Greek financial situation hasn’t helped and has resulted in more abandonments. In this case, the dogs were rescued, found new homes via the website and transported back to the UK.

Storm (left) and Misty, Cyprus Poodles

Storm (left) and Misty, Cyprus Poodles

Heading up on to the Common and Wellington Rocks, it wasn’t long before the next dogs appeared. First there was Wheezy, a three year old Cocker Spaniel followed by Mickey a five month old English Springer Spaniel. I didn’t really intend to photograph lots of dogs this afternoon but it just happened. Come to think of it, it always happens like this – who am I kidding? I didn’t have my cameras with me, only the phone. It is a good camera phone and when I got it, this was one of the the must haves as far as incorporated gadgets go, but it’s not the same as using the proper gear, but it will do for a back up. I think Barney enjoyed having a run around with these two. Poor old Wheezy had to stay on the lead as she apparently does a runner when she gets the chance and Mickey was very generous in sharing his ball – that wouldn’t happen with Barney.

Wheezy, Cocker Spaniel

Wheezy, Cocker Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

So after a good run about, it was down to the Pantiles where we first walked to the end checking out the possibilties for a coffee and a hot chocolate, indoors in the warm. That’s when we came across little Bert the Daschund in his dog wheelchair. Poor Bert had had two operations for a slipped disc and was using the walking aid in place of his back legs. The owner very kindly let me take a picture of him and let me know that he was doing very well and they were hopeful that he would make enough progress to walk unaided again soon.

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Walking back down the other end, we met Poppy the Pomeranian and Noodles the Poodle. Both parties had been sitting outside with their drinks but after a quick chat and a picture, Maggie and I heading into Blends Coffee Company once we had checked that they were cool with Barney coming in too.

Poppy, Pomeranian

Poppy, Pomeranian

Noodles, Poodle

Noodles, Poodle

We weren’t the only ones with a dog in Blends with a dog as another family had Belle the Dalmatian in tow. Here is the the old girl after I nabbed them on their way out.

Belle, Dalmatian

Belle, Dalmatian

For me, as a dog lover, I like to find places that are happy to accommodate both me and my dog when we’re out. I appreciate that not everyone likes dogs or wants them around in eating establishments and that there is often seating outside giving you that option. I heard an interesting program on Radio 4 this week ( I think it was You and Yours) where they were speaking to cafe owners in Keswick in the Lake District, which is appparently the most dog friendly town in the UK. Because there are so many walkers and holidaymakers with dogs in this part of the country, if you say ‘no’ to dogs coming into your cafe/pub etc then you’re shooting yourself in the foot as plenty of others would be happy to oblige and help you spend your cash. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

As we walked back from the Pantiles, the last dog we saw was not so lucky. To his credit, he was being extremely well-behaved and sat there very nicely. I hope his owners gave him a little titbit when they came out of Juliets in the High Street. I may be wrong and they may welcome dogs inside but as a punter walking past looking for a place to go with my dog in tow, I think I’d be walking straight past.

Sunday afternoon dogs

Sunday afternoon dogs

If anyone would like to suggest any dog friendly cafes/bars/pubs etc in the Tunbridge Wells area, feel free to leave a comment.

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Happy New Year to you all.

The Dog Snapper’s Dog

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

dog photographer Kent

dog photographer Tunbridge Wells

Diva Dogs Day Photos 4

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Well it seems as though the backlash has started about various things that did or did not happen at Diva Dogs Day.

At least two Facebook pages have been set up, Leave Your Diva Dogs Day Complaints Here and Diva Dogs Day Opinions That Can’t Be Deleted. Gripes are coming thick and fast from stallholders and disgruntled attendees. Whether the outside bit was an indoor shopping village is a matter of opinion. It had a roof of some sorts, but no walls, so was open to the elements. It’s a good job it remained dry on the day as I feel a lot of the expensive stock could have got wet if it had rained. A lot of complaints seem to be from those who had bought the £50 VIP tickets. I don’t know if this was worth it or not; I’ve seen the response from the organisers on how the VIP area worked and what was on offer. Reading posts from people on the FB pages would tell you that all was not well with this. If you’re going to charge £50 for a VIP ticket, you need to make sure they have a good experience. I’m sure some people did have a good time but they won’t be the ones coming on to these FB pages. On the other hand, complaints of broken glass being left on the floor and no water bowls left out for the dogs is just unacceptable.

Whether you consider TOWIE/Gladiator type celebrities as something to get excited about is a personal taste. I wouldn’t know them from Adam – not my thing. However, I did recognise David Van Day and I did have a brief chat with actress Rebecca Ferdinando (who was lovely); I didn’t know who she was but got chatting after I had photographed her with her dog Jackson (the pic is below).

On the plus side, there were experts to offer advice on dog training, dog welfare, puppy farms, dog fashion shows and the agility stuff going on outside, but all of this is standard stuff at a dog show or country fair. The Guiness World Record couldn’t be verified officially which was a bit of an anti-climax.

The way I see it, the whole event was a big promotional oppotunity for Louise Harris and her business. With TV cameras there to film the proceedings, even a purple Lhasa Apso was not going to be upstaged by a grown woman in a pink tutu with a book to sell.

It’s seems as though the organisers have over promised and under delivered, leaving the paying public feeling short-changed. So, the fight goes on and reading some of the posts, there’s a lot of unhappy people out there. Demands for refunds and threats to get Trading Standards involved, will carry on. I do believe that Louise Harris has offered some recompense to disgruntled punters – a 40% discount on any purchase from her store. Oh dear.

On a lighter note, I hope you like the pics. Comments always welcome.

Rocky, Chihuahua

Rocky, Chihuahua

Honey (right) and Tinkerbell, Chihuahuas

Honey (right) and Tinkerbell, Chihuahuas

Elvis (left) and Blue, Chihuahua

Elvis (left) and Blue, Chihuahua

Hero, Chihuahua

Hero, Chihuahua

Mia, Chihuahua (teacup)

Mia, Chihuahua (teacup)

Louis (left) and Oscar, Maltese

Louis (left) and Oscar, Maltese

Bulldog

Bulldog

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs

Dillian, Lurcher

Dillian, Lurcher (and still my favourite dog from the day)

Millie, Jack Russell/ Yorkshire Terrier X

Millie, Jack Russell/ Yorkshire Terrier X

Lady, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Snowy, Bichon Frise

Lady, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Snowy, Bichon Frise

Smudge, Whippet

Smudge, Whippet

Coco, Greyhound

Coco, Greyhound

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Sparkle, Maltese

Sparkle, Maltese

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Kirby, Miniature Doberman (left) and Shilo, Chihuahua

Kirby, Miniature Doberman (left) and Shilo, Chihuahua

Lola, Chihuahua/Matese X

Lola, Chihuahua/Matese X

Bluebelle, Chihuahua

Bluebelle, Chihuahua

Scarlett, Rottweiler

Scarlett, Rottweiler

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Louise Harris, Diva Dogs Day

Louise Harris, Diva Dogs Day

Kandi

Kandi

Bonnie, Cockerpoo

Bonnie, Cockerpoo

Bella, Maltese

Bella, Maltese

Rebecca Ferdinando with her dog Jackson the German Shepherd

Rebecca Ferdinando with her dog Jackson the German Shepherd

Gem Allen of Gempire Ltd with Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier

Gem Allen of Gempire Ltd with Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier

Chi Chi, Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua X

Chi Chi, Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua X

Cocker Spaniel on the Fit Fur Life treadmill

Cocker Spaniel on the Fit Fur Life treadmill

Dillon, French Bulldog

Dillon, French Bulldog

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

More to come tomorrow. Don’t forget, if you like what you see, please ‘like’ my Facebook page. I’ll be adding all the pics from the day to an album on the FB page very soon.

Honnington Country Fair Dogs

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Made the long trip over to the other side of Southborough last weekend to visit the Honnington Country Fair. There was lots to do and see and of course, being a country fair, lots of people brought their dogs along. I had my camera so the dog photography oppotunity couldn’t be missed. Lots of different breeds and shapes and sizes, so this was all good.

I’ll put a few more on my Facebook page so if you like what you see, please ‘like’ my page and share.

 

 

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