Weaving Machines

August 16, 2011

I don’t think too many people will argue with me if I say that watching dogs do the weave poles is one of the most exciting parts of agility.  They all have their own style, but regardless of how they get through them, they always look pretty cool!

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Giant Sneak Peek

August 13, 2011

I’m spending the weekend taking pictures at Go Dog Go‘s Agility Trial.  If you aren’t doing anything tomorrow you should stop by and watch.  It is being held behind the college in one of the soccer fields.  It is free to watch, but please leave your pups at home as only the dogs entered in the event are allowed on site.  I downloaded my day’s photos and did a quick scan through to delete the “missed” shots (i.e. – they were out of focus, or in some cases I completely missed the dog! LOL) and at the same time I flagged a few favourites… The few favourites turned into 96.  Ooops!  :)

So if you want to see what you can expect, check out the teeny tiny gallery I put together.

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We’ve had quite a few new dogs this summer, but I thought I’d share with you all the three newest visitors. These three are all from the same family, but couldn’t be more different than one another. Each have a distinct personality. At daycare we are very luck to get to know all the different dogs, and as they settle into the routine and find friends you really see the personalities of each dog.

storm 682x1024 The Same, but very different. This beauty is Storm. She is the trouble maker in the family, and is always into mischief….it’s a good thing she’s so cute.

simba 682x1024 The Same, but very different. And this handsome fella is Simba. We call him the Ladies Man. icon smile The Same, but very different. All the girls love him, and it’s a pretty mutual feeling I think.

mya 682x1024 The Same, but very different. Mya is the princess in the family. Preferring to sit back and watch the action rather than take the chance and get her beautiful hair dirty. :) She much prefers the well deserved attention from people and is always up for a cuddle. icon smile The Same, but very different.

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Zacky

August 8, 2011

Zack and Lisa visited me a few weekends ago at the Windy City Canine Rescue‘s Bark in the Park event.  I had a table there with some information and stuff for sale (fun toys and t-shirts) and you could also enter to win a free photo session.  I had also donated a free photo session for the rescue’s raffle table.  Lisa bought tickets for the raffle AND entered at my table. Her persistence paid off as she and Zack were the lucky ones to win from the draw at my table.

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We headed out bright and early Saturday morning before it got too hot and walked along the top of the coulee’s on the west side.  It isn’t technically an off leash area but it is usually pretty quiet and Zack is so well behaved that leashing him up when passing other people or dogs is never an issue.  The goal of the day was to get some action shots of Zack.

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Lisa takes lots of fabulous photos of Zack but struggles with catching him in action.  We are going to meet again soon for a walk where she will show me a hidden gem of a walking location in exchange for some photography lessons.  :)

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I should also mention that Lisa is also an AMAZING artist.  You can see some of her work on her blog.  She also did one of Jane  that you can see on Sarah’s blog (it is at the bottom of the post) that I just love.  So if pictures aren’t your thing, but custom artwork of your pup is, be sure to contact Lisa.

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Alright… back to Zack.  If you aren’t sure what breed Zack is, you aren’t alone.  Zack is a border terrier and people are constantly asking if he is a puppy still and what kind of dog he is.  You don’t see too many of them around town.  In fact I think Lisa and Zack have only run into one other during their many walks around town and they are constantly on the look out for more of his kind.

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Zack was constantly on the hunt to find things to sniff (and roll in!).  We had to work pretty hard to get him to lift his head off the ground but with a variety of toys we managed to get some pretty cute pictures.  Golf balls are one of his favourites.  If his head and face is any indication, this one must have been buried in a pile of grass.

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Short dogs and long grass can make for some photography challenges. I love the natural look of the prairies, but sessions would sometimes be easier on a nicely manicured lawn. It is painful to delete a great photo that has a few blades of grass un-strategically placed in front of a dog’s face.  And with Zack’s photos, this happened a lot.  :(  But what I love about tall grasses and short little dogs is that when they run down a path, the grass makes a fabulous natural frame.  The photo below makes up for all the ones I had to delete.

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Thanks Zack and Lisa for a great walk!  I hope you love your photos.  Zack is such a handsome guy, it is no wonder he is your muse.

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The Lines Are Open

August 5, 2011

I had noticed that when we moved the blog to this new, nicer, slicker location everyone stopped commenting.  And I mean everyone.  There was deafening silence.

At first I wondered if we had lost most of our readers in the move.  And then I wondered if people just weren’t really enjoying the blog much anymore.  And then I kind of got used to it, so I stopped thinking about it.

Last night I got an email from a past client who tried to comment on the blog and she told me you needed to log in to do so.  Because she couldn’t log in, she couldn’t comment.  So I went and scoured through all the settings and I found the little ticked box that stated people needed to have an account to comment.  This was obviously a blog default that I had never even thought to change.

So is that why everyone has been so quiet lately?  I hope so!  You guys need to tell us these things! We never try and comment on our own blog so we had no idea.

The lines are now open so comment to your heart’s content…. or not.  It is up to you.

Thanks Dianne for pointing the glitch out to us.

Is there anything else none of you are telling us?  :)

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Dog of the Month

August 4, 2011

This month little Chloe has won our draw for Dog of the Month!

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I am pretty sure Chloe will enjoy her goodies!

Congratulations Chloe!

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Agility Survey

August 2, 2011

I’ve put together a very short (2 questions) survey for people who do agility… I’ve photographed 3 trials this year and have 2 more to go and I’m basically checking to see if what I’m photographing is what people are wanting.  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask!  So if you do agility, and would like to provide some input, here is your chance.

Just visit – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VFJXT3G to complete the poll.  Thanks!

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Lure Coursing

August 2, 2011

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A few weeks ago, I went and photographed a Lure Coursing Event in Calgary hosted by the Foothills Gazehound Club.  I went to an event last year as well and if you’d like a little more information about the sport I put a brief description in a blog post last year.

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It was so fun to see breeds that I don’t get to see on a daily basis – Greyhounds, Whippets, Borzois, Ibizins, Basenjis Afghans, and Salukis.  In fact for some of these breeds, I only see them once a year at the Lure Coursing events!

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And as always, it is fun to watch dogs doing something they love, love, love!  The speed and grace of some of these dogs is breath taking.

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I find it a pretty difficult sport to photograph for a few reasons:  a) The course is quite large and for the most part the dogs are pretty far away from me.  b) There is usually more than one dog on the course at a time so I need to photograph up to 3 dogs at once. And last but not least, c) They are all moving pretty fast so I don’t have a lot of time.

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The good thing is, for the most part, I know where they are going to go as they are following the lure. icon smile Lure Coursing

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As usual, there are more, much, much more photos in the Lure Coursing Gallery.

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Check them out if you have a few minutes to spare!

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Look-A-Likes

July 28, 2011

We have lots of dogs at daycare that look a like, but none are more similar than the poodles. Specifically, the black standard poodles. It’s not too bad when one is recently groomed, and the other two aren’t. Or, if they all come on different days. But sometimes they all show up on the same day….and that can get a little confusing…

Thankfully up close they do look different, and we rely on different coloured collars to help identify who is who from afar. icon smile Look A Likes

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Finn is a Bull Terrier. For those that don’t know, Bull Terriers are known as the clowns of the dog world. Finn is no exception. He just does the funniest things. I took him out by himself to get a photo for our “Todays Visitors” board and couldn’t help but laugh as I looked through the photos.

IMG 2374 682x1024 The many faces of FinnMy name is Finn, and I’m really happy!

IMG 2339 682x1024 The many faces of FinnI gotta toy, wanna throw it for me?

IMG 2363 682x1024 The many faces of FinnDid someone say cookie?

IMG 2355 682x1024 The many faces of FinnOh Geeez, are we done yet? I got girls to kiss…

IMG 2360 682x1024 The many faces of FinnThis is soooo boring!

IMG 2357 682x1024 The many faces of FinnI get a cookie now?!!!


P.S I know I promised the trick contest but I am having a hard time uploading the videos! I am working on it though- be patient!

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