In Category: ‘Photography’

Davin 9 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

This is exactly how I feel in the mountains too.
Davin 1 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

I met Davin and Michelle after hiking with my family for the day on Sunday.  I was tired and as I tried to recuperate in a coffee shop prior to our session, I really didn’t know if I had the energy left to take pictures.  But the moment we got out there, I forgot all about my tiredness.

Davin 3 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

After living in the Crowsnest Pass for more than 30 years, Michelle knows a few hidden places with the most amazing scenery!

Davin 6 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

Add a goofy, fun-loving dog to that scenery and you get magic.

Davin 4 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

I love this next picture. Davin was constantly trying to steal the toy out of Michelle’s hands.

Davin 5 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

After we left the knoll with the gorgeous scenery, we headed down to a lake for some water fun.  Davin was equally excited to be playing in the water.

Davin 7 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

Wet, mucky, messy dog.  I love it!  :)

Davin 8 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

Davin2 1 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

Thanks Michelle and Davin!  You are definitely going to have to show me more of these hidden places. I think I know a few pups would would have fun out there getting wet and dirty.

Davin 10 Davin {Wild in the Rockies}

I had the pleasure of photographing these two gorgeous Australian Shepherds this weekend.  I don’t think either of them could produce a bad picture if they tried.

Esmae is the younger, wilder sister….

Esmae 1 Esmae and Massey {Aussie Fever}

Massey is older and a little more laid back but can still turn on the burners when she wants to.

Esmae 3 Esmae and Massey {Aussie Fever}

Esmae is the model in the family and was constantly striking a pose.

Esmae 4 Esmae and Massey {Aussie Fever}

Massey was much more fixated on getting and keeping it away from her younger, brattier sister.

Esmae 5 Esmae and Massey {Aussie Fever}
And apparently her mom too!  :)
Esmae 7 Esmae and Massey {Aussie Fever}

And one last one showing off how beautiful and athletic these dogs are!  What you didn’t get to see was how snuggly these two dogs are too. I couldn’t crouch or sit down without a few kisses planted on my face.

Esmae 6 Esmae and Massey {Aussie Fever}

Thanks Maureen for joining me on Saturday night!  I always enjoy being kissed and cuddled by your two sweet girls.

Greyhounds 2 Greyhounds – Lure Coursing

Sorry I went quiet there for so long!  Here are a few more pictures from the Lure Coursing event a few weeks ago. The greyhounds were amazing to watch but they also went by so fast, the race was over before you knew it!

Greyhounds Greyhounds – Lure Coursing

Greyhounds 3 Greyhounds – Lure Coursing

Teaser – {Izzy}

June 2, 2010

I thought I’d interrupt the Lure Coursing posts to show you a cute little pup that I photographed last week. More to come of this girl soon!

Izzy 1 Teaser – {Izzy}
Borzoi 3 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

Here is another breed you don’t see every day.  At least I don’t!

Borzoi 1 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

I looked them up on Wikipedia (my go-to-source for anything I don’t know!) and I wasn’t surprised to see it mentioned that they rarely bark.  Jo and I were stunned at how quiet ALL the dogs were at the Lure Coursing event.  Imagine 40-50 dogs together in one place and there was no barking.  It was wonderful!

Borzoi 2 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

This young pup was wondering what the heck I was doing out in the middle of the field.

Borzoi 4 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

He/She eventually decided that the lure was more interesting.

Borzoi 5 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

And one last picture of another young dog in training.  They can really get some speed when they put their mind to it.

Borzoi 6 Borzoi – Lure Coursing
Afghans 2 Afghans – Lure Coursing

An Afghan going at full speed is a sight to see.  Their blowing fur can’t help but look graceful and dramatic.

Afghans 4 Afghans – Lure Coursing

That same fur, can sometimes get them into trouble if they happen to catch up with the lure.  This guy got tangled in the rope – it was just caught in his fur.

Afghans 5 Afghans – Lure Coursing

My favourite feature though is their tail. Look at that little curl on the end!  Too cute.

Afghans 6 Afghans – Lure Coursing

Afghans 7 Afghans – Lure Coursing

Afghans 8 Afghans – Lure Coursing

I think another reason I was so drawn to the Afghans is because there is no mistaking their handsome good looks.  This guy could be on the cover of a romance novel.  Doesn’t he remind you of someone?

Afghans Afghans – Lure Coursing

Fabio perhaps?

9364 FabioLanzoni Afghans – Lure Coursing

This is Lady. She was the only Irish Wolfhound competing last weekend. Isn’t she gorgeous?   

Wolfhound 3 Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

The scenery wasn’t bad either. The event was held out in Balzac so it wasn’t too far of a drive each day.
Wolfhound Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

I got quite a few good photos of her as she was the only dog on course when she was running (due to the lack of competition) and she is so big that I could take pictures from farther away and you could still see what I was photographing.  :)

Wolfhound 2 Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

And in case you needed something for scale to figure out how big she really is…

Wolfhound 4 Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

It would have been interesting to see a male and I know they are quite a bit bigger.  With my very inexperienced eye, Lady did a great job.  She stayed focused on the Lure and I don’t think she dipped off course once in the 4 runs I saw.

I spent an incredible weekend photographing a Lure Coursing trial hosted by the Foothills Gazehound Club.  I had never seen Lure Coursing before and there were lots of breeds there that I rarely, if ever, see so it was a pretty fascinating weekend. Everyone was so friendly and really made Jo and I feel welcome.

Greyhounds Lure Coursing – Foothills Gazehound Club

So for those of you like me, who aren’t that familiar with the sport, I’ll give you the quick explanation – courtesy of Wikipedia.

Lure coursing is a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure. Competition is usually limited to dogs of sighthound breeds. This past weekend there were 8 different breeds competing – Afghans, Basenjis, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizun Hounds, Salukis, Whippets and an Irish Wolfhound.  In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live coursing. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long. The course must have a minimum number of turns in order to simulate prey (the jack-rabbit or hare) changing direction in a chase. Sighthounds generally have no need to be trained or enticed to chase the lure since the desire to chase is instinctual. However some breeds may require lure play at a very early age to encourage them to follow an artificial object with enthusiasm. Dogs must be at least one year old to compete; the hard fast turns are tough on a dog’s developing joints and lure coursing before the age of one can cause joint problems later in life.

There are lots of videos to be found on YouTube if you want to see what it is like.  It never even occurred to me to take a video or two and now I’m kicking myself! You’ll really get a sense of the speed if you watch some videos.

The dogs are judged on more than speed. They also take into account: endurance, agility (how well they can corner and turn), enthusiasm and follow (how well they follow the lure).  The first dog to the finish line is not necessarily the winner.

I’m going to blog about the various breeds one at a time as I have a tonne of photos. They aren’t breeds you see everyday, so I thought I could share a few more photos of each one this way. First up tomorrow will be Irish Wolfhounds.  There was a gorgeous girl there named Lady that had some very nice runs.

Bigger Hint

May 23, 2010
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My Weekend

May 22, 2010

You’ll never guess what I did this weekend….  Many, many more to come!

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