Dexter hates Peetie because she doesn’t give him a moment’s peace.
Addy hates Winter …
… because Winter would rather play with Spring, and Addy can’t keep up.
(btw, this is my new favouritest photo EVER)
Dexter hates Winter and Winter hates Dexter because both of them are ornery and weird.
Peetie hates my client dog Diezel, because on land
and at sea (aka the waterin’ hole), Diezel won’t leave her alone.
(What’s that Peetie? You find it annoying to be pestered constantly and shadowed around? BOO FREAKIN’ HOO)
My boarding dog Cao hates Peetie
because Peetie climbs out of the water and shakes all over everydog nearby.
Of course, so does Diezel. And he spends a LOT of time getting in and out of the water!
Mini Mama hates me
because I insist on bringing her puppies outside every afternoon for a romp.
ZOMG right? So cute?!?! They turned 4 weeks old on Saturday. I started feeding them mush meals, which they find very exciting, and which I find adorable.
They’re so FAT. I love them!
BTW, in the photo up above, Mini Mama is in the crawl space under my house and staring at me through some weird random little window that exists in the crawl space. I don’t know why she does this – she seems to really like it under there, with what I assume are a multitude of spiders and other creepy crawlies. She asks to go out often so she can sit in the crawl space. The window is like the icing on the cake, so she can sit in there but still watch everything. She’s an odd little dog.
I don’t usually bring my Big Girl Camera on hikes/walks because I feel like it’s more important to keep an eye on dogs that belong to other people than it is to be framing and setting up shots. Also, my camera hurts me/my neck/my arm, because it’s HEAVY. Lugging it around for an hour and a half gives me a wicked head/neck ache and lately my right arm has been going numb. Some people in one of the photography groups I’m in swear by this nifty gadget and I’m thinking I might need one!
I never bring the camera when I do a forest hike, because I think I’d die trying to climb hills with an extra 9 lbs of camera hanging from around my neck, but today was easy terrain and an easy group of dogs (ie, mostly my dogs!).
Also the scenery is very pretty on this walk, which makes for nice dramatic backdrops for portraits.
(This photos makes me like Peetie! Even though she is not wearing a collar in it because she rolled in cow poop AGAIN)
I also brought my camera to Regionals, but I didn’t take very many photos because there’s a professional photographer for the event, and I don’t think it’s cool to scoop her business. However, I also don’t have any spare money, so I was unfortunately also not going to pay her to take a photo of Springles with her ribbon for qualifying for Nationals (did you like that slick segue?)
Yeah, we managed to qualify by the skin of our teeth. Well, actually we had quite a bit of wiggle room, but it was definitely not a podium-worthy performance, or even an impressive-placement-performance. As I went in with no expectations except to keep it fun for her and keep her stress-level to a minimum to prevent poopage (because she hates Thunderbird, if you recall, and every year she shits or pisses in the ring there, and ONLY there) it was kinda fun to just run for the hell of it. But it also meant that I had to not take it very seriously, and I have not found that happy compromise between taking it seriously and stressing out my poor overly sensitive terrier, and having a lark and therefore handling like an idiot. It was interesting to note just *how easy* it is to stress Spring out though … in our second gamble, which she could have gotten (she is a gambling fool), she bounced every so slightly off my foot when I sent her out to the final obstacle, and I’m not even kidding, that slight bounce of her paw off my sneaker was enough to turn her to the right and cause her to take a different obstacle instead. Because the closing gamble is timed, and one tends to get a little panicky, and that may have been the first time all weekend I showed her any kind of stress and WOW, what an effect that had.
I love my Springaling very much, and she has come a long way from the dog that used to stress pee and poop in the house if I left her alone for as much as 45 seconds, but she’s still super duper sensitive, and I am super duper a spaz, so we are not destined to be a super duper competitive team.
As Dexter is pretty much stone deaf, and Fae is The Most Emo Dog Ever, I guess I’m going to have to start training Peetie if I want a new agility dog.
Oh, I also took a photo of Fiona and Rogue on the podium in first place blah blah blah, I should just recycle the same text every year since they win EVERY YEAR pretty much.
Here’s a photo of Addy that I find adorable, because she is obviously smiling in it!
And here’s a photo of Miss Piper because she’s started having quite a bit of trouble walking lately, and I’m not sure how many more hikes she has left in her :(
Stunning photos and commentary, as usual! Your take on your awesome variety of crew (and guests!) never fails. Love it all. Your updates/adventures never fails to make my day. Oh. And those rotunda baby pups are too much!! Squee. Be well.
You have mentioned that you need to boost your income (I’m in that boat too) and I had a thought. When I saw your outstanding photo of Peetie shaking water all over #1 I was seriously impressed by the clarity of the drops of water and #2 what immediately flashed through my mind was that you should market your photos to greeting card companies. I see lots of cards here with real dogs and cats on them… and not just the “Pugs and Kisses” with the stupid pink lips photo shopped on the Pug… but actual dogs and cats. For instance the one with Dexter and Fae could be a “friendship[” card… the one with Peetie and the water could be a Get Well as in shake it off. You could go back to Briggs in his sun glasses for a vacation card. I am not creative enough to caption them but you certainly are. Obviously you would copy right them if you haven’t already done so but you have taken some of the most spectacular dog pics I’ve seen anywhere so you might want to get them to work for you.
Also, one of the techs at my Dr’s office supplements her income selling ducks. She has some kind of quite large ducks and she sells both the eggs (for raising, not for eating) and the ducklings as well. She advertises them in places like Mother Earth News as cage free and having been fed organic food. She also has flyers in what we in the States call the Local Extension… these are run by the Dept of Ag and they do all sorts of things like soil testing and farming type stuff so people going in there are not apartment dwellers. You could put up a pic of Terrence and offer up his progeny.
Just some random thoughts… hopefully one might work for you