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Agnes’ Project – July & August 2017

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Agnes’ Project – July & August 2017

Little rescue puppy continues to adapt and fit into our family.  She is quirky, but her sweet and cuddly nature is starting to show too.

The first photo of July “possession” is a simple one of her with the coveted blue bone inside at the cabin.

Dave: Hey Agnes, how did you get the big blue bone? Last time I saw it Bruno was carrying it around.
Agnes: Well, I wanted it, so I just took it.
Dave: Really? That simple?
Agnes: Well, he may have been distracted a bit.
Dave: Distracted by what?
Agnes: Sleep. He was taking a nap, and probable still is.
Dave: And what is your plan when he wakes up?
Agnes: Tell him that I don’t really have his bone and that it’s all just an elaborate dream.
Dave: And if that doesn’t work?
Agnes: I’m a lot faster than the big guy, so either way the bone stays as mine.

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Her second photo of July saw her taking full advantage of the softest spot in the house.  Apparently she didn’t want to move when we were making the bed.

Dave: Hey Rescue Puppy, how’s living the good life?
Agnes: Living the good life is good, but why do you keep calling me rescue puppy?
Dave: Well, just over three months ago you were living in a kennel at “We All Need a Rescue” with many other dogs, but no kids to play with and no human pillows to take over.
Agnes: Yeah, hard to believe it.
Dave: Sure is. I’m glad you’ve decided to make yourself at home.
Agnes: Me too. And you’re welcome for me rescuing you.
Dave: Really? Rescuing us?
Agnes: Yup. I bet life was pretty boring with just two dogs and two kids in here. So, the way I see it I rescued you from a life of boredom and being able to easily find your shoes.
Dave: When you put it like that, thank you. Except for the shoes. The hide-and-shoe-seek game could end any time now.
Agnes: You are welcome. Now if you don’t mind, I’ve got some sleep to catch up on.

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This August photo “the end of the ice” was when she got to come outside and check out the last of the ice cubes in the bowl with a GoPro in the bottom.  Love those Yoda ears.

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The last August photo “lets be wolves” in her project was a spontaneous grab.  One day at the cabin it was decided that we should all spend a night camping in the tent. That’s right – two adults, two kids and three dogs in a tent. In 30 km/h winds. What is lacked in sleep, it more than made up in fun.  I grabbed this shot before bringing Bruno down for the evening. My wife and kids were in the tent with Eva and Agnes. The shadows being cast were too much to pass up, so I ran back inside grabbed the camera, adjusted the settings (ISO, aperture and focus) and got one photo off before the dogs moved and the shadow theatre stopped.

Agnes: Hey Eva, lets put on a play with our shadows!
Eva: Great idea. Lets do shadow puppet theatre.
Agnes: Awesome. I’ll be the big bad wolf and you can be little red riding hood.
Eva: Why do you get to be the wolf while I have to be the human?
Agnes: Because you have those crazy orange-red ears. They look a little like a hood.
Eva: Dude, you can’t see colour in a shadow.
Agnes: Oh, you are right. Then lets both just be wolves and try to scare Bruno!

Bruno’s Project – August 2017

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Bruno’s Project – August 2017

Bruno (and frankly all of us in our family) continued to live the good life in August.  Lots more time at the lake, and even a solar eclipse to boot.

Week 31 “the golden seal” was just Bruno living the life he loves and swimming with his toy at the cabin.  Close-up perspective via GoPro camera.

Dave: Bru, you having a good time in the water?
Bruno: Yup. Best time. Loving the lake. Do I look as awesome as I feel?
Dave: You look a lot like a seal.
Bruno: Seriously? Seal? The singer? Should I start singing “Kissed by a Rose?”
Dave: Nope not that kind of seal.
Bruno: California Golden Seal?
Dave: Nope, not the unsuccessful NHL team from the 1970’s.
Bruno: Like a rubber seal, more commonly known as an O-ring?
Dave: Bruno, that was the next seal you thought of?
Bruno: Well, when I’m jumping a lot of people yell “Ooooooo” so I thought an O ring was just a particularly awe inspiring type of rubber seal.
Dave: Nope, not where I was going.
Bruno: Then I’m kind of lost.
Dave: You know, seals? Marine mammals?
Bruno: Really, of all the marine mammals out there wanted to go with a seal? The earless variety of pinnepeds?
Dave: Well, you have whiskers, look cute, swim well, and currently have your ears tucked behind your head.
Bruno: All valid points. But seriously, next time you think of marine mammals, go with polar bear. Those guys rock and I really think I could imitate one in the zoo. Fresh fish and a good place to swim in cold water, sounds like a deal to me.

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Bruno really did love this week 32’s photo “the ice man”.  We rarely give him access to ice because it’s not good for those teeth, but in the hot weather today we made an exception. There also happened to be a couple of tiny pieces of bacon in the bowl to keep it interesting.  I must admit that the bacon was my wife’s idea. She also decided the she deserves a raise in her photo assistant salary for all of the things she helps with. I would offer to double the salary, but that’s not very effective when the base rate is free.

I’ve had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now, but decided to pull the trigger on it to play with Itten’s contrast of “solid and liquid”. This photo was done with GoPro camera in it’s waterproof case in the bottom of a giant glass measuring bowl filled with ice and water. Triggered via iphone app and wifi.

Dave: Hey Bru, are you enjoying some ice water on this hot day?
Bruno: Yum yum yum. I love ice.
Dave: I can see that. Isn’t it a bit cold to dump your snout in the ice cold water like that?
Bruno: Nope. That’s why they call me the ice man. Yum yum yum. I love ice.
Dave: I thought that was because you sometimes move at the speed of a glacier.
Bruno: Nope. Yum yum yum. I love ice.
Dave: But don’t you ever get a brain freeze when you’re eating ice?
Bruno: No idea what that is. Yum yum yum. I love ice.
Dave: You know, when you eat something really cold that you get a headache and you can’t think straight until the headache goes away.
Bruno: Well, can’t say that I’ve ever had the headache.
But the not thinking straight…. Now I forgot what I was going to say.
Dave: Something about not being able to think straight?
Bruno: Nope. That can’t possibly be it, Now I remember …. Yum yum yum. I love ice.

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Week 33’s photo “making clouds” was also via GoPro.   I’m a big fan of how his spray looks like tiny little clouds in this photo. And it’s hard to imagine why there are water droplets on the right side of the GoPro lens in this photo.

Dave: Bruno, do you think you ever want to do anything other than jump off the dock after your toy.
Bruno: Yes. In fact, I’m multitasking right now.
Dave: Really? I never realized that.
Bruno: Yup. Totally multitasking. Right now I’m jumping, entertaining, photographic modelling and making clouds.
Dave: Okay, the first three I can easily see, but making clouds? How do you figure that?
Bruno: Well, the way I understand it clouds are really just water droplets suspended high in the atmosphere.
Dave: I’m with you so far…
Bruno: And when I’m down at the lake shaking, running and jumping I spray water molecules all over the atmosphere.
Dave: But do the droplets make it high enough into the atmosphere to truly become clouds?
Bruno: Hey, when was the last time that you made clouds? If you don’t stop downplaying my achievements I’ll have to give you a lecture on evaporation and how it it is facilitated by increasing both surface area and kinetic energy.

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On week 34 we were fortunate enough to be at the lake for the solar eclipse.  It was only a partial exlipse in Saskatchewan, but still an awe inspiring event.  For everyone except the dogs that is.  Bruno just wanted to swim and snuck down to the dock to do just that.  A bit of a cluttered photo with the tent, eclipse viewing set-up and the other pups up on the deck.

Dave: Hey Bruno, what do you think of the eclipse?
Bruno: Not much.
Dave: Really? I think it’s pretty cool and it is rare that we get a chance to witness something like this.
Bruno: Nope. Don’t think much of it. I’d rather be swimming.
Dave: Fair enough. I guess the millions of people watching the moon temporarily shadow portions of the earth from the sun are all wrong.
Bruno: Really? Millions of people watching? And they’re not just there for the eclipse cookies?
Dave: Yup. Not just for the eclipse cookies. I think Eva made those up.
Bruno: Well, if you say it’s such a big thing when something shadows the earth from the sun, I have some jumping to do and you can marvel at the eclipse shadow that I create.
Dave: I think the shadow has to be caused by a larger body a significant distance from the earth to be considered an eclipse.
Bruno: Well then, lets go to the store and buy me 60 tubs of ice cream and a trampoline. This golden eclipse is going to be epic!

 

Bruno’s Project – July 2017

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Bruno’s Project – July 2017

All of Bruno’s July photos were taken at the cabin, leading the good life.  It really was a great July.

Week 26’s photo “reflecting”was a bit of a random shot.  Multiple other ideas had failed, but when I came back from failed photo walk with him I noticed a very miffed Agnes watching us through the front window.  So, I decided to play with the reflection.  And it led to my favorite dogversation yet.

Agnes: Hey Bruno! How did you get to go outside while I’m still in here?
Bruno: What’s that? I’m having trouble hearing you with that window between us.
Agnes: I said why are you outside while I’m inside!
Bruno: Sorry, still not hearing you well. You said something about a side of beef?
Agnes: No. I asked how you got outside!
Bruno: Really? You want to learn to hang glide?
Agnes: Not hang glide. How did you get outside?
Bruno: We’re going for a car ride?
Agnes: No. I asked how you got outside!
Bruno: Really? You like the late 80’s rap song “let your backbone slide”?
Agnes: Would you stop talking about Maestro Fresh Wes? I was asking how you got outside.
Bruno: You know, I heard you the first time. I have no idea how I got out here without you, but I do know that you’re fun to bug.

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Week 27’s photo “water shoes” was a follow-up to a winter shot of Bruno’s feet and my daughter’s boots in Week 9.  Just like in March there was a bit of chaos getting the shot as Bruno really does love to dock jump.  Special thanks to my son Daniel for helping out with the photo.

Bruno: Daniel, do you have my water toy?
Daniel: Nope. Mom has it.
Bruno: Daniel, but I want to jump off the dock and I need my water toy to do that with.
Daniel: Dude, I really don’t have it.
Bruno: Are you sure about that? I feel a mighty jump coming on.
Daniel: Yup. I’m sure.
Bruno: Oh. Can you go get it?
Daniel: No. Dad asked us to stand still side by each for this summer time photo of my shoes and your feet.
Bruno: Well, we both know that that isn’t going to happen.
Daniel: Are you talking about when you almost dragged my down the dock because my hand was in your collar and you felt a need to jump, or are you talking about the time you decided to jump with no warning and half landed on Dad as he was wading chest deep in the water to take this photo?
Bruno: Yeah, both of those may be relevant talking points. And there may have been other events too.
Daniel: Agreed.
Bruno: On a completely different topic, do you have my water toy?

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Week 28’s photo “we love summer” was another one from the dock.    Somehow Bruno often ends up with a group of children jumping with him in the water.  All is good, as long as he is given enough room for his enthusiastic water entry.

Bruno: Julia, are you ready?
Julia: Yup.
Bruno: Daniel, are you ready?
Daniel: Yup.
Bruno: Alright then. On the count of three lets all run and jump into the lake yelling “We Love Summer!”
Julia: Okay. Sounds like a plan.
Daniel: Alright. Best plan you’ve ever had.
Bruno: Better than the time I snuck into the back of the SUV at the gas station and ate a hole in the dog food bag while dad pumped gas?
Daniel: Yes. Much Better.
Bruno: That’s so good to hear. But there is one problem. I’m hungry now.
Julia: Oh, then I’ve got an idea. After we jump in the lake we run back up to the cabin and eat a whole pile of cookies.
Bruno: But Dad says I’m not allowed into the cabin until I dry off a bit.
Daniel: Guys, no need to worry! He’s distracted with his camera. As long as we’re quiet about the cookies part of the plan we can definitely pull it off!
Bruno: Oh right. Good idea. One ….. Two ….. Three …
Julia, Bruno and Daniel: We Love Summer and Cookies!

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Week 29’s photo “faster than a speeding rocket ship” was another day on the dock.  This was intended to be the last jump of the day, but Bruno managed to sneak away for me on the stairs and make one more sprint down the dock while holding his own toy for an extra jump. Unfortunately he did partly land on Daniel’s and his rocket ship popping it in three places. Fortunately Daniel was unharmed, and the vinyl repair kits are pretty effective.

Daniel: Hey Bru, are you faster than a speeding rocket ship?
Bruno: Likely.
Daniel: Why likely?
Bruno: Well, for starters I’m not certain that I know what a rocket ship is.
Daniel: Okay. It’s a big powerful ship made to bring people and other things into space.
Bruno: Oh. And are they all made out of vinyl and inflated with air?
Daniel: Not all of them.
Bruno: Well, lets just say that I’m pretty confident that I can beat your rocket ship. Shall we make it interesting?
Daniel: More interesting than a boy wearing a rocket ship and a golden retriever jumping off a dock together?
Bruno: Yup. A little wager. If I win, you owe me another jump and a cookie.
Daniel: And if I win?
Bruno: Well, if you’re far enough ahead of me that I accidentally collide with the ship, I’ll likely just land on it and pop it with my claw.
Daniel: Seriously?
Bruno: Likely. But I will feel really bad about it if that’s any consolation.

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The last photo for the month “the fun index” was just Bruno being Bruno.  He was making his way back to the dock for another jump, with kid paddle boards and kayaks drying off after a morning of use. And by the way, people trolling by in boats really do stop to watch and cheer for Bruno when he is jumping.

Bruno: Dave, I just don’t get it.
Dave: What’s that?
Bruno: Why you humans say that a measure of how much fun a day at the lake has been is how many water toys are spread out on the dock and lawn.
Dave: Well, if we’ve had lots of water playing and other fun there is usually a random collection paddle boards, kayaks, a giant inflatable duck, miscellaneous floaties, and other things that have been used and enjoyed during the day.
Bruno: That makes no sense.
Dave: Why?
Bruno: Because all of those toys suck. The paddle board and kayaks are so unstable that they scare me, and I am no longer welcome around random floaties after the ‘inflatable rocket ship incident’.
Dave: Then how do you measure how good of a day it’s been?
Bruno: Well, I would have to say that if my bumper toys is on the lawn, my belly is full, my fur is wet, and I can barely keep my eyes open in the late afternoon then it’s been a good day.
Dave: I could see that.
Bruno: And there’s one more thing that makes it an awesome day.
Dave: What is that?
Bruno: If Eva and Agnes are yelling at me from the deck while I’m down here playing in the water with the undivided attention of my favorite four humans while other random humans passing by on boats are cheering on my jumps, then it’s been an awesome day.

Eva’s Project – May & June 2017

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Eva’s Project – May & June 2017

Eva’s project in May and June saw a random collection of mainly spontaneous photos.  Sad to admit that there was no master plan here, just taking photos for the fun of it.

Her first photo of May “the catcher” was of Eva doing what she does well, catching Shreddies. Those ears have a life of their own. This composition is pretty much SOOC. I thought that I had missed the shot, until I saw the eyes and ears and realized that was all I needed.

Eva: Dave, keep the treats coming. I feel a new Shreddie record about to be broken!
Dave: What do you mean new record?
Eva: You know, the most caught in a row without a single drop.
Dave: But, I only have three Shreddies left.
Eva: Not a problem. I’ll just be able to add three more to my total.
Dave: And you do realize that I have three Shreddies and three dogs?
Eva: Yeah, but Bruno fumbled his last one and Agnes has yet to successfully catch a treat. That just leaves me on the streak, and you can’t chintz the streak.
Dave: Don’t you mean jinx? And usually talking about a streak is the defining moment of jinxing it.
Eva: You can’t jinx me, I’m too good for that. But, chintz is the short form for chintzy meaning to be cheap or of low quantity or quality. Don’t chintz out on my streak now.
Dave: I doubt that chintz is a word.
Eva: Are we standing around debating subtleties of languages, or are we going to get on to feeding the streak!

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Her second photo of May “some people thrive in prison” was a spontaneous one of her handing out on the deck with Agnes while we were putting the garden in. Agnes was harshing her mellow a bit but she didn’t let that show.  If our deck is a prison, it is a low security country club version with lots of amenities and frequent visitations.

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The first photo of June “cruising” saw a return to the paddle board. Eva loves a good paddle board ride, and here she is cruising the lake at full attention. Thanks to my lovely wife who made several passes by the dock so I could capture this shot of her on the board.

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And her June project ended with a relaxing view from above in “high security”.  She was taking a little nap perched on a cushion on top of a yet unfinished bench seat. This girl does like her comforts.

Dave: Eva, are you napping on that little pillow there?
Eva: Well, I was. The you started yabbering at me about napping on the pillow and I woke up.
Dave: Fair enough. But seriously, on that little pillow?
Eva: Yup. I heard that you guys were waiting on the bench seat to protect the laminate on this bench, so thought I would grab some z’s on this little cushion. I’m nothing if not respectful.
Dave: Truth be told, those cushions were put there as a deterrent to dogs jumping up. We though they were small and wobbly.
Eva: They are, but I have good balance. That and how am I supposed to do my job of home security if I can’t be up high enough to to look into the park?
Dave: Um Eva, there’s one problem with that.
Eva: Really, I thought it was a perfectly good excuse.
Dave: The park’s behind you.

Agnes’ project – May and June 2017

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Agnes’ project – May and June 2017

Agnes is the newest member of our house, and certainly is the wild card in the mix.  She came to us from We All Need A Rescue (WANAR) K9 rescue in Saskatoon.  At first she was very timid and preferred spending time with Bruno and Eva to us humans.  That didn’t last long.  Now she is a full part of the crew and believes that she belongs on every bed, couch and other soft spot in the house – preferable with a human beside her.

The first photo of May “My Big Friend” was Agnes with her big hairy brother.  I love their smiles here.  Bruno still had a few reservations about little Agnes, but was coming around to love her too.

Agnes: Hi Bruno, I love you.
Bruno: I’m aware.
Agnes: No, I really really love you.
Bruno: I’m aware.
Agnes: What are you aware of?
Bruno: That you love me. And that you have a few issues.
Agnes: Nope, I disagree. I’m totally issue free. How could I be this happy if I had issues?
Bruno: Okay. Then, can you tell me why there are little wet paw prints on the deck?
Agnes: I got a little excited, so I peed on my foot.
Bruno: See, issues.
Agnes: Nope. If it doesn’t bug me, then it’s not an issue. Pee on paw or not, I’m hanging with my big friend so I don’t have any issues.

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The second photo of May “eating the puppy” is one of her fitting in well.  Fitting into Bruno’s mouth that is. Sometimes I’m amazed at how these guys play. She seems to love it when he play wrestles with her like this. It might explain why her head often smells like his breath. I think Agnes is fitting in quite well, even if she is too preoccupied to participate in the dogversation.

Dave: Bruno, what are you doing with Agnes?
Bruno: I’m eating her.
Dave: I don’t think that’s allowed.
Bruno: Would it sound better if I said I was playing with her?
Dave: Only if you have a likely story to go with it.
Bruno: Oh, but I do. You see, sometimes I think she’s a toy.
Dave: Really?
Bruno: Oh yeah, I do. You said that you got her for me to play with.
Dave: That is partly true. We also thought we could give her a good life and that she would be a fun addition to the family.
Bruno: The second part of your statement not withstanding, if you brought her home for me to play with then she must be a toy. And if I squeeze her in just the right place she sometimes squeaks like a squeaky toy.
Dave: Right. You do realize that you’re not allowed to eat the puppy?
Bruno: Well, I do now. Are you going to be firm on that?
Dave: Quite.
Bruno: Okay, I’m just going to play with my squeaky toy then.

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The first photo of June “the Canadian Club” was at the cabin, with everyone peeking under the flag to check out what I was doing on the lake-side.

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the last photo of June “Quite Angular” was a spontaneous shot of Agnes hanging out in the most awesome puddle of light created by the afternoon sunlight through the window in our back door.

Not a set-up shot, this girl just likes her sunbeam. When I noticed her lying here like this, I had to sneak off and grab the camera from the basement. I also knew that I would have one shutter click before Bruno and Eva came running because camera time equals party time to them. So I set the ISO and aperture while still in the basement, put on the live view and tilted the screen so I could grab this pretty-much straight overhead shot without awakening the clowns. One click is all I got off before chaos entered the frame. But, fortunately it was a good one.

Bruno’s Project – June 2017

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Bruno’s Project – June 2017

June saw the serious start of cabin season, which is Bruno’s favorite season by far.

Week 22’s photo “little land shark” was him playing with Agnes on the deck of the cabin, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor toys.

Agnes: Land shark!
Bruno: Nope. Pretty sure you’re not. And I’m not giving you this toy.
Agnes: No really, I’m a land shark!
Bruno: Nope. Pretty sure you’re not.
Agnes: If I’m not a land shark, then why do my teeth keep falling out and new ones come right back in?
Bruno: I’m pretty sure thats because you’re a puppy, not a land shark.
Agnes: If I’m not a land shark, then why do my ears flip back when I attach at high speed.
Bruno: I’m pretty sure sharks don’t have floppy ears.
Agnes: Sharks may not, but land sharks do.
Bruno: Oh. You might have a point there.
Agnes: Yup. I totally do. I even had Eva send an email to Discovery channel for me. I’m asking if they can feature me on land shark week.
Bruno: Really? There’s such a thing as land shark week? That would be cool.
Agnes: Yup. Totally cool. And the people fro Discovery channel think that I’m such a scary land shark that you should give me that toy to play with.
Bruno: I’ll wait for land shark week to see for myself. Until then, the toy is mine.

 

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Week 23 was a simple shot at home of Bruno trying to convince me that he is indeed “the muffin man”

Bruno: Hey Dave, do you know the muffin man?
Dave: The one from the children’s song?
Bruno: Nope. The one right in front of you. Hook me up!
Dave: Just because you’ve given yourself the nickname of the muffin man doesn’t mean that I’m giving you a whole toasted english muffin with Saskatoon berry and raspberry jam.
Bruno: How about half an english muffin?
Dave: Still no.
Bruno: Are you sure about that?
Dave: Quite.
Bruno: Oh, well that’s a bit of a disappointment.
Dave: I am very sorry.
Bruno: Hey Dave, do you know the jam man?
Dave: There’s a children’s song about a jam man?
Bruno: Nope. But there is a jam man right in front of you. Hook me up!
Dave: I have a feeling I know where this is going.
Bruno: As long as it ends up with me getting some english muffin and jam lets just skip to the happy ending.

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Week 24 “the lazy canuck” was a shot from below with Bruno, hanging out on the deck overlooking the water at the cabin. The flag lives on the railing, and is a part of cabin life. Seems that people appreciate what it means to be a Canadian more when we’re up her surrounded in nature.

Bruno: Hey Dave, I think you forgot me up here.
Dave: What do you mean?
Bruno: Well, there’s a lake behind you. And we both know how much I love lakes.
Dave: Yes, I know that the lake is here. But we just arrived and it’s pretty chilly and late in the day, so I thought the swimming could wait until tomorrow.
Bruno: I disagree.
Dave: Sorry. I do feel bad for you.
Bruno: Bad enough let me down there so I can hang out with you instead of being locked up here with freckles and cracker-jack?
Dave: Tomorrow. I promise.
Bruno: Okay. The I’m just going to stretch out here and take a nap.
Dave: Really, a nap? I thought you slept the whole way up here in the car.
Bruno: I definitely did that. But I need another nap so I can be super well rested. Tomorrow starts with first light at 5am, and I need to have lots of energy to be ready to wake you up with noisy tail wags so we can hit the water at first light.

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Finishing off June saw Bruno taking full flight off the dock in “the flight of the retriever”.  I love those curled back toes.

Bruno: Hey Dave, I have a great idea.
Dave: What’s that?
Bruno: We should do this every day.
Dave: What, hang out at the cabin?
Bruno: Not just hang out here, get serious hang time here. Sometimes I think I was born to dock jump. It might even be my calling in life.
Dave: I thought you told me that cuddling with your humans was your calling.
Bruno: True that.
Dave: And the other day you told me that eating biscuits was your calling.
Bruno: That does sound like me.
Dave: And before that you told me that bringing happiness into everyone’s life was your calling.
Bruno: Yup, that’s true too.
Dave: So how do we know that this is your true calling in life?
Bruno: Well, how will we know that it isn’t unless we try it every day?
Dave: And what about all of those other callings?
Bruno: Oh. We can do them every day too. I wouldn’t want to miss out on the cuddles, biscuits and happiness.

Bruno’s Project – May 2017

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Bruno’s Project – May 2017

May was a relaxed month for Bruno’s project with no action shots to be had.

Week 18 was the first group portrait for the three pups, and it surprisingly turned out better than anticipated.  I got it on only the 83rd attempt (not exaggerating).  Treats are a good motivating force in our house.

Dave: Okay everyone, lets do a group portrait.
Bruno: Why?
Dave: I thought it would be a good idea to get one of all three of you together looking cute.
Eva: I have some reservations about this.
Dave: I have treats.
Eva, Bruno & Agnes: Awesome!
Dave: Alright. Lets start with Bruno lying down here.
Bruno: Why?
Dave: I have treats.
Bruno: Oh yeah. I forgot.
Dave: Agnes, now you lie down next to Bruno:
Agnes: This is so cool. I love him.
Bruno: Uh, Dave… the puppy touched me.
Dave: She’s allowed to do that.
Bruno: I’m not sure about that.
Dave: I have treats.
Bruno: Oh yeah. I forgot.
Dave: Okay Eva. You lie down next to Bruno.
Eva: Really? I’m not sure that I trust the puppy in this situation.
Dave: I have treats.
Eva: Alright. But don’t expect me to put away my suspicious eyes for the photo.
Dave: Alright. You guys are doing awesome. Just hold still a little while longer … why are you all up and running all over the deck?
Bruno: I thought we were playing musical chairs.
Dave: Really?
Bruno: Well, you were talking in a sing song voice, then you stopped as you were about to click the shutter. So I thought it was musical chairs time.
Dave: Really? Isn’t that the exact opposite of what happens in musical chairs where you sit still when the music stops?
Bruno: That and the puppy touched me.
Dave: Alright, lets try this again. And remember, I have treats.

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Week 19’s photo “happy smother’s day” was taken at the lake, during our first weekend trip of the summer.  Unfortunately mother nature forgot that it was supposed to be spring and provided us with cold weather instead.  Again all three dogs participated in the photo, although Agnes is a little tough to spot here.

Dave: Hey guys, what’s up?
Bruno: We’re smothering the puppy.
Dave: Eva, are you having any part of smothering your new little sister?
Eva: No, I was more just trying to nap.
Dave: Any reason why you’re smothering her?
Bruno: Well, it’s too windy and cold for you guys to allow us in the lake, so I thought I would act on the theme of the day…. smothering.
Dave: I think you got it wrong. It’s actually Mother’s day today. A day that you express your love for your mother and treat her with kindness.
Bruno: Nope. Totally disagree. I do that every day for Karen. Today is supposed to be different, so I assumed smothering is the way to go.
Dave: Somehow I should have seen that coming. Agnes, is everything good down there?
Agnes: Mmmmrrrppt.
Dave: Sorry, forgot that you were being actively smothered. Good luck in the bottom of the dog pile.

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Week 20’s photo “apple futures” was trying to take advantage of bokeh from our exuberant apple tree blossoms in the back yard.  He had a serious look here, because of the reward cheese.

Dave: Bruno, the apple tree blossoms are looking so good I thought I’d get a nice portrait of you in front of them.
Bruno: Oooh, I love apples. Can I eat some?
Dave: They’re not apples yet, just apple blossoms. The bees will pollinate them, then in the fall we’ll have apples.
Bruno: Oh, so I guess they’re kind of like stock futures except for apples.
Dave: I have a feeling that I know where this is going.
Bruno: So if we consider these apple futures, can I agree to trade you some now in exchange for a big chunk of cheese?
Dave: Then what happens when the apples are ready?
Bruno: I’ll eat some apples then.
Dave: I’m not sure that’s how futures work. If we set a price and make an exchange now, don’t I get to have the apples later?
Bruno: Maybe. But I’m banking on you forgetting this whole conversation in the fall, so I’ll still get plenty of apple slices when the tree is ready.

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Week 22’s photo “the storm watcher” was quick little photo that I’ve had in the back of my mind for over a year now, but I’ve been waiting on dramatic clouds to make it happen. It was a stormy week, and there were funnel cloud warnings this day, so felt like the right time to try this shot.

Bruno: Dave, why are we sitting out here on this wet hill?
Dave: I thought we could hang out and watch the storm clouds.
Bruno: Oooh, I’ve always wanted to be a storm chaser. I saw an episode on Discovery Channel last month and they kept talking about the tastiest foods.
Dave: Really, foods?
Bruno: Oh sure. They kept talking about funnel cakes. I hear those are delicious.
Dave: Are you sure they weren’t talking about funnel clouds?
Bruno: Nope. Funnel cakes. Said they look just like ice cream cones.
Dave: You don’t think they meant that the clouds were cone shaped?
Bruno: Nope. Never even crossed my mind.
Dave: I’m pretty sure you got it wrong. Those storm chaser guys are out looking for funnel clouds so they can find and study tornadoes.
Bruno: Can I eat a tornado?
Dave: Nope.
Bruno: Can I wear one like a hat?
Dave: Nope. Why would you even ask?
Bruno: Because I like to wear things like hats.
Dave: I should have known better.
Bruno: So, all we’re doing is sitting her in the wet grass looking at clouds.
Dave: I brought treats.
Bruno: Why didn’t you lead with that? Cloud watching it is! I’ll just sit here while you pull out that funnel cake inside an ice cream cone for us to snack on.

Eva’s Project – March & April 2017

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Eva’s Project – March & April 2017

March and April was mainly set in the kitchen and dog park for Eva’s project.

This “can’t stop won’t stop” photo made use of a coffee mug bought for dog portraits then adapted to every day use in our house.  The mug really does match her personality.  Please note, no coffee was consumed during this photo session.

Dave: Eva, do you like the new mug?
Eva: Great idea to give me a coffee mug. I could use a bit more energy.
Dave: Really, the dog that is always ready to go at a moment’s notice is looking for caffeine?
Eva: Yup. It’s what us Brits do. Jack ourselves up on caffeine then terrify birds and make plans to rule the world.
Dave: I’m not sure that’s a real thing for Brittanies to do.
Eva: Which part of it?
Dave: The coffee. And possibly the rule the world part too.
Eva: Well, if you kept the coffee tin lower without clicking the latch on it I’m sure you’d see that you’re wrong about both of those.
Dave: You must realize that coffee is bad for dogs.
Eva: Pish posh. That’s more of a guideline than a rule.
Dave: Yeah, we’ll be keeping the coffee canister clicked shut in that high cupboard.

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The second photo of march “ante meridem” was a photo attempting to show how well Eva can communicate what she wants.  Here is is yogurt from the fridge.  I am personally a big fan of how out of control her coat looks here.

Eva: Ahem.
Dave: Pardon me?
Eva: Ahem?
Dave: Should I assume that you want something?
Eva: No need to assume anything. I’m telling you. You forgot my breakfast.
Dave: Really? It’s 6:45 am.
Eva: Yup. You said it. “a.m.” “ante meridem”
Dave: I never knew that you were fluent in latin.
Eva: Darn tooting I am. Ante meridem translates to “get out of bed and feed your dog, especially the white and orange one”
Dave: I’m not so sure about that.
Eva: Well, we could stand around all ante meridem and debate about it usque ad domum emergebant, or you could just open the fridge, grab the greek yoghurt and start the whole process.
Dave: usque ad domum emergebant?
Eva: Yes. It means “until the cows come home” And right now that’s seeming like a realistic option for me as I might just have to make my own yoghurt if you don’t help me out soon.

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The first photo of April was her at full speed in the dog park.  No dogversation to go with, just a Brittany moving at full speed with her tongue hanging out.

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And the final project shot was of her hanging out with the coveted bunny at Easter time.  The bunny was a new toy which made it super interesting.  Agnes had also just joined our family, so there was extra interest in the new toy, but Eva certainly was unwilling to share.

Meet Agnes

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Meet Agnes

In April we added another puppy to our home.  Agnes is a mixed breed puppy who was looking for a home from “We All Need A Rescue” in Saskatoon.  She came to us timid and afraid of people, but started immediately bonding with our pups.  Within a few days she warmed up to us humans and has made herself very much at home.

So, with a new puppy comes a new photo project.  Here are her two project photos from April…

This photo was from her second day in our lives, just a simple portrait of her checking out the back yard.  Such sweet eyes.

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This next photo of “the village puppies” was taken almost two weeks later.  She has now taken over the deck and appears to be working with the other dogs to be the “A” in their puppy version of “Y.M.C.A”, or how they spell it “M.A.r.”

Bruno’s Project – April

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Bruno’s Project – April

Running in the park, Easter, and a new puppy in the house.  Easter was a good month.

Week 14 was a simple photo of Bruno living the good life, with his coat flowing in the breeze as he runs in the park.

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Week 15 was Easter, and a long anticipated appearance from “the Easter Brunny”.  I picked up this hat as a prop a few weeks prior, and couldn’t wait to photograph him in it.  I think he rocked it.

Dave: Bruno, you’re looking good in that hat.
Bruno: Thanks. But, it’s not a hat.
Dave: Really? I was pretty sure it was a hat.
Bruno: Nope. I’m the Easter Bunny.
Dave: Really? I have a feeling that you haven’t put much thought into what it means to be the Easter Bunny?
Bruno: Nope. Not much thought at all. Except that our names are almost identical and we both like eggs.
Dave: So you’re planning on going into thousands of houses while children are sleeping and hide chocolate eggs all over their homes with little attention, lots of sleep loss, and no affection.
Bruno: When you put it like that it seems like a lot of effort.
Dave: Plus you can’t eat chocolate.
Bruno: Oh, that is a bummer. Well maybe I’ll just have to start something new. I call myself the Easter Brunny and show up in people’s kitchens and ask that they hide eggs in my tummy.
Dave: And you think that will work?
Bruno: Well, it sure did at our house. I love it when you guys cut me in on the scrambled eggs as part of my breakfast.

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Week 16 saw the introduction of Agnes into our house.  She is a little rescue puppy, one of sixty that arrived at a local shelter in a very short period of time.  We decided that our house had a bit more room in it.  Bruno did take a little while to warm up to her, but they did immediately like playing together in the yard.

Agnes: Hey Bruno, is life always like this around here?
Bruno: What do you mean?
Agnes: You know – good yummy food, lots of love and attention, a variety of toys and a yard to play in.
Bruno: Nope. Sometimes it’s better.
Agnes: Really? Better than this? Are you talking about that magical place they call the lake?
Bruno: That place is awesome, but it’s not what I was thinking of.
Agnes: Oh. Then what were you thinking about?
Bruno: Usually I feel a lot more rested. Lately someone’s been keeping me up all night yelling about their unsatisfactory sleeping arrangements. And then during the day that same someone interrupts my naps to try and get me to play with them.
And one time that someone even tried to steal crumbs from the biscuit that I was eating.
Agnes: Oh boy, that someone sounds pretty annoying. I wonder who it is.
Bruno: It’s you.
Agnes. Oh. But I do love you, very very much.
Bruno: It’s a good thing you’re cute.

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Week 17 showed Bruno and Agnes doing their very important job of keeping watch on the neighbourhood.  A little more processing than usual on this photo, including layering a second copy of the photo on top like a double exposure effect.

Agnes: Hey Bruno, what are we up to?
Bruno: Doing our jobs.
Agnes: Oooh, I’ve always wanted to be a working dog.
Bruno: It intermittently rewarding.
Agnes: But, what is our job?
Bruno: Watching the park.
Agnes: Has the city contracted us? Are we looking for criminals? Are we like police dogs? That’s pretty cool.
Bruno: Um, no.
Agnes: Um, no we’re not getting contracted by the city? Or Um, no we’re not looking for criminals.
Bruno: Um, both.
Agnes: Well then, what are we watching for?
Bruno: Other dogs, people with children, and people eating ice cream.
Agnes: But how is that a job?
Bruno: Sometimes we get paid for it.
Agnes: Really? We get a salary?
Bruno: Not so much. It’s more of a complex action and reward algorithm.
Agnes: I think you’ve lost me.
Bruno: You see, our humans are the employers. And we have negotiated a complex job arrangement. We don’t bark at everyone, if we did that it would upset the payers and they wouldn’t let outside to do our jobs. Usually a single isolated bark just reminds them that we’re working. And most of the time when we bark excessively, we’re asked politely to stop so we comply with that. But occasionally if we keep barking and pretend not to hear the employers, they resort to giving us treats to come in the house and be quiet.
Agnes: So, if we only occasionally get paid and it’s because we comply and come in the house and stop yelling, isn’t our true job being inside and being quiet?
Bruno: Um, no. I forgot to tell you that I once yelled at a suspicious looking dude who came all of the way up to the fence to look in the yard. And then I was told that I was a good boy and was given a whole big cookie. So, after that I’m considering this a job and just negotiating increased reimbursement by increasing opportunity for payment.