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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.

Bruno’s Project – March

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Bruno’s Project – March

A little late on this post, but here is what happened in March.

Week 9 was a trip to the park for Julia and Bruno that ended in a drag through the snow.  Julia was more than happy to help me with my photo showing their contrasting footwear. And she did a great job walking him and posing with boots beside his paws on the fresh snow. Even after he took a break to literally drag her about 20 feet while she was still holding his lead so we wouldn’t lose him. I guess that’s what happens when a 75 pound dog really wants to go somewhere while a 60 pound girl is holding his lead. And that explains why her pants are covered with snow in the photo. No hard feelings between the two of them as she was laughing all the time. Those people who say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend have never had a golden retriever in their life.

Julia: Hey Bru, thanks for coming for a walk with me.
Bruno: Always happy to walk. Unless it’s too hot.
Julia: Well, we don’t have to worry about the too hot today.
Bruno: Yup. Perfect day for a walk in fresh snow, smelling the winter air and saying hi to doggy friends.
Julia: But I’m not sure you even knew that last dog.
Bruno: Just because I don’t know someone doesn’t mean they aren’t my friend. Everyone loves me, and I love everyone.
Julia: True. But next time you want to say hi to a friend, can you wait until I say we can go say hi?
Bruno: But that could waste valuable seconds of saying hi. And there’s always a chance you would say no.
Julia: But, if you wait for me to say we can visit there’s also a chance you won’t drag me across the park on my stomach by the lead while you run over to say hi.
Bruno: Oh, but I thought you said you always wanted to go on a dog sled ride.
Julia: Yes. But dog sled rides involve a sled, not just being dragged through the snow!
Bruno: Suggestion noted. Next time we’ll bring the toboggan.

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Week 10 “Bat-Bru” was the day we went to the Lego Batman movie and Julia had received this toy in a happy meal a couple of days ago.

Bruno: Hey Dave.
Dave: What’s that Bruno?
Bruno: Not Bruno. I am Bat Bru!
Dave: Really? Never pegged you to be serious and brooding like the Dark Knight.
Bruno: You’re right, I’m more golden and fluffy.
Dave: And what makes you think you’d be a good super hero?
Bruno: The costume. I’m really rocking these mask glasses.
Dave: I think those are more cat woman glasses.
Bruno: Nope. I don’t do cats, they freak me out a bit. And I’m sure they’re Bat Man. Otherwise why would they have a Bat Man logo on the side?
Dave: Fair enough. But what about the cape?
Bruno: I’d love a crepe! This Super hero thing just got even better!
Dave: Not a crepe. A cape for you to wear. Makes you more intimidating and super-heroish.
Bruno: Like a towel? I love holding those in my mouth. Masks, crepes and towels. This Bat Bru thing is the best idea I’ve ever had!

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For week 11 some new props came into the house.   A couple of weeks ago I had seen these mugs at a Chapters Indigo bookstore and thought they were great, both for the humans and as a prop for a dog photo. But, I restrained and didn’t buy them. When I told my wife about the mugs she went back that afternoon to pick them up. They are now our breakfast mugs, but today they were filled with breakfast kibble for Bruno’s photo project. I never knew his snout was so flexible to produce that many wrinkles.

Eva: Bru, what do you think of these new mugs?
Bruno: I thought they were for the humans.
Eva: I’m not so sure about that. The text seems to fit us both perfectly.
Bruno: Nothing is fitting about mine.
Eva: Seriously? Do you even know what namaste means?
Bruno: Of course I do. Do you think that I’m a troglodyte?
Eva: Honestly… yes, I kind of do. But how can that mug not fit you? You love to sleep in and chill?
Bruno: Well, that’s not the true meaning of namaste. But even allowing for that, the cultural misappropriation of the term and the fake contraction, it still doesn’t fit. That’s why I assumed it was for the humans.
Eva: Well, I never took you for that much of a scholar of languages. I guess I underestimated you.
Brunuo: I accept your apology.
Eva: Oh, I never apologized. I make that a principle of mine to never admit wrongdoing. But, I would appreciate it if you could enlighten as to why the text doesn’t fit.
Bruno: It truly has nothing to do with the text. I can’t even read. I simply meant that it doesn’t fit because I can’t get my snout all of the way in to eat the food in the bottom two thirds of the mug

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Week 12 was a close up of his warm paws on the frosty deck.  I was going to do some action shots in the yard, but when I saw how the frost on the deck was melting under his paws I knew I had my shot.

Dave: Hey Bru, looks a little frosty out there.
Bruno: Just a little. And just how I like it. I tend to run a little warm.
Dave: Like the expression “cold nose, warm heart”?
Bruno: I don’t get that one.
Dave: It means that even though a dog’s nose is cold, they have a warm heart meaning they are kind and gentle.
Bruno: Oh, well that’s stupid.
Dave: Really?
Bruno: Yup. Why stop with just the heart being warm? I believe in being warm all over. It makes me so much better to cuddle.

Eva’s Project – January & February 2017

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Eva’s Project – January & February 2017

Ah, the start of a new year means the start of another new photo project.  Eva is going to be doing the more relaxed monthly project, with 1-4 photos every month.  Can’t keep her away from the camera as I think she’s convinced that ti bakes cookies with how excited she gets when it comes out.

 

The first photo of January “a flare for napping” does not show that excitement.  Just a good long nap on a bench in the sunny bay window.  Gave me a little bit of lens flare to play with.

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Her second photo of January “a bird’s eye view” was doing a favorite thing of hers.  Keeping an eye on the park.  For this vantage point she used my daughter’s bed looking over the trees to watch everything happening below her perch.

Julia: Eva, are you taking over my bed?
Eva: Not all the time. I just reserve the rights to use it and the air space above it during daylight hours.
Julia: Can I ask why?
Eva: Birds. Always Birds.
Julia: I thought you watched the birds from the main floor windows.
Eva: Oh but I do. But what is amazing is how different birds look when you’re above them. Completely mesmerizing.
Julia: I guess that’s true.
Eva: On a completely unrelated note, how fast do trees grow?
Julia: I don’t have an exact number, but I do think it’s pretty slow and perhaps not at all in the winter.
Eva: Oh. I guess I can wait until spring.
Julia: For what?
Eva: For that branch the birds are sitting on to get really close to the window.
Julia: Now that makes sense.
Eva: Can I ask you one more completely unrelated question?
Julia: Sure.
Eva: How do I open the window?

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February’s photo “in stark contrast” was of her in the yard.  The snow provided a great high contrast background for her to do her thing.  Watching something with great intensity.

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The last photo of February “coyotes” was while we were on a family vacation in Phoenix.  The dogs had to stay in Saskatoon, so they missed out on the hiking, swimming, and hockey game. But, I don’t think they mind as they stayed with a friend of ours who treats them like gold and has another four dogs for them to play with as well. Plus Eva has decided that she is a lap dog and tries to spend as much time as possible on Stacey’s lap getting cuddles. They lead a good life.

I had taken a photo of Eva looking at a Looney Tunes roadrunner picture before travel to use in her project. But, I accidentally deleted it so Stacey was kind enough to text me one of Eva from her place. The annoyed look in Eva’s eyes is likely because she had to get off her lap for the photo.

Eva: What are you humans up to?
Dave: Well, while in Phoenix we decided to take in a coyotes game.
Eva: Seriously? Coyotes? Those things aren’t even domesticated. What kind of game could they do, they don’t even know how to fetch.
Dave: It’s a hockey team.
Eva: Oh, I never saw that coming. Never expected them to wear skates.
Dave: It’s not actual coyotes playing, it’s a human team named the coyotes.
Eva: Oh. That does make a bit of sense.
Dave: Just a bit? In what way?
Eva: Skill level. I imagine those humans would be better at hockey. And I assume they chose the name coyotes to try and scare the opponents a bit.
Dave: Likely.
Eva: But if they really wanted to intimidate, they should have called themselves the “brittany spaniels”.  We’re fast, smart, and unpredictable. One time I even bit Bruno in the butt after he knocked me over while I was pooping. He never did that again.
Dave: Retaliatory butt biting is not a part of hockey. It would get you ejected from the game.
Eva: Oh. But body checking, shoving, and firing a frozen rubber disc at high speeds towards the other team is all acceptable? I’ll never understand you humans.

 

 

 

Bruno’s project – February 2017

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Bruno’s project – February 2017

Bruno’s project in February saw  winter weather, a valentine’s photo and a little vacation photo.

For Week 5 “a little closer” I took him to the frozen pond and this is what he came up with.  Worked out so much better than what I was trying to frame up.  He is such a gentle giant, and I think that shows in his eyes here.

Dave: Hey Bru, how is staying over there for the photo going?
Bruno: It was pretty good.
Dave: Then what happened?
Bruno: I missed you. So I came over here.
Dave: But, I was only seven or ten feet away.
Bruno: And now you’re less than two feet away. Much better.
Dave: Fair enough.
Bruno: Yup. And know what else?
Dave: What?
Bruno: Those cookies you brought smell so much better from over here. I thought coming over here would make it easier for you to put another one in my mouth.

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Week 6 “school drop off” was a photo of daily life.  We walk the kids to school every day, and the dogs love to come along for the walk.  Here everyone can be seen approaching the school, and if you look close you can just see a bit of Eva as she is always the one in the lead.

Bruno: Karen, why do we have to drop the kids off for school?
Karen: That surprises me. I thought you liked the morning walks for drop off and afternoon walks for pick up.
Bruno: Oh, but I do like those walks. The fresh air, the family time, and all of the bonuses.
Karen: Bonuses?
Bruno: Yup. Lots of bonuses during school walks. Kids coming over to pet me. Adults coming over to pet me. Getting to poke my head in the school and have teachers pet me. And then there’s the occasional food litter. Apple cores, muffin wrappers, and last week I even found a piece of granola bar.
Karen: Then if you like all of those things why don’t you want to do school drop off.
Bruno: Oh, we can still do the walks. I just don’t get why we have to leave them in that building.
Karen: You know, so they can learn things like how to read and write. And then they can get good jobs so they can afford a nice place to live, eat well and all of those other important things.
Bruno: Seems like overkill to me. I barely even went to school and I live a life of luxury.
Karen: You’re a bit of a special case. It doesn’t usually work that way for humans.
Bruno: Oh. But I still think it’s a bad idea to leave them there.
Karen: Why?
Bruno: Because I miss them during the day.

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Week 7 “big love” was his valentine’s day photo.  We are not ones to make a big deal over valentine’s day in our house, but when I saw the big love sticker in a sticker pad of my daughter’s, I knew it had to be part of his photo for the week.

Dave: Hey Bru, what’s with the “big love” sticker?
Bruno: I’s my motto. I’m big, and love is the most important thing to me. Except maybe food – but I do really really love food, so love wins again.
Dave: I get that. But, why the sticker?
Bruno: I thought it would remind people how important love is. And to cuddle me.
Dave: Okay. So it has noting to do with Valentine’s day?
Bruno: What’s that?
Dave: A day set aside to tell people how much you love them, and spend time with them. Big day in North America.
Bruno: Well, that’s just stupid.
Dave: Really? You don’t agree with the concept?
Bruno: No, the concept is good. The stupid part is why people would only do that one day of the year. Every day is like that for me.

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For week 8 we had “separate vacations”.  Bruno and Eva stayed at home with a friend of ours while us humans went to Phoenix.  Before going I had taken a photo of Bruno with a toy snake to use on the iphone while away, but unfortunately I accidentally deleted the file.  Fortunately our friend Stacey did not think I was crazy asking her to text me a photo of the big guy.  It turns out that he spent much of the week wrestling with a tiny pug who was also crashing at her place for spring break.  He was tired when we picked him up.

Bruno’s project – January 2017

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Bruno’s project – January 2017

 

2017 is a new year, and time to start a new 52 week dog photo project.  This will be my fifth year doing a weekly dog photo project, and I must admit it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find photos that I haven’t done before.  So, there may be repeats in 2017, but hopefully not too many.  It helps that Bruno has matured a fair bit since his last weekly project in 2015.

The first week was exceedingly cold, so I thought that Bruno would look good rocking a nice red scarf.  Apparently he looks good no matter what, but my scarf tying skills leave much to be desired.  This was taken in some nice morning light on a path in the park.  Title of the photo is “you can leave your scarf on”

Bruno: Hey Dave, what’s with this red thing around my neck?
Dave: It’s one of Karen’s scarfs. I borrowed it and told her it wouldn’t get too hairy.
Bruno: That might not work out as promised.
Dave: I’m aware of that. But you do look good in it.
Bruno: I look good in anything. But what is it doing around my neck? I feel like I’m going to overheat here.
Dave: Overheat? It’s below -30c with the wind chill.
Bruno: Dude, have you seen my coat? Winter is my season. And I don’t need fashion accessories to rock it.

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Week 2 “snowse”.  A simple portrait of Bruno in the yard after he had a brief flurry of snow digging.

Dave: Hey Bru, How is it going?
Bruno: Really good. Great day and now we’re hanging out in the back yard with fresh snow. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Dave: Yup, it’s a good thing. And I see you’ve been learning from Eva and sniffing up all of the smells in the yard.
Bruno: Nope. Can’t say I’ve been doing that.
Dave: Then why the snowy nose? I assumed you had it under the snow checking out a great scent.
Bruno: Nope. My nose doesn’t work like that. I use it more as a digging implement.
Dave: Digging implement?
Bruno: Yup. Like a shovel. The snow seems to set off my dig neuron. I just need to dig in it and sometimes my front paws aren’t enough.

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Week 3 “hug contractor” took advantage of exposed subflooring as part of a kitchen renovation we were undergoing at home.  Bruno does love wearing glasses and hats as it seems to be a sure fire way for him to get attention, and all attention is good in his world.  He was more than happy to oblige with the earphones and glasses.

Dave: Hey Bruno, what are you up to?
Bruno: Figured I should get a job in construction. I think they could use a dog with my skill set?
Dave: A dog who’s doesn’t like loud noises and needs frequent naps?
Bruno: That’s what the ear protection is for. The naps is why I would do contract work and build that time into the contract.
Dave: Fair enough. What’s the plan?
Bruno: I could be a hug contractor!
Dave: I don’t think that’s a thing.
Bruno: Totally is. I heard them talking about it on HGTV when I was half napping the other day. I figure it’s someone who wanders around a work site handing out hugs to make everyone happy.
Dave: Good idea, but I’m pretty sure you misheard them.
Bruno: Oh. Then it must be rub contractor. I can do that too. People rub my tummy and then everyone feels super happy.
Dave: Another great idea. But, I really think you misheard them talking about subcontractors.
Bruno: Oh, I can do that too. Assuming that subcontractor means someone who eats everyone’s subway sandwiches at lunch.
Dave: Still not it.
Bruno: Then I can only assume that a sub contractor is based off the latin prefix “sub” meaning “beneath, under, or below”. I can totally do that too! I am exceedingly good at hanging out beneath people’s feet until they stop working, hug me, pet me and sometimes give me food!

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Week 4 “a man of leisure” was a shot of Bruno fully comfortable from his perch on top of a pile of pillows on our bed.   He leads a busy life.

Dave: Hey Bru, what are you doing.
Bruno: Multitasking.
Dave: Really? I never would have guessed that answer.
Bruno: Yup. I’m a great multitasker.
Dave: Can I ask what multiple tasks you are working on now?
Bruno: Yup. the old L&W. Lounging and watching.
Dave: Fair enough. But why does it need to happen at the head of my bed?
Bruno: This is the best place to look out to the park. All other windows on the second floor require effort.
Dave: But do you really need to be in the centre of all of those pillows? The majority of them are decorative accent pillows.
Bruno: Yes I do need to be on the pillows as after all I am a man of leisure. And I must complement your interior design choices. These pillows really do accent the colours of my butt fur quite well.

Bruno’s project – November & December

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Bruno’s project – November & December

It’s hard to believe that Bruno’s 12 month project is over for 2016.  But, lots more of him to come as he moves into a weekly project in 2017.

His first November project photo “dolphin jumping” was from the same photo session as Eva’s week 45 photo.  The she’s crazy sign seems to bring out the crazy in both dogs.

Bruno: Hey Dave, I’m a dolphin!
Dave: But Bruno, I thought you were going to just stay calm and peaceful wearing the sign while Eva acted crazy.
Bruno: Change of plans. I think I want to be a dolphin now.
Dave: You do realize that dolphins spend all of their time swimming.
Bruno: My day just got better.
Dave: And they eat fish for every meal.
Bruno: This is the best idea ever! I’m going all in on the dolphin thing.
Dave: And they never get to have long cuddles with their people.
Bruno: Oh. Well, that’s not ideal.
Dave: Yup. Not ideal at all.
Bruno: But I have idea. Maybe I can be a dolphin some of the time. Bring on the swimming and the fish!

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This photograph “glowing” was a fortuitous catch.  I was playing with the dogs in the backyard. Parts of the yard were in the sunlight, and parts were in the shade.  There was a fair amount of lens flair, and lots of action.  Then I got this one with Eva bounding in front of the camera with a completely out of focus photo bomb (the bottom two thirds of the frame are actually her).  A little processing and I’m going with this as an abstract shot for Bruno’s monthly project.  Like nothing I’ve ever captured before, and I have a feeling I will never capture anything like it again.

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The last photo of November “my little nutcracker” was of Bruno getting a bit of an early start to the Christmas season playing with a nutcracker toy in the back yard.Loved the lens flare and light here.  I was going to do a dogversation to go with, but it kept getting awkward with nutcracker jokes.

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Bruno’s pre-Christmas photo “Santa’s list” shows him getting his list and stocking ready.  The big guy has big ideas.

Dave: Bru, the stocking is supposed to be hung by the chimney with care.
Bruno: But, I like it in my mouth.
Dave: Fair enough. After all, you are a good retriever.
Bruno: Yup. And I’ve been good all year. As long as you ignore the eating Christmas present thing.
Dave: It is good to be optimistic.
Bruno: Darn right it is. Optimism is the best! What do you think about the list?
Dave: It looks good. Did you check it twice?
Bruno: Chuckit twice? Can I ask for two Chuckit balls this year?
Dave: I’m afraid I meant check it twice. Like look it over an extra time.
Bruno: Sorry. Can’t do that. If I check it twice I might eat it. Small impulse control issue and I do want to stay on the nice list.

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Bruno’s final photo of 2016 “that’s a wrap” took full advantage of left over wrapping paper from the Christmas presents.

Dave: Bruno, looks like this next photo will wrap up your 12 Months project in 2016.
Bruno: Man, do I have an idea for you.
Dave: Sure, lets hear it.
Bruno: Well, I can wear the wrapping paper from the Christmas presents like a hat.
Dave: Seriously?
Bruno: Yup. It’s going along the theme of having the project all wrapped up.
Dave: I wasn’t sure we were being that literal.
Bruno: Well, I could just eat some more wrapping paper then have fancy poops to ring in the new year. Would that be better?
Dave: Okay, wearing it like a hat it is!