Agnes – January 2018 – The Start of a New Dog Photography Project

The start of a new year usually is accompanied by new beginnings, and for Agnes this means stepping up her modelling skills and moving into being a weekly model for a 52 week photo project.  For those who do not know her yet she is a mixed breed of wide genetic diversity that joined our family last April.  She starts the year at just under a year of age and is skittish of being without the other dogs and a bit hesitant about the camera. This project will be an interesting challenge for both of us. Quizzical quiz·zi·cal: ˈkwizək(ə)l. – adjective (of a person’s expression or behavior) indicating mild or amused puzzlement.  More rare: causing mild amusement because of its oddness or strangeness. I think both the typical and rare dictionary definitions of quizzical above work for Agnes, both in this photo and in her general life. This photo was the first time I’ve done solo portraits with her as most of her other photos have been opportunistic ones while she played with or lounged near the other dogs. Eva and Bruno were watching this session from 5 feet away in another room which Agnes felt was too far so she left a couple of times and found them. This portrait was eventually aided by my wife, dog treats, and sitting between her puppy friends. Note a bit of stray Bruno fur on the left side of the frame that I considered cloning out but left in because it’s part of her story. No dogversation as she wasn’t in a talkative mood. Little Miss Soulful Here is Agnes in a bit of a lounge on the living room floor. Much patience, a reward ball, two different lenses, two canine companions, two human assistants, and 179 frames later for this portrait. A very different experience photographing her versus my other two social butterflies. But those soulful eyes make up for it in the end. The Lost Ball Aggie does love these chuck-it glow in the dark balls. And this is indeed a common scene in our house with her needing help when it seems to roll under the couch on a regular frequency. I have thought about putting pool noodles under the couch to block the...

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On Instagram – theDogWearsPantlers

In Rome I was convinced that I needed to be on Instagram. I did resist adding a media presence/commitment, but decided to join and now regularly post photos there.  Since not all photos make it on this web site the Instagram feed provides a more updated stream of dog and other photos. My handle is @theDogWearsPantlers.  For those wondering what pantlers may be, they are pajama pants worn upon one’s head to look both like pants and antlers.  And yes, Bruno does look good in pantlers. Top 9 Posts Thanks to the power of the internet here are the selected top 9 posts from my Instagram account in 2016 and...

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Bruno’s Project – December 2017 – Golden retriever at Christmas

Bruno and Christmas.  Two things that I love, which are even better when combined together.  December marks the end of his weekly photo project, and most of the images do have a Christmas theme to them. Bright Idea His first December photo had Bruno getting literally wrapped up in the Christmas spirit. He really does like to be involved in everything. Bruno: Hey Dave, we have a small seasonal problem here. Dave: What’s that? Bruno: Well, you know how I like to be involved in everything that the family does? Dave: Yes. With two major exceptions. Bruno: This isn’t about the vacuum or canoe. Dave: Fair enough. Bruno: Well, it might not have been my brightest idea to help you untangle the Christmas tree lights. Dave: When did this first occur to you? Bruno: It took a while for me to wrap my brain around the problem, until my brain got wrapped around by the problem that is. Dave: I’m with you so far. Bruno: Well, then I realized that I might be a little too entwined with this project. And if someone breaks out the gingerbread, we might have a major problem with me dragging a tree around the house in a fit of impulse and chaos. Mistletoe Tester The next photo was taking advantage of a simple Christmas decoration.  He would be a most helpful tester. Dave: Really? Mistletoe testing? Bruno: Yup. Seems like a good idea to me. Dave: And just what does a mistletoe tester do? Bruno: Well, I heard that passing by a mistletoe obligates humans to hand out kisses like candy. Thought I should get in on the action. Dave: I’m not surprised, you do love getting kisses. But one problem, we don’t have any mistletoe. Bruno: Why not? Dave: It’s apparently a mild neurotoxin and we don’t want dogs or human to get into it. Bruno: Where you see a problem I see an opportunity. Let’s get some dog treats that look like mistletoe then I can rake in both kisses and treats! I love the holidays! It’s Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Christmas This photo may not have been my best idea ever as I had to remind him many times after to stop licking...

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Eva’s Project – November & December 2017.

Hard to believe that 2017 is now over, and the weather that we had to end the year was chilly to say the understated least.  This also marks the last post of Eva the Brittany Spaniel’s monthly 2017 photography project. This November photo was a tribute shot, based on a lovely photo by Stefanie Timmermann.  This photo turned out quite different than what I intended, but I still like the result highlighting her eyes and ears.  Eva does have some pretty long ears for the size of her head. The ear hair adds a couple of inches as well. ———- This next photo was of her on Christmas morning, with some wrapping paper in the background.  She is really wanting some of the treats that Santa brought for her, Bruno and Agnes. Eva: Hey Dave, Merry Christmas. Dave: Merry Christmas to you too Eva. Eva: Remember those sweet potato biscuits that Santa brought me? Dave: I believe he brought those for all of the puppies in the house. Eva: Nope. Not quite. I get first dibs on anything that Santa brings. It’s part of the Christmas code. Dave: The Christmas code? Is this the code where the one with the craziest ear hairs gets to have whatever they want? Eva: Dude, that’s not the code. It is right in the name of the holiday. Dave: I’m not following you. Eva: It’s the day that Santa flies. Christmas Eve, which code for Christmas Eva, which is code for me getting dibs on the cookies. So, can you break them out and lets get this Christmas Eva party started! ———- The week between Christmas and New Years was very cold with Saskatchewan and much of the rest of the country in a deep freeze.  At -30c without the windchill it could officially be called “paw lifting cold” in our household. Some boots might help, but we have never had success keeping those on feet during walks. And with 12 paws to cover I believe we would usually come home with only 10 or 11 at best. The dogs had not had a good walk in a week because of the severe cold. This shot was taken on the hill behind our house with her big jacket on....

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Agnes’ Project – November & December – Rescue puppy living the good life

The holiday season was a good one in our house, and rescue puppy Agnes took full advantage of it.  It also turns out that she likes apples. The only photo from November in her project is of her and Eva Agnes politely taking turns eating an apple straight off the core. Bruno had been temporarily removed from the photo session for trying to take the whole apple and my wife’s fingers with him into the other room. Eva does prefer her apples sliced while Agnes did get the hang of eating off the core. ———- The next photo was a candid photo of her chilling on the couch while singing some carols. Dave: Agnes, what are you up to? Agnes: Getting into the holiday spirit, and singing the song of my people. Dave: I was going to ask why you’re on the couch. But the song of your people does sound a bit more intriguing. Agnes: Actually, it’s the christmas carol of my people. Dave: Please tell. Agnes: I prefer to sing it for you. Loudly and with great enthusiasm like it’s intended….. BARK THE HUNGRY PUPPIES SING, BRING US ALL SOME BURGER KING! Dave: Dude, I’m pretty sure those aren’t the lyrics. Agnes: In the spirit of the season lets just agree that I’m right and then we can hop in the car and go out for a whopper and fries. ——– And this little Christmas eve photo was of her having a little nap on the couch.  I think that little rescue puppy Agnes has made herself at home. I like to think she had visions of sugar plums in her head here, but she may just have been taking a good old comfy snooze without the dreams. Either way she is living the...

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Bruno’s project – November 2017

We  had an abrupt early start to winter. On November first we had a moderately large snow-storm and are now sitting at a very cold -30c with the wind chill. The cold stayed for much of the month so Bruno’s project has one snowy image and several relaxed indoor photos.  The hard life of a golden retriever in winter. Early Winter The first November photo of his project was not at our first location for shooting in the morning, but the edge of the pond proved not quite as frozen as expected resulting in a boot full of mucky water and muddy paws for Bruno. And I have to thank my kids for accompanying me on this morning photo session, as Daniel held his lead on the other side of the bushes for this photo. Dave: Hi Bruno. When did you learn to wave hello? Bruno: Oh, um, it’s something I might have always known. Dave: You have no idea what I’m talking about do you? Bruno. None at all. I just wanted to say that I learned something. Dave: Fair enough. But, If you’re not waving what’s with the big paw? Bruno: Oh, this branch just needed a good smack down. Dave: Can I ask why? Bruno: Well, it’s between us and I want to be closer. And since you just finished telling me to stop eating random branches I thought a good karate chop was in order. Dave: Your problem solving skills are working well this morning. Bruno: Darn tooting. Now if I can just paw-smack this big branch out of the way I can chew my way through the smaller ones to get closer to you. ——— Name Tags It may be just us but out dogs really do seem to acquire lots of nicknames. Maybe the number of names he has to remember is why he has trouble learning new tricks. Dave: Hey Bru, what’s with all of the name tags. Bruno: Well, the other day Karen came in the kitchen and said in a really sweet voice “Who is Mr Handsome? He’s just so sweet and handsome!”. Then she gave me an extra big cuddle. Dave: And that explains the name tags because … Bruno: Well, I’m trying to...

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