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.   ———- 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...

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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. ————- 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....

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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. ———- 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:...

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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. ——— 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...

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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. ———- 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. ——— 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...

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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. ———- Week 10 “Bat-Bru” was the...

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