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. ———- 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...

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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. ———- 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...

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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! ———- 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. ——— 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...

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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. ———- 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...

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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.   ———- 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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