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. 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. ——— 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! ———- This photo may not have been my best idea ever as I had to remind him many times after to stop licking the tree for crumbs in this spot.  Fortunately the crumbs...

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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 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. Within 2 minutes the paws were being lifted one at a time in a clockwise...

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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 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 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. ——— 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 help her out. She seemed confused. Everyone knows that I’m Mr. Handsome. So...

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Bruno’s Project – October 2017 – Golden Retriever in the fall

October in Bruno’s project saw lots of fall colours and cuddles for the big guy.  He does love the cool fall weather. This photo is of Bruno having a good old fashioned lie down in the park. In his defense it was a three minute walk to this spot and a couple of people did talk to him on the way there. Dave: Alright Bruno, lets go out and do a fall portrait of you in the park with the fog in the background. Bruno: Did you bring cookies? Dave: Yup, a whole bag full. Bruno: Then the answer is an enthusiastic yes! Dave: Alright, lets get you to sit in a right handsome pose by this tree. Bruno: Got it. Dave: Uh Bruno, if you’ve got it then why are you lying down? Bruno: You said it was a fall portrait so I fell over. Dave: Dude, can we try it sitting? Bruno: Nope. I prefer my version. It requires less effort. And it is a fall portrait. Dave: You are of course aware that “fall portrait” refers to the season with all of the brightly coloured leaves and has nothing to do with your body position. Bruno: Dude, do you seriously think I’m going to fall for that line? Now for the next part of this portrait lets get some of those cookies to fall into my mouth. ——— My daughter Julia loves reading her puppies. This window bench in the kitchen is very desirable real estate in our house often filled with children reading, puppies lounging or a combination of the two.  This shot was inspired by the work of Theron Humphrey.  He is an amazing photographer, and many of his images involve close contact with his pup Maddie, a wide DOF , bright images with a saturated colour palate. He often uses a POV from straight above and many of his shots are from the kitchen. His dog is adorable too. Bruno: Hey Julia, thanks for having us up here with you for story time. Julia: You’re welcome. I love reading and being surrounded by my puppies. Bruno: Yup it is good. But can I make a request for next time? Julia: What’s that? Do you want it to be...

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Eva’s Project – September & October – Brittany Spaniel

Eva’s only September photo was a simple black and white portrait of her serious face in the kitchen.  I was near the biscuit tin and that’s always a reason to be serious. ——— Her first picture of October was one inspired by Theron Humphrey and his phenomenal images of his pup Maddie.  Eva is my shadow so it took little convincing to get her to stand between my feet for this fall time shot. Dave: Hey Eva, you’re being mighty cuddly. Eva: Yup. No ulterior motive here. Dave: I would say that’s nice to know, but your mentioning of ulterior motives does make me a bit suspicious. Eva: Nope. Just me hanging out with my best friend in the park. Dave: Nice to know. Eva: Yup. Just hanging out with my friend. Smelling the scent of those dog treats in your pocket. Dave: Is that it? Eva: Nope. I’m hungry too. And I’m hoping you’ll share some. Dave: Well at least we have the ulterior motive explained. Eva: That you do. Now if you’ll be so kind to hook me up I have some other things on my agenda for this afternoon. Dave: You have other things on your agenda? Eva: Yup. There’s an old lady sitting on a bench over there eating a sandwich. Visiting her is the next thing on my list. ———- Her next October shot was one that I’ve had in my head for a while, and it turned out to be one of my favorites of the year.   Eva is my little stalker and her paws under the door frame is something I see almost every time I come up from the basement if I had the door closed behind me.  A bit of an unusual photograph, but a very usual scene for me to see. Eva: Um Dave….. Dave ….. Dave ….. Dave: Yes Eva. What’s up? Eva: I miss you. Dave: I’m aware. But I just ran downstairs to grab something from the basement fridge. Eva: I miss you. Are you coming up soon? Dave: Eva, I’ll be up in a second. I was gone for less than a minute. Eva: I know. That’s a long time. You should have taken me with you. Dave: But if...

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