Dodoïte in the Snow: Vancouver, BC

Happy Dog in the Snow

Happy Dog happy in the Snow

Life has been hard for the Dodoïte (pronounced: Dodo ïte), especially in Vancouver. He doesn’t like Vancouver. He’s been attacked by ‘vicious trees’ that have been attacking him while he tries to pee. He’s been attacked by his own tail. He’s been attacked by airplanes… He’s afraid of his own shadow, literally and this is not a figure of speech.

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Carrying his Frisbee: Vancouver, BC

German Sheppard Carrying his Frisbee

Carrying his Frisbee

Cesar is a German Shepherd and he carries his plastic Frisbee everywhere he goes.

Cesar wants people to throw his Frisbee so he can run and get it back. He will try everybody even passers-by.

The problem is that he doesn’t drop the Frisbee on the ground. We, the strangers, are supposed to take it from his mouth.

Guess how often that happens? Even me, I don’t do that. I …

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Flat Coated Retriever: West Vancouver, BC

Flat Coated Retriever at the Beach

Flat Coated Retriever at the Beach

He was such a nice and friendly dog. It didn’t take much to bribe him, two small pieces of a chicken and salmon mix treats. After that, he was ready to follow me to the end of the earth. I didn’t see his owner, but s/he must have been around on the beach.

Dogs can smell a treat from 20+ meters/yards away and can do …

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Reluctant Dog: Vancouver, BC

dog running on beach with stick

Dog Running with Stick in Cold Water

The woman kept on throwing branches and wooden sticks into the water. She exhorted her dog to go after them and bring them back.

Her dog refused to go into the water, my guess is that sea was very cold. Eventually, he went into the water to retrieve this piece of wood.

The British Veterinary Association has declared that throwing wood for dog retrieval is bad! They claim …

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Cone of Shame: Vancouver, BC

The Cone of Shame: Vancouver, BC

The Cone of Shame: Vancouver, BC

He just had surgery, the day before. He’s not really scratching but it is best…

The official/real name for the cone of shame is the Elizabethan collar. Some people also call these cone of shame either a lamp-shade or a radar dish. Me, I call these satellite dishes. If you have the dog walk by the TV and it could pickup the TV signals…

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Another Bella: Vancouver, BC

This is another Bulldog called Bella. Bella seems to be a very popular name for female dogs, especially with Bulldogs: English or French. I can think of 6 Bella and 4 of them are Bulldogs, 3 English Bulldogs and 1 French Bulldog.

Bella is supposed to come from Italian and means beautiful in Italian. Now, why is the name Bella so popular with Bulldogs or is it just me who notices more?

Bruce made Bella sit down, but she wasn’t impressed with me, I’m kneeling on the ground and ‘hiding behind the camera’.

Another bulldog named Bella

Another bulldog named Bella

Most bulldogs look like happy dogs.

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Drying Time at the Beach: Vancouver, BC

These two dogs were playing very well together. They went in the water and chased each other in the water, but it’s hard to run in the water, so they decided to come back on dry land (kind of) and now it’s time for the big shake up.

People at Georgia Tech took extremely high speed videos of dogs shaking their fur. It turns out that dogs shake about 70% of the water in their fur in only 4 seconds. They also found that dogs shake at around 4 time per second for the Labrador Retrievers. The smaller the dog, the faster the dog shakes.

dogs shaking themselves

Dogs Shaking Themselves

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Lucky with his Tuxedo: Vancouver, BC

Lucky is a very small Yorkshire Terrier that is afraid of everything. He’s even afraid of his own shadow and this is not a figure of speech.

Joseph adopted Lucky a couple of days before he was going to be killed because the shelter deemed him as ‘unadoptable’. When I asked Joseph how did he hear about it, he said that a friend that was volunteering at that shelter let him about the Yorkie. So Joseph adopted him and changed his name to Lucky.

Joseph’s daughter, that lives in Chicago, made Lucky’s tuxedo. She also did a Christmas costume: She’s a really good seamstress.

Lucky’s not happy of having his photo taken but he’ll do whatever Joseph tells him to do.

Lucky, a Yorkie, with his black tuxedo

Lucky with his Black Tuxedo

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Chinese Crested Doing an Agility Race

This Chinese Crested dog wasn’t rushing during his agility race, to the great dismay of his owner. He was taking his time and he was strutting his stuff with elegance.

No race, no going crazy…

Earlier I saw his owner applying what looked like sunscreen. Since he doesn’t have any fur, he gets sunburns just as easily as we human do.

Chinese Crested dog doing an agility race

Chinese Crested Dog Doing an Agility Race

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Cyclists: Amsterdam, NL

I was in Amsterdam for a couple of days as a layover between flights. Millions and bazillions of cyclists, but very few dogs. I only saw about a dozen dogs during my 2 days. Either there are very few dogs in Amsterdam, or the people hide their dogs indoor, or I was in the wrong area of town…

To bring a dog into the Netherlands, the dog needs a microchip, a vaccination against rabies and finally it also needs a EU pet passport!

How does a cat or a dog get a passport? I don’t know, may be with a bark or a meow. How do they do the finger prints used in many European passports?

cycling with a dog in Amsterdam

Cycling with a Dog in Amsterdam

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Nikki: Vancouver, BC

Nikki was supposed to be a Labradoodle, a mix between a Labrador and a Poodle. Something went wrong, she’s mostly a Labradoodle with some Terrier mixed in. (Her owners must have got her genetically tested).

Nikki was too busy to slow down, but somehow I managed in having a conversation with the husband. By the time they found out, they could sent her back to the breeder…

Nikki, a Labradoodle

Nikki, a Labradoodle: Vancouver, BC

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