Dogs and the Totem Pole

dog being petted

Dog Being Petted

Dogs live in a hierarchical society. So everybody and that means both humans and other dogs are ranked on a totem pole. The one on top is the “top banana”. The “top banana” gets all the extras including the better food.

One of the way dogs show that you are the boss, is by licking you and cleaning you. This Labrador Retriever is enjoying her work of …

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Dog at Granville Island: Vancouver, BC

dog on owner's lap

Dog on Owner’s Lap

This lady was waiting with her dog and finally her friend came. The dog staid at the table.The dog was well behaved and calm but she made sure that she was the center of the attention. After all she’s the boss since she’s in the middle.


Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II ISO 500 and 1/1250
Lens: Canon 70-200L/f4 …

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Waiting by Terra Breads

dog waiting

Dog Waiting

This photo was taken just off the Vancouver Seawall, at one the busiest coffee/bakery place: Terra Bread.

This black dog was waiting without being leashed. He staid there. He didn’t move, he didn’t go around sniffing or whatever. He waited.

I was there for about 5 minutes and he made sure that he would ignore people or other dogs. There’s a lot of pedestrian …

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Dog Waiting

dog waiting

Dog Waiting

This dog is not worried, but he’s waiting. I don’t know what he’s waiting for, but he thinks that something is coming. I’m sure that he thinks that he’s earned a biscuit but the incompetents human (me, in this case) either doesn’t understand or can’t remember. So eventually, I gave up and gave him his so-called “hard-earned” biscuit.

He looks like …

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XMas Gathering: Vancouver, BC

group photo of dogs: Vancouver, BC

Dog Group Photo

This photo was made after the Vancouver Emily Carr “petting’athon” for Emily Carr students. It’s not easy to get so many people and dogs ready at the same time, especially with a dozen people jumping in front of me to make a photo.


Camera: Canon 7D Mark II ISO 400 and 1/30
Lens: Canon 24-70L/f4 @97mm and f/7.1
Processed with …

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Blue: a Beagle

blue: a beagle

Blue: a beagle

Blue is supposed to be a dog. She’s not a dog. She’s a nose on 4 wheels. She doesn’t listen to anything or anybody. Even food doesn’t distract her from her sniffing. She’ll keep tracking the smell. That’s why, when going outside, she’s always on a leash. Occasionally, she has to be on the leash even in the house!

When …

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Dachshund at the park

Merlot, the sausage, aka a Daschund

Merlot was a “good sausage”, aka a smooth coat Dachshund. He just passed away. It’s very difficult. Dogs (and cats by the way) are not children, but they are members of the family and it hurts when they are gone.

Camera: Pentax K20D ISO 800 and 1/90
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro @790mm and f/11
Processed with …

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Mastiff: Vancouver, BC

mastiff waiting patiently

Mastiff Waiting Patiently

This Mastiff was waiting for her owner. She’s very big and most people were afraid of her. She didn’t do anything. She didn’t make any noise, no barking, no whimpering. She didn’t even looked at people in the eyes. She didn’t like having to stay and wait for her owner. But everybody was crossing the small sidewalk to avoid her. Dogs can …

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Snootsy: Not Impressed

15 years old dachshund in the rain

Snootsy: a 15 years old Dachshund

Snootsy is a 15 years old ‘sausage’, aka a Dachshund. Snootsy looks very goods for a 15 years old dog, especially for a Dachshund. Often Dachshunds get back and spine problems, not Snootsy.

I took photos inside his house and yes it’s his house, he allows the other occupants in his house. After that, I decided to take some photos outside. It’s …

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Puppy With Grass Allergies

puppy with allergies walking in the tall grass

Puppy With Grass Allergies

This puppy was walking in the tall grass.

He was sniffing around, then sneezing a few times and then when he couldn’t see anything, he finally sneezed a couple of more times and then he could see again.

He was sniffing around, then sneezing a few times and then when he couldn’t see anything, he finally sneezed a couple of more times and then …

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Nkosa: The Prince

nkosa, the prince

Nkosa, The Prince

Nkosa was old, very old. I did his photos in his last few days. He passed away just a few weeks later. He was very weak, he couldn’t walk anymore.

I tried to show in this photo his dignity. Before this photo, Nkosa did a supreme effort to sit but after a couple of minutes, it was becoming too difficult. Then he laid down and he …

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