Really Cold: Vancouver, BC

Whip-pt being really cold

Whip-pt Being Really Cold

This is a Vancouver’s winter: around 5° Celsius or around 40° Fahrenheit. This is Canada and this would be mid spring weather for the rest of Canada. But it’s really cold for Vancouver and for Whippets. They have almost no fat content. Whippets have about 5% to 10% fat content. That would be the equivalent of Mr. Universe or Mr. Olympia in bodybuilding, except that bodybuilding is for the …

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Gene Pool Problems

Bulldog, profile view

Bulldog

There are Bulldogs and there are bulldogs. At this point, it’s very rare to see a Bulldog on the “doggy circuit”, the big dog shows/competitions, like the famous Westminster Kennel Club…

Now, most of the Bulldog breeds must pass a veterinary check-up to prove that they are healthy. They check for some basic capabilities such as breathing and walking… The problem is that many of the Bulldogs and the Pugs, especially the …

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Some Dogs Have Presence

dog with presence

Some Dogs Have Presence

Althea or Alta (even after I asked her owner to repeat, I’m not sure) is a Corgi and a miniature Husky.

The body and the colour of the hair of a Corgi, the hair type and the eyes of the Husky…

She has presence. She’s a go getting dog without being pushy. She walks without a leash. She goes and greet every person that looks at her, but she …

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Capturing a Golden Retriever

Golden retriever running

Photographing a Running Golden Retriever

  • Taking photos is easy: look and press on the button.
  • The difficulty is: when and how.

I wanted to take this Golden Retriever running but show the feeling of him running, not frozen in time and still track him as he’s running.

The shutter speed need to be fast enough, because I’m moving to keep up with him. But the shutter speed must not be too fast for …

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Butt Sniffing

Dogs sniffing butt

First Things First

When dogs meet, the first thing they do is sniff each other’s butt. Why?

  1. To establish status. With the butt sniff, they will know each other’s age and their health.
  2. Advertising purpose. Dogs advertise (mostly males) when they pee on the grass, on a tree or a pole. That’s their way of spray painting: “I was here”.

Technical

Camera: Canon 7DMkII ISO 500 and 1/160
Lens: Canon 70-200L …

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What’s The Tongue For?

Airedale Terrier sticking his tongue out

Airedale sticking his tongue out

I have no idea what this Airedale Terrier is doing, but he’s sticking his tongue to me. Very unusual…

Airedales are the largest of all the Terriers. This Airedale’s tail is natural and hasn’t been cut, aka docked (to make it sound less traumatic). Most Airedales at shows have their tail cut down.

The most famous Airedale is Laddie Boy which was President Harding’s Airedale during …

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What’s the Harness For?

dog with collar and harness

Dog With Collar and Harness

This dog has a harness and neck collar. His leash is not attached to the harness but to the collar.

Often people will have the collar with the name tag, the phone number and the dog license and then the leash is attached to the harness.

I have never seen a harness like that, it could be a harness for pulling but…

BTW for dog shows like the Westminster Kennel …

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Avoiding Staring at Me

dog almost looking at camera

She’s Almost Looking at Me

This white Labrador almost looked into the camera, but she stopped short, just in case. The Labs are one of the very few Canadian dogs.

They were “created” by Canadian fishermen to help on the fishing boats and pull the nets with cod fish from the water. Now, you know why Labradors love the water and love to play tug of war. They are strong dogs and they make …

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Photographing Black Dogs

Black Dog

Black Dog

It’s not easy being a black dog. Many people do not like black dogs. Light colored dogs get adopted at the rate of the 3 to 1 against the black dogs.

One of the reason that black dogs are badly viewed is because of Hollywood. Whenever they need a big, mean dog, it’s always a black dog. Occasionally it’s a very, very dark colored dog. Now they select the dog …

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How To Stare Without Looking

How a dog stares without looking

How to Stare Without Looking

This dog is trying to be very polite. She’s staring without looking directly at me. It would be very bad doggy manner to stare directly at me. I’m kneeling with my right knee on the ground and my dog is by my side waiting very patiently so we can resume our walk.

She’s not looking at me directly but she’s at full attention, you can see …

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Rubbing Herself: Vancouver, BC

Dog rubbing her face into 'who knows what'

Rubbing Herself

The guy was watching his dog rubbing herself in the frozen grass. I don’t know what smell was there, but she kept on rubbing her face in “it”.

Often dogs will rub themselves in the urine of coyotes or in the urine of “important dogs”, aka the alpha dog.

The question is why and nobody really knows. People have different theories:

  • The dog put their own smell on the other dog’s …
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