The Lion in Winter: Vancouver, BC

copcker spaniel in need of a hair clip

Cocker Spaniel or Lion?

This Cocker Spaniel is in serious need of a good clip. Sam hasn’t had his (I think that’s it’s a him) hair cut in quite a few month, but he’s well kept. Everyday, he get a vigorous raking. The rake is stronger than a brush and it has only one row of “teeth”.

Sam, the cocker spaniel, reminds me of the movie …

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Whippet: Born to Run

whippet running on the Vancouver seawall

Whippet Running on the Vancouver Seawall

Whippets are born to run.

Whippets used to be the runt of the litter of the Greyhounds. The nobility would order the “peons” to kill them. The “peons” almost rebelled and decided to keep them. Then the “peons” bred them together because they had such a good character and they were excellent runners. They don’t eat much, they don’t take too much …

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Pug at the Beach

pug at the beach

Pug at the Beach

Nowadays, pugs are very popular dogs. They are small, they do well in apartments, they not high activity dogs and have good personalities. Pugs were very popular dogs in the 1850s but lost their popularity at the beginning of the 1900s.

In 1997, the movie, Men in Black, marked the “relaunch” of the Pugs. Now, pugs are a top 10 breed.


Camera: Pentax K20D ISO …

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The profile of a French Bulldog

profile of a french bulldog

Profile of a French Bulldog

Henry is a young pup. He’s French Bulldog about 6 month old. Here’s his profile. The profile is very important to the French Bulldog owners because it shows that the dog doesn’t have a nose.

It’s no exactly true, he still have the nose, but the nose is “pushed back inside the head” and is almost touching the throat. That’s …

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Happy Dog: Vancouver, BC

My dog when he's happy

A Happy Dog: Vancouver, BC

Here’s a happy dog:

  1. Eyes with their normal shape
  2. Mouth partially opened and not tensed
  3. Relaxed ears, not on alert
  4. Raised head but not tensed
  5. Relaxed tail
  6. Relaxed body

This is my dog, Dodoïte (pronounced: Dodo ïte) in his good days. Some days he’s happy and relaxed, some days he’s not. It has a lot to do with the weather and the …

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Zzzz: Vancouver, BC

british bulldog puppy falling asleep

British Bulldog puppy falling asleep

Bella is a 6 month old English Bulldog. She runs, she jumps (kind of), she bulldozes everything on her way. She will be the queen of destruction when she’ll grow up. For my benefit, she just shewed on an expensive leather couch and attacked a couple of toes, luckily not mine.

But right, now she’s about to crash and go to sleep. The …

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The Cookie Monster: Vancouver, BC

the cookie monster

The Cookie Monster

Her nickname is “The Cookie Monster” (include the: The) which is often shortened to “The Cookie”. I forgot to write down her real name.

The Cookie only works when she’s being paid. She has to be paid before and after the work. She need to have a cookie before going for the walk and she also wants to be paid when coming home… Another cookie down …

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Why Do I Have To Do This?

chinese crested jumping

Chinese Crested Jumping

Some dogs have it and some dogs don’t.

Some dogs are born for agility competition, some dogs are not. The most obvious candidates for agility competitions are the Border Collies (they win the most often) and the Pitbulls. The Chinese Crested are not born for this kind of life.

This Chinese Crested wasn’t rushing during his agility race, to the great dismay of his owner …

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Was it OK?

Dog at agility competition

Dog at agility competition

This is an agility competition.

By now, most of the dogs in that agility understand that they have to go through those obstacles and their owners are happy when they go through them. If they rush through these obstacles, their owners are even happier.

What the dog doesn’t understand is the order of these obstacles. The order changes every time they run. In fact, the …

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Working for a Living

dog @ agility competition

Dog at Agility Competition

Some dogs do nothing the whole day: they wait, they sleep, they wait and wait… Dogs are hunters and therefore they are supposed to be patient and wait until the prey, the owner or the meal comes.

Some dogs have to work for a living, they are earn their meal. I’m talking about these service dogs for the blind, seizures… Some have to work rounding …

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Dumb Cat on the Attack: Vancouver, BC

dumb cat on the attack

Dumb Cat on the Attack

Here’s a dumb cat! Grey Tabby on a grey sidewalk, hoping that no mortal enemy will see him or her, before attacking us.

  1. We saw him or her, in spite of flattening himself/herself on the grey sidewalk so we don’t notice him or her.
  2. S/he doesn’t wear a collar.
  3. S/he’s facing the danger instead of being smart and …
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