First Contact: West Vancouver, BC

Border Collie Diving in Sand

Border Collie Diving in Sand

This Border Collie was busy chasing his ball and this is the first contact. He’s ready to kill it and return it to his owner. His owner was quite far away and was throwing the ball with one of these plastic extender to throw the ball even further away.

The Border Collie is diving in the sand to grab his prey as quickly as …

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Greyhound Rescue: West Vancouver, BC

Greyhound rescue

Bingo, a Greyhound rescue

Bingo is a Greyhound rescue from Tijuana, Mexico. She only raced for a couple of years. She wasn’t fast enough so the “race people” got rid of her. The Greyhound rescue took her under their umbrella and eventually she ended in Canada. After 5 years, she still has problems with Canada and the West Coast.

  1. It’s Canada and the winters are harsh. She doesn …
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Saluki: Ambleside Park — West Vancouver, BC

Salukis are one of the oldest domesticated breed of dogs. They are the ancestors of the Greyhounds. The Salukis started in the Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan area around 4000 BCE, long before Abraham and Moses…

I like the Salukis, they are loyal and have dignity. I have seen many goofy Labs but I have yet to see a “goofy” Saluki. If you look at his paws, notice the length of his nails, it’s to get better traction on gravel and sand so they can change direction faster when hunting for rabbits/hare…

I do not remember his name (I should have written it down) but in spite of his white muzzle, he’s only 5 years old.

Saluki: Ambleside Park — West Vancouver, BC

Saluki: Ambleside Park — West Vancouver, BC

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After the Kill: West Vancouver, BC

Border Collie running with his kill/ball

Border Collie running with his kill ball

This Border Collie is running back with his kill ball. He runs back, but not too fast.

I didn’t ask for his name. The owner was busy throwing the ball and talking with another lady, so I didn’t interrupt.

This Border Collie reminds me of Jack Russel Terrier that I knew called “Locca”. That’s a Female Crazy in Spanish. Locca …

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Mouthing Around: West Vancouver, BC

2 dogs mouthing around

Two Dogs Mouthing Around: Vancouver, BC

Lizzy, the white dog, is playing with a Shiba Inu, the brown dog. It looks fierce, but they are just playing.

Usually, when a dog doesn’t like it anymore, that dog starts whimpering and the other dog usually stops.

What makes the difference between playing around and getting ready to attack? Directions and tensions.

  1. Direction: They are not facing each other, they are …
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Photographing in the Fog: West Vancouver, BC

Photographing in the fog with his dog and a smartphone

Photographing in the fog with his dog and a smartphone

This guy is using his smartphone to photograph the fog. I’m using a ‘real’ camera to photograph him photographing in the fog.

The fog was starting to lift and some of the sun started to shine through the fog.

Earlier, it used to be fairly heavy fog. A quick breeze with the warming sun and the fog started to …

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Oscar, the 13 years old: Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog: 13 years old

Scruffy/Wet Old English Sheepdog

Oscar is a 13 years old Old English Sheepdog. He looks scruffy because in spite of being 13 years and a cold foggy winter day, he went to play into the sea.

Like all people that walk with their dog, they walk in sync and at the same pace.

I’m not talking about people that walk against their dog. That’s the ones on …

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Sidney, the Good Dog: Ambleside Park — West Vancouver, BC

This is Sidney. I got the name from his name tag on the photo. I know nothing about Sidney, but I know a lot about Sidney. Sidney is a ‘good’ dog. What makes a ‘good’ dog?

  • He’s comfortable with himself.
  • He’s unafraid, but he is at full attention (look at his ears).

Sidney is a small, comfortable, unafraid and confident dog

Sidney: West Vancouver, BC

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Jogging in Sync: West Vancouver, BC

Jogger and his dog running exactly in sync

Jogger and his dog running exactly in sync

I like how both the jogger and his dog are running exactly in sync. The dog was working very hard to follow exactly the speed of the owner. Not in front, not behind, exactly to his side. Both the jogger and his dog are relaxed.

It takes a lot of training and practice to get to that point.

It’s hard to …

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Got the Ball: West Vancouver, BC

dog with his ball

I have the ball, I don’t have to run anymore

I have the ball, I don’t have to run anymore.”

Doesn’t this look like a dog satisfied with himself? He’s accomplished his job, he earned his keep.

I’ve tried to teach my dog to fetch and bring back the ball. It was a total failure! First, I tried in the house:

  1. Throw the ball in …
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