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Category Archives: Working dogs

Alice :: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Thanksgiving weekend offered me my first chance to join my husband and his friends on one of their favorite Thanksgiving traditions… An early morning duck hunt.  The real thing even, no sitting in front of a vintage nintendo for these boys.  As an added bonus for me, since I don’t have a license to actually shoot ducks, was to shoot (photographically speaking) a friend’s dog doing what she too loves to do.   This is Alice, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever who clearly loves duck hunting as much as the boys do.

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While I enjoy photographing dogs (and other animals) in any setting, there is something truly special about shooting a dog at work.  It is fascinating to watch them get so excited to perform their duties.  Alice could hardly wait for the ducks to fall before she shot out of the brush to bring them back to Marc. Sadly, it was my first attempt at shooting in the predawn light so my shots of her bringing ducks in off the water were less than successful but I am looking forward to more duck hunts to get some more practice in and perfect my settings.

And this last one is just because I love that there is beauty to be found in any season.

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Bird dogging

I got to spend the day Saturday with some good friends, their family, and nine bird dogs.  This may be one of my new favorite images.  I’m seeing a big ol’ canvas somewhere…

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Working dogs

These are some album spreads from my third and final session with Katy, Moose, and Bob.  To keep three bright and energetic Border Collies mentally stimulated, their mom also keeps a flock of sheep for them to herd.  On this particular occasion, she said the dogs weren’t on their best herding behavior, but I was still beyond impressed.

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Thanks again to Katy, Moose, Bob, and their mom for inviting me over and showing me just how awesome they are.

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