Blue Skies, Sunshine & Puppies!

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You get the feeling that summer is just around the corner here in Brixham, we have blue skies (occasionally) and we have even had a few days of sunshine (and heat) – I was even wearing shorts the other day, so it must have been hot.

Fidget and I have been out enjoying ourselves, and generally messing about; the lighter evenings mean we don’t have to rush about after work to get home before dark, and we can take our time and have lots of games and a bit of silliness before heading home for our dinner.
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The sea is definitely not warm enough for me to venture in with the camera yet, so you will have to wait a bit longer for those shots. We have, however, booked ourselves in for a small break under canvas in Cornwall next month, so if you have plans for the middle of May that require dry, sunny days then you might want to reschedule, as we always choose the wettest week in May to go away camping!

We currently have an on going project photographing a litter of Cockerpoo puppies, which is great fun; and to be honest more puppy cuddling happens than photography. But at the end of my last blog I promised you puppies, so here we go.

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Four Weeks Old

 

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Five Weeks Old

Puppy promise fulfilled.

Next time: Who knows? But there might be more puppies, and some exciting new product information.

Winter hits back!

So, there we were all enjoying the first days of Spring – sunshine,  blue skies, everything was good in Brixham …
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… then WHAM!!!
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Winter came back with a vengeance.

Snow and ice, howling gales … what is going on? We don’t get snow down here, then suddenly we get it twice in one year and, just to rub salt in the wound, in the middle of March. Hate to think what effect it will have on my tulips.

Still it meant another snow day, time to close the shop and go and enjoy the snow; and Fidget had a wonderful time.

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Then, just as quickly as it arrived, we were back to sunshine and blue skies again.

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British Summer Time starts tomorrow, so let’s hope the weather gods are listening; we all really need to dry out down here now.

Back in the shop, and lots of framing work has been going on – a few of the jobs have been slight challenges but more of that in a later blog. We’ve had very happy bunny owners pick up their framed print, and discussions are ongoing regarding more work there. Lots of enquiries about different bits and bobs, so hopefully some of them will turn into paying work as well.

Is it too early for a Hot Cross Bun yet?

The Framing Dept.

As well as our pet photography, we also have an in-house framing department, that not only frames our pet portraits, but also anything else you want to bring in.

Mel, our talented framer, has been making frames for longer than he cares to admit; with customers including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and several major football clubs.

All our frames are hand made to your specific requirements, mounts are hand cut, and every care is taken to provide you with a quality product at a reasonable price. As much care and attention goes into making a small frame as goes into making a very large one.

What can we frame? Well pretty much anything you like:

We were recently asked if we could help with the BBC’s DIYSOS programme when they needed some framing at very short notice. We were happy to help and managed to provide them with nineteen framed pieces of art of various sizes in just over a day.

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So if you have something, no matter how weird and wonderful, that you want to hang on your wall, why not pop into the shop? We will be more than happy to advise you on the best way to frame your precious items, and provide you with a quality piece that you will be proud to hang over your fire place.

Cold and just a tad breezy

To welcome in Spring we hosted a combination of weather events, “The Beast From The East” and “Storm Emma”, that pretty much brought the country to a stand still. Down here in Brixham we do seem to have missed much of the snow, but the coastline was battered by gale to storm force winds causing a lot of damage.

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As the snow came in on Thursday, we decided to close the shop and head off for a snowy game of ball. No blizzard conditions can stop Fidget from playing ball.

However, as we were playing things were getting just a little more windy, and the snow as beginning to settle more, and our trip back down the hill was becoming slightly more tricky; as I proved by doing some of the trip elegantly on my backside!

The following day, the snow had eased up but the wind had caused some deep drifts in places, and ice had formed in others. We were lucky as we were pretty much at home but many people got stuck in their cars, or caught out at work and unable to get home.

Fidget found it doesn’t take much snow to cause problems if you only have short legs.

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The wind caused the most problems, combined with very high tides, and many businesses around the coast are still mopping up and having to face up to the damage that has been done; we hope they can all get back up and running before the quickly approaching Easter week-end. Brixham’s breakwater was doing a fine job of keeping the harbour safe, but in doing so has itself taken quite a lot of damage.

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Weather-wise, we are all pretty much back to normal now; the wind as died down and it’s raining again.

Let’s hope we can start having Spring properly from now on.

Ooh, free stuff.

We have 5 of Tom’s “Rocks, Waves, and Beaches” Brixham 2018 calendars to give away – for free!
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All you need to do to enter is sign up for our mailing list, and you can do that here:

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If you then want to never hear from us again, you can unsubscribe at anytime, though why you would want to do that is beyond me. After all as well as our newsletter, you will get the odd advert for what we do, as well as exclusive special offers and competitions – and you wouldn’t want to miss out on that, would you?

Weekends To Forget …

Last weekend was definitely one of those.

As some of you will know, my little dog, Fidget, suffers from idiopathic epilepsy; and despite having very few seizures last year made up for last weekend. Starting at 5.45 am on Saturday, he had about 14 seizures; the last at 8.30 am on Sunday morning.

He was taken to the vets and kept in all day for observation, and of course he didn’t have another fit all the time he was there!

They carried out various blood tests on site and everything came back fine. More blood was sent of to the lab for testing, and this has now come back showing that we are in the therapeutic range on all his drugs, though one was slightly on the low side, so we have upped his dosage slightly on that one.

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It was amazing how much I missed tripping over him and being nagged to play games, and all the little things that I complain about when he’s there – he really has taken over my life, and when he is not there it’s like a little bit of me has gone.

Anyway, he was back home on Sunday evening and we are all none the wiser as to what suddenly caused this “blip”.

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By Monday he was back to his normal rambunctious self, and charging about chasing balls and rolling in the mud, as if nothing had happened.

Me, I’m just happy to have him home with me, where he belongs, and hoping that we won’t have another episode like that again. Now I just need to try and earn some money so I can pay the emergency vet bill!

If you wish to find out more about Canine Epilepsy then here would be a good place to start:
www.canine-epilepsy.com

 

My heart goes out to anyone who owns (or has owned) a dog that suffers from this, it is a really horrible thing to see, and to know that basically you just have to wait until it is over as there is nothing you can do.

Last weekend was definitely one I want to forget.

 

It’s All About The Dog

Here at Shooting The Dog the main priority is the dog. Your dog’s health and well being is foremost in our approach to photography.

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If we feel your dog is getting too stressed by the experience, we will stop and have a break – actually if YOU are getting too stressed by the experience we will also have a break. Your dog will pick up on your anxiety, and will lead to it in turn getting stressed out.

After stopping and having a game and (if allowed) some cuddles, your dog is still not happy, we will be more than happy to reschedule your shoot on another occasion, free of charge.
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A relaxed dog makes for a much better photograph – after all you would not want a framed print of you best friend freaking out on your wall.

We have no fixed time limit to our shoots, and it sometimes takes a little while for our models to calm down, but most dogs will get bored after a prolonged amount of time; so again, if we don’t get shots that you are happy with, then we’ll reschedule, free of charge.

 

 

 

Having studied dog behaviour, our photographer is pretty good when it comes to getting your dog to do what is needed, and whilst we want you to stay with your dog to keep it reassured, it really is best to leave things to the photographer to get the shots – nothing is more frustrating than getting the perfect shot lined up and just as you are about to press the shutter the owner says “Good Boy!!” and the dog looks in the opposite direction.

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We want your dog (and you) to have enjoyed the experience, so we will always make sure everyone one stays safe and goes home satisfied; and our photographer loves working with your dogs, so if he has to do it twice to get the end result, then he doesn’t really mind – it just gives him another chance to have some fun with your dog!

 

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For the last 15 months or so, Tom, the Shooting The Dog photographer, has been spending his spare time studying dog behaviour.

He passed at the end of last year, and now has a certificate to prove it!
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Don’t think we’ll be using all those letters after his name though, well maybe on special occasions.

Only taken me about a year!

If you have dragged yourselves away from my scintillating blog posts and looked at the rest of the site over the last few days you may have noticed a few changes happening – this was planned over a year ago, and I have only just got around to doing it!

Still, it means several days of blowing my own trumpet and telling everyone how fantastic I am at dog photography. So I thought this afternoon I’d let some of my work do the speaking instead. So without any further waffling, here is a tiny selection of the dogs I have had the pleasure of photographing over the last few years.
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I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to do something I really love as my day job.