As easterly winds bring a Siberian chill to Torbay, we realise that maybe spring is a bit further off than we were wanting to believe. It’s certainly very cold out there today. Still, as long as it stays dry then things aren’t too bad, we have had so much rain lately that everywhere suitable for a good game of ball with the dog is extremely muddy.
The cold weather doesn’t seem to put off Fidget from taking a paddle in the sea, especially if he has dropped his favourite ball off a rock.
And a frosty morning is no excuse for avoiding a game of ball in the park.
We are looking forward to some warmer weather in the not too distant future, and we have even started looking forward to a trip or two away in the tent soon.
We are off to dig out our shorts and t-shirts in a hope that this cold snap is not here too long.
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.
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”.
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.
For what I think is the first time this year, my day off coincided with some sunshine, so it was only fair that I headed to the park with Fidget. Due to the vast quantity of rain we have had recently the park had become a bit of a quagmire, but with some sunshine and a brisk breeze coming off the sea, things were beginning to dry out a bit.
So we did a bit of this.
And quite a bit of this.
Then a bit more of this.
And that was all just in the morning, in the afternoon we went to the beach!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to do something I really love as my day job.