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Tag Archives: Dogs

Hippee Halloween dog

halloween_dog13Tonight was the annual Halloween costume contest at The Hungry Hound where dogs put up with their owners desire to make them look funny. Some dogs handle it better than others, wearing a wig and a hat isn’t something that comes natural to many pooches. My favorite of the evening, and the official winner, was Gia, dressed like a funky hippee from the ’60s. Gia was far out and groovy and matched the look of her handlers. She also was good at posing in the studio. There are more photos over on The Hungry Hound’s Facebook page.

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What’s good: A pooch in the rain

A dog waits for a ride in the kayak.

I always enjoy a dog with his head hanging out a car window. This pooch was ready for a ride in the kayak.

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What’s good: A funny dog of a day

Sadie had a rough day.

I had some dog photo sessions today at The Hungry Hound. English Setter Sadie looked like I felt all week!

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What’s good: Remembering an old friend

A print of Boomer hangs in The Hungry Hound.

Down at The Hungry Hound, the pet boutique owned by Robin’s sister Penny in downtown Somerville, there is a very large photo of my old buddy Boomer. Boomer was a Bernese Mountain Dog who was a great friend, he always met me at the door, loved attention but wasn’t needy. He’d hang around me for a while then head off to another room to snooze by himself. I could take Boomer anywhere and not worry about him running off, he’d come when he was called and never wander very far. He had a great smile and would always make me laugh. Boomer got cancer when he was way too young and was gone within a month. He can still make me cry, but I still have his smile to keep me smiling.

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What’s good: Zian, the Bernese Mountain Dog

Zian, the Bernese Mountain Dog

We had a recent additional to the household – Zian, another Bernese Mountain Dog. Zian is about the same size as Sophie, our other Berner. That gives us about 170 pounds of dog in a house that should have about 50 pounds of dog. Zian and I were out in the yard this morning as the first light of the day came streaming across his head. It sure made him smile.

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What’s good: Trouble deciding what to send to NYT Lens blog

Sophie plays in the backyard of our Somerville, NJ home with her stuffed monkey.

The always-cool New York Times Lens blog thought it would be cool to have people around the world take a picture at the same time and send it in. The time they picked was at 11 a.m. EDT today. So I went out in the back yard with the dogs and made some shots. Sophie had her big, stuffed monkey and was bouncing around the yard with it. I made a bunch of pictures and being the old photo editor that I am, I couldn’t decide which photo to use. The choice came down to a rather traditional shot of Sophie and the toy with plenty of yard visible. For this documentary subject, I thought this might be the best shot to send.

My other choice was a very close shot of Sophie shot with a very wide angle lens. It is cooler visually, but doesn’t have any context.

Which one do you think I should have sent?

Sophie smiles for the camera.

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What’s good: The wet nose of friendly hound

Domino, a cocker spaniel

I had another day in the photo studio at The Hungry Hound. Today I photographed Domino, a black and white Cocker Spaniel. Most Spaniels are nuts, rather hyper and Domino wasn’t much different. I always give dogs time to acclimate to the studio, do their sniffing and calm down enough to After shooting for 20 he finally calmed down enough that I could get in close and tight with my macro lens.

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What’s good: Teaching dogs how to behave

Sophie relaxes after a hard session of obedience training.

We now have two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Sophie and new addition Zian. They are both about 85 pounds and our house only has room for 90 pounds of dog. It is tight in the house, everywhere I walk I run into dog. The biggest problem is training, Robin and I aren’t trained.

So we called in the expert. Kristian Hammermueller used to work for The Seeing Eye, that great place in Morristown that trains dogs for blind people. Kristian has been out on his own for several years and has a spa and grooming business in Lebanon, It’s A Miracle.

Our two dogs have recently decided to kinda attack each other every other day. It ain’t pleasant and that is the main reason we called in Kristian. Luckily while he was here for their first training today, they went at it and he had the pleasure of breaking it up. He made sure they weren’t going to do it again, today anyway. He gave us pointers on teaching them not to scrap. We’ll see how well we learned.

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What’s good: Up with people

I photographed Dash last Saturday. I love the way he paid attention.

I talked to kids at a local high school career day this morning about being a photographer. It was a small group of kids brought together by Middle Earth, run by Dan Puntillo, who I went with on the bicycle ride across America. The other speakers were a nurse, radiologist, police officer, attorney and dancer, who performed with Up With People for five years in the 1980’s. I only knew she was a performing artist when started talking but I was amazed by her pep and positive nature. It was easy to believe she was touring the globe with Up With People that long. She now works for the YMCA and does dance and music programs for kids. I wish I made a picture of her, she’s all smiles. It was a good group, it hit me that they all had jobs that make a difference in other people’s lives every day. Even the lawyer.

From there I went to Trenton with my boss. We were honored by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities for the newspaper’s annual Wish Book project that tells the story of people in need and then we raise money to purchase the items. I got the Wish Book going 20 years ago and it has raised nearly $1 million. I was humbled by the other honorees and the difference they make daily. These people are in there fighting for people who can’t. We sat with a group of high school kids with developmental challenges who started a club that anyone could join, whether they were challenged or not. For most of them it was the first time they had been to a large banquet or luncheon. They were proud to get their award.

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