what are you doin'?

You like dogs? Excellent. Then you'll like the next few posts because they'll probably be pretty dog heavy.

The second stop on my trip south was in Mitchell, Georgia to spend a couple of days with friends and to drop Indie off for winter camp. Yes, I call it camp. In reality, she's spending a couple of months with the Agnews at Craney Hill to polish her gun dog skills.  

Indie and Todd :: December 2015

Indie and Todd :: December 2015

Who: Todd and Indie, getting reacquainted.

When: December 2015

Where: Mitchell, Georgia

Why: I took this a couple of days before we left Indie behind for a few months of training. When I look at this picture I can hear Todd's voice saying, "What are you doing?" which really means, "I know you'd rather make a break for it, but you and I both know that you don't really want to do that." I know my dog and I'm guessing he asks Indie that question quite a bit.

 

Day 8: Independent Spirit

It was only a matter of time before I would post a photograph of my dog. When I took this picture, we were both practicing things very, very early on this Saturday morning: I was practicing photography and she was practicing her sit (or, as we call it, her hup. It's a hunting dog thing.) 

She's a year and a half old, so there's still a lot of puppy in her. Her name is Indie, which is short for her fancy name: Crosswinds Independent Spirit. I've had her since she was 8 weeks old. She is my first dog, my "Seize the Day!" puppy. And yes, she lives up to her name exactly as you'd expect she might. 

National Photo Posting Month :: November 8, 2015

National Photo Posting Month :: November 8, 2015

Who: Indie. She also goes by "Puppychub." 

When: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the crack of dawn (literally)

Where: Greensboro, Vermont

Why: At sunrise there were exactly three things to photograph: the dairy farm across the street, a view of Jay Peak (at least, I think it was Jay Peak) and my dog, the reason I was up at dawn in the first place.

 

Day 7: Bold Water Entry

A dog (or a person, for that matter) can enter a pool of water either deliberately, by dipping in a toe, then a foot and then maybe an ankle, or boldly - one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to...CANNONBALL!!!!!

This photo captures what dog trainers and handlers call bold water entry

If you've ever watched one of those dog agility competitions on TV, then you've probably seen bold water entry. It happens during the diving dog contest. From a dock, a handler throws a bumper as far as he can into a pool of water. His dog gets a running start, chasing to the bumper, and leaping leaps into a pool of water. The dog is judged by the length of the leap. Google it, if you've never seen it. It's amazing to watch.

National Photo Posting Month :: Day 7

National Photo Posting Month :: Day 7

What: An English Springer Spaniel jumping into the lake to fetch a bumper. 

When: late August 2015

Where: in Mitchell, Georgia at Craney Hill Kennel

Why: I had the opportunity to watch a professional trainer and handler work with his own dogs on water skills. In other words, I got to watch a bunch of puppies go swimming on a hot summer day. It was a privilege, for sure, and a complete blast.