If you’ve got a good memory you might recognise little Shaka. He made his first appearance on Riviera Dogs in September 2008. (click link) when he was 9 years old.
Here he is again, this time in his winter coat and of course an older gentleman now but looking really fit. He’s a mix between a Shihtzu and a Yorkshire terrier and lives in the village of Gorbio with his really nice owner, Muriel.
After all those beautiful dogs at Crufts, how about an ugly one! She’s actually rather beautiful but the beginnings of a yawn can create a weird expression like this.
This is one of my rescue dogs, Mia, who is a Bassett Ariegois – a French hunting dog – sort of like a Bassett but with long legs. She used to be terrified of the camera. She still is terrified of other people. But now, when I’m photographing another dog, she’ll push her way in and stare at the camera.
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Rubber ducky ♥
My rubber ducky and my bath time with mommy, makes me a happy doggie!!
Dogs & Open Car Windows
Experts estimate that dogs can catch a whiff of something that’s one million times less concentrated than what humans can detect. With so much sniff power, it’s hardly surprising that they stick their heads out car windows. They could care less about the scenery. What they’re after are smells. If you’re driving through town at 30 miles an hour and your dog has his nose out the window, he knows where the bakery is, where the butcher shop is, which street leads to the local McDonald’s, and maybe even what the mayor had for breakfast.
Dogs assume a characteristic expression when they put their faces into the wind: Their upper
lips curl, their noses wrinkle, their eyes partly close, and their ears fold back. It looks as though they’re experiencing a moment of ecstasy (which they probably are) but mainly they’re concentrating. It’s as though they’re closing down all the rest of their senses to focus on this one.
There’s a world of fascinating scents outside the car. This dog loves to hang her head out the window and sample every one of them. All dogs, from huge Great Danes to tiny terriers, have extraordinarily acute senses of smell. Their scenting ability is enhanced when they are moving quickly, which is one reason that they take advantage of open car windows.
Smells are so important to dogs that they have two separate systems for detecting them. One is the nose system. It consists of a huge amount of tissue called olfactory epithelium, which is loaded with scent receptors. This area takes up about 1/2 square inch in humans, but up to 20 square inches in some dog breeds. As air moves over the tissue, odor molecules settle in millions of scent receptors. The more air flow there is, the more scents dogs detect. A Dog’s sense of smell is enhanced when they’re moving quickly. In the evolutionary scheme of things, this probably made them better hunters because they could load up on scents while chasing prey.
Dogs have a second smelling system that’s headquartered in their mouths. Near the upper
incisors is a tiny duct that leads to a specialized gland called Jacobson’s organ. It’s designed to capture and interpret the most primitive types of smells. Dogs depend on it to identify other
dogs, choose a mate, and smell prey. When dogs scrunch up their faces in the wind, it looks like they’re catching flies, but what they’re really doing is catching scents.
Question by lovelylove: What is a natural way to get rid of fleas?
I just gave my dog flea medcine and it did not work! (I don’t recomment PetArmor) I’m going to use Frontline Plus next time, but I can’t apply any until next month. I need some safe alternatives and tips on how to get rid of the fleas and their eggs on my dog and all over my house!
Answer by tro
I have tried them all
about once a month I would set off bombs in the house as i was leaving for work and found it helped a while
but until you get rid of the source of the fleas, they will be back
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I was talking with Lorelei the other day about the importance of background. We differ in our styles and our opinions on some things (which is never a bad thing).
I tend to like photos that don’t have a lot of “clutter” – the focus is on the dog and there is nothing else to distract you from that. We decided that I prefer to document, rather than tell a story and that she is the opposite. I can appreciate the beauty of an image with a gorgeous background, with small people/pets in the image, but for myself, I want images that show me what they look like at this particular time – I want to see their expressions, not their location.
The one thing I like about studio pics and in particular, Amanda Jones’ studio photos, is that you are left with nothing but the dog. If I could create an indoor studio big enough to have dogs running at full speeds I’d be a happy girl. Just think of the detail you could see without anything (aka grass, snow, shrubs, etc.) blocking your view or distracting you.
Lorelei got me to think about what my favourite photos were and I have to admit, the ones that stick out in my mind were ones with lots of background stuff. Like these and the cover image of the candids on my website (sorry can’t seem to link directly to picture but you can see it in its entirety if you click on the gallery – it is a few images in). But what those “pretty” pictures are lacking (at least in my opinion) is activity and expression. They are nice to look at, but are a little dull, as the dogs are just standing there.
So today I set out to combine the two – pretty pictures with some action. It was harder than I was expecting, which may explain why I don’t seem to do it very often. To get the right stride, with the right expression, in the right place, without stray grasses or shrubs blocking her face, all while not dropping the focus off Coulee onto the cluttered background, was hard. Way harder than I expected. I only got one that I was really happy with.
But one is all you need right? :)
Ever notice how plasticware reproduces quietly in your cupboards so that your kitchen is practically bursting with unmatched lids and containers and then, one day, when you really need it, it has suddenly vanished into the universe? It’s your fault. You distributed it over time to the houses of your friends as you departed from their potlucks saying over your shoulder, “Oh, just return the plasticware when you’ve finished the casserole.”
We hope the folks who dumped a pile of puppies in a big plastic container behind a church in Arkansas never get their storage vessel back and that their cupboards will be forever cursed with ill-fitting lids because really, who does that?
First of all, spay and neuter your dogs, for puppies' sake! Second, don't leave the resulting offspring in a sealed plastic death trap! If you have to get rid of them, fine, but there are shelters for that.
Fortunately, the eight Dachshund puppies were taken in by the church they were dumped at and handed over to Rocky Ridge Refuge, a rescue organization in Arkansas that provides sanctuary for all manner of animals. One of the puppies was adopted by someone at the church, and the remaining seven are in the care of Rocky Ridge, which aims to find the puppies good homes.
In the meantime, Rocky Ridge's resident dog mama, Butterbean, is helping take care of the pups.
Photos via the Rocky Ridge Facebook page