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31st January 2013 - two small triumphs

31st January 2013 - two small triumphs

This is the end of the first month of the new PAD regime and strangely or otherwise, because I decided to do it “properly” this year I have found it easier than when I was doing it on a more casual basis. Anyway, the end of the month brings another pic of the new team. That’s one of the two small triumphs.

The other is DMs valiant effort to get the two of them sat closely enough together for me to get the shot and still enough to frame the shot and attentive enough for the feel of the shot. I know they’re not really looking at me but at least they are both alert and attentive. The shot was inspired by Ric Y’s schnauzers and by Tim’s Tarot and Echo.

I started my PAD properly again after a six year break because we had so few photos of our two new precious babies. JD will have been with us for three years in a fortnight and he’s unrecognisable from how he was at first and at second! When he was first here, he was, to put it bluntly, a lard-arse. A massive 35 kg to his new svelte-like 23 kg. A right old porker. Lots of exercise and a decent diet have put that right.

I was looking back at his early photos on pbase and noticed an interesting observation by me about him. “He’s full of energy and enthusiasm while at the same time, he's a gentle soul.” That was written on 14th March – a month after he arrived with us. Hmmmmmm. What we didn’t realise was that our “rarified” existence out here in the middle of nowhere meant we’d not really seen him come up close and personal with any other humans while we were out walking. A couple of months later, we took him on holiday. He behaved like a complete monster for the whole week, starting off by terrifying a poor German tourist on a footpath and ending up with us becoming aware that he “had a problem” with strangers, so much so that after about the second day of the holiday, he had to be kept on a lead at all times.

When we got home we registered him for a course with a dog behaviour specialist and he underwent months of fairly intensive training. Every week, JD and David would go off together and do doggie charm school. It strengthened their bond and helped JD’s problems a great deal. Although we weren’t quite there, we decided that we could finish the job on our own and after a long, slow process, we can now feel completely confident with him off a lead.

So, now look at him. Butter wouldn’t melt? Not quite but then if you choose a collie then you’d be mad to think it would. We are collie people. We love their intelligence, their energy and their keen-ness to get involved in everything. The two of them together make a beautiful, maddening, joyous bundle of love. Hurrah for PAD-ers for inspiring this picture because you never know when the day will come when I won’t be able to hug them again. Then we’ll have this for comfort.

Canon EOS 5D
1/100s f/5.6 at 71.0mm iso400 full exif

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JW20-Feb-2013 21:40
Beautiful shot of them both!
SRW15-Feb-2013 14:19
Wonderful: collies are my favourites... -- full of life and loyalty....
Gail Davison10-Feb-2013 03:49
ahhhhhh gorgeous, gorgeous - such a beautiful pair.
thatcamelwoman.03-Feb-2013 03:00
Robin Reid02-Feb-2013 00:34
I am so glad you are posting, and it is a delight to see these two.
bill burke02-Feb-2013 00:17
Mum 01-Feb-2013 23:04
What a lovely picture of JD and Lola! Please can I have a copy?
Bill Miller01-Feb-2013 19:50
Woof, woof. What a cute pair.
faye white31-Jan-2013 23:04
Beautiful duo.
joanteno31-Jan-2013 21:39
Beautiful pups..
Michael Todd Thorpe31-Jan-2013 20:54
A great story and a lovely portrait of the two of them... :-)
Mairéad31-Jan-2013 20:51
A beautiful alert looking pair.
Sheena Woodhead31-Jan-2013 20:40
They are looking very attentive. A lovely photo to treasure.
Ric Yates31-Jan-2013 20:38
Lovely - and better shot than my snap of our girls!