Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Balmy Weather and Barmy Dogs

With Sandy in her crate on the days I work in the office, and the evenings busy with talking to dog training and grooming clients and teaching classes, I worry at times that a certain young woman is not getting adequate stimulation for her young mind and active body. 

Though I do generally get a chance for a leash walk for at least most of the dogs, with Sandy I feel a lot less guilty if I can get her some stimulation of a more intense variety. 

With the weather balmy like it was last night, the early darkness was no deterrent to some wild times in the comfort of our own yard and deck. 

Fortunately, Sandy is an easily amused youngster and found endless delight in the pile of tennis balls I keep back there. 

After we'd tossed the tennis ball up and down the deck stairs a dozen times--and having eaten a few too many samosas with Hoisin sauce, I even enjoyed joining in the chase--we got into some tennis ball bouncies right on the deck. 

Don't laugh, but I just discovered recently that the way to get a really fun dog action shot is to snap randomly in the midst of the action rather than waiting for the dog to do something photographically exciting. 

Whether she was learning to juggle

or just focused with feverish intensity on those spherical chartreuse prey species with the strange bouncing motion

Sandy certainly got nice and tired and made her mom feel like a better person. 

And even a slightly better photographer.  


  1. Those are some great pictures of Sandy! She looks like she's have a blast. I laughed out loud at that one with her mouth agape (3rd from the bottom). Just pure, simple fun.

  2. Those are some great pictures! It's so much fun to throw multiple balls at Finn, she has no idea which one to run after first!

  3. Sandy and Ginger look so much alike, it's crazy!

  4. I think those are great action shots :)

    Stop on by for a visit

  5. You better gets lots of exercise before you go in jail you may cause a ruckus when let out, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  6. Thanks for stopping by Stumpy's blog and for the camera suggestion! Your pics look great (could be the adorable subject matter!)At the price, we can't afford NOT to add the Easyshare c182 to our list of possibilities!

    Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
    Stumpy and me

  7. Hi Y'all,

    Thanks for visitin'. Love the pictures of Sandy...wow! could she and I have some fun together!

    Love your blog too.

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  8. As we rotties sometimes say, "my prey drive is my co-pilot..." Great exercise session!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  9. Too much fun! Nothing like a dog to remind you of the important things in life, eh?

    The weather has been oddly mild here as well. It makes me nervous... But I am happy to enjoy it while it lasts - if only it wasn't so rainy.

  10. A happy, entertained, lively doggie = happy humans

  11. She's a beauty! What a great idea to help get rid of that stored up energy.

    Delilah was in my face as soon as I got home last night wanting me to play with her. But then when I threw her toy, she wouldn't fetch it. :-(

  12. Those are some SUPER great pictures! Sandy's an awful good juggler. And I also very much like how she can make a ball float in the air just by looking at it. My mom and dad keep trying to gets me interested in balls but I kinda don't get it. But I'm glad Sandy likes them so much!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  13. Sandy looks like she could make just about anything be fun! You got some really cute shots of her.

  14. hey Sandy,

    Nice to meet you! Thank you for sniffing your way over to my blog and pawing such a nice Comment! I love meeting new pups and you sure are a beauty! Such pawsome photos! And you look like you were having a blast! Balls can be lots of fun, and a game of ball at night is even more fun! :->


  15. Oh how I miss those young hyper, endless energy days! Sandy looks SO MUCH like my Shmoops when he was young!


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