Photographing dogs at play can be a most excellent treat for a photographer. You get to capture interesting expressions and attitudes. But you have to expect fewer keepers and be willing to move quickly.
Some dogs surprise you. I’ve written about Yule, a dog many volunteers never expected to be able to play nicely with other dogs. Turns out he sees play as a contact sport but has a soft mouth to keep things safe.
Play can also be therapeutic for some dogs. Charley was drugged because he behaved like … a puppy. To be fair, he also ate a sock — surgery required — and developed a taste for rocks. But once we weaned him off the meds and let him be a puppy he was able to start his journey to becoming a normal dog.
That’s Charley getting some love through the fence much to Marley’s displeasure.
Threesomes are not only allowed, they are encouraged.
Sometimes you just wonder what they are thinking.
Mixing colors is fun.
And then there are the puppies. Who doesn’t love puppies? I mean someone else’s puppies. Of course.