Dogs at Play

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.

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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.

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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.

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That’s Charley getting some love through the fence much to Marley’s displeasure.

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Threesomes are not only allowed, they are encouraged.

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Sometimes you just wonder what they are thinking.

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Mixing colors is fun.

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And then there are the puppies. Who doesn’t love puppies? I mean someone else’s puppies. Of course.

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9 Comments

  1. So thrilled to see Charley having the opportunity to play, be a kid, and be re-parented by HB and you!!

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    1. It never ceases to be a thrill for us as well.

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  2. sargentmt

    Great blog write up. I don’t think I want to get between Yule and Scrappy when they are playing.

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    1. Thank you. Staying out of the middle is a wise policy. Yule was much more tolerant of scrappy than the reverse. I have to make sure Scrap doesn’t think he can mount every dog.

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  3. Cindy Towne

    Wow, you got some awesome action shots there Rob. Love to see the dogs playing and so happy. And the puppies – so sweet. Great work!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. I’m glad you like them.

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  4. Susan

    Ditto 🙂

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  5. You make me smile…thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. You are very kind.

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