When I watch new mama dogs with puppies, I’m struck by their instinctual tenderness while caring for their newborns.
Bliss, 9-weeks-old, taking her place in her family of hunting retrievers.
We recently brought home our newest puppy addition. This past weekend, I got to thinking of when she has pups. She’ll have to wait until she passes important health clearances and has proven herself as a hunting dog and family companion, so it’ll be at least two years before she becomes a mom.
I personally know many of the “Mamas” on her dam’s side.
I think Bliss will do them proud. I hope you enjoy this gallery of some of the mama retrievers in her lineage. Just click an image to open a larger view.
1989 – Great-great-great-Granddam, Kate, 6-months-old, after a pheasant hunt with Bo. (great-great-great-grandsire)
Timing, timing, timing…anyone who’s a photo shooter knows how important timing is. Years ago, I only shot manual cameras without an auto-winder and my shot timing benefitted from the experience. Fast forward to today, there’s no film advance lever on modern digital SLR cameras. (I’m not so sure the younger generation knows what a film advance lever is.) We have single shot and continuous modes. I find that with continuous shooting, I just start shooting…and miss that fine tuned finesse of catching just the right shot.
Here’s a reference photo that missed the mark.The water splashed up, right before Sailor locked his gaze in on the retrieve. I was hoping for the lock. The next shot has the lock, but not the dynamic splash.
Solution, an artist interpretation of the not so right shot. Thus was the beginning of the Making a Splash series of Sailor.
Here’s the process to the final piece of Making a Splash part 1.
The cloud cover last night prevented a moon shot, so I went out in the early morning light and was distracted by the boys. Why is it that when the camera comes out, these boys flash a smile? At least the moon made it into a reflection.
Young Kinta is almost 11 months old. Next month, he goes home to his forever home with his family in Japan.
I can’t believe this week marks six months since Sailor came into our home. He blossoms a little more each day.
Saturday Night Kintaro of Akiyama just completed his first AKC Junior Hunt Test on Friday, June 13. Kinta was born on the 13th day of the 9th month of the year 2013. Kinta became the youngest dog in the hunt test when dog number 13 scratched from the test and did not compete.
The best part of the day was Kinta successfully earning a qualifying score. Congratulations Kintaro! I hope you enjoy Kinta’s photos. Just click images to enlarge or see slide show.
Noriko, Kinta’s owner, captures video.
Kinta is wide-eyed. This is his first event experience.
Tim and Kinta wait for their turn.
Kinta’s second land retrieve.
Kinta’s first retrieve.
First water retrieve.
Tim and Kinta watch the final mark of the day.
Kinta crosses water, land, water, land, water, and finally land for the final bird. A difficult retrieve for a young dog,
Kinta returns with his final retrieve.
Success! Kinta earns his first JH qualifier. L-R: Noriko, Mary, Tim – Kinta with his ribbon.