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Action Dog And Garden Fun

Today we went into the garden again, because it was planned to meet some other family members that we don’t see regularly. It was my grand-aunt, my grand-uncle, my second cousin and her little daughter. My second cousin did not only come with the daughter but also with her dog. Of course, the meeting was with “Kaffee und Kuchen” again, because this is how we network in the family, and it’s probably the equivalent of the British tea time. I am very sure that I destroyed my calorie balance today but sometimes you have to enjoy life. I say that because I ate two pieces of lemon cake, two pieces of marble cake, one cinnamon bun and later even a currant bun because my grand-aunt convinced me that it would be bad to throw remaining things away (laugh).

After that I was fascinated by the dog of my second cousin. This dog is a bundle of energy, you can’t stop him. This dog did run 4 hours back and forth in the garden, playing with some of us humans and a ball. When nobody could find the ball in the bush, the dog did just steal apples from the ground and demanded from us to throw an apple. When I noticed first that the dog likes to run, I thought it would be great because I still have my issues with action photography. Most of my dog photos are just portraits, that’s because not every dog is a bundle of energy, and apart from that, often my action photos were blurry or not as I like them. But this dog did run 4 hours behind balls or humans with just a few pauses. Perfect to practice action photography. I had my 70-300mm lens attached, wich made it a bit difficult as this is a bit long for taking photos in the garden, but the garden is also not too small. I didn’t edit all photos yet, but I can show you already one that I find good…

Running Dog

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  1. Great stuff, i love this lens a lot, its one of 3 lenses i only have, i tried it before in action shooting “for a quite similar circumstances” but i was in a zoo 😀 and it really did a great job! Looking forward to see the rest of the photos took when you finish editing them! 😉 g.n

    • My Tamron 70-300mm is my most used lens but I just have the Nikon 50mm and 17-105mm as alternative. It also works well for portraits of pets and in general for a lot of things. Sometimes it’s too long or too short, but well, that’s photography 🙂 I’d like to try it in a zoo too, I should do that one day 🙂 In the garden it was a bit hard to try action photography with the dog, because even at 70mm the dog did always almost run out of the frame but I guess I got some good ones anyway 😀

      • By coincidence i posted an article yesterday about animal photography: [LINK REMOVED] before i comment your interesting post, i shooted lots of wild animals but didnt have the chance yet to shoot a “hyper” dog, it should be fun! 😃thanks for sharing the album will take a sharp lookout now! 🙌🏻

    • This is not a purebred dog… my cousin can only guess what is in the mix. She saved the dog from Bulgarian streets, or in other words, she got the dog from a charity in Hamburg that saves street dogs in Southern Europe. The sad story is that the dog was basically terminal ill due to a blood cell disease, and her vet said the dog would only make a year, but now the dog is already one and a half year old and very healthy. She said treatment and drugs did cost a lot of money but it was worth it because now even her vet said that the dog is ok now. I can’t remind what kind of disease she meant, but it had something to do with blood cells but they are ok now. At the time her vet was still pessimistic, my cousin assumed that he wanted to put the dog to sleep to save her costs, but instead she paid a lot of money and as it seems, it was worth it. I was surprised, because I agree, the dog looks healthy and fit, and if she wouldn’t have told it, I wouldn’t have expected that the dog was once very ill.

      • That is a great story. I do admire the dedication of people who take dogs from shelters especially those that are ill and cost them a lot of money for vet fees. In this case your cousin has been amply repaid for her care as this now looks to be a beautiful, healthy, happy dog. I would never have guessed from your photos that it had come so close to death. I was wondering if it had a bit of German Shepherd in the mix with those ears but it’s hard to tell with mixed breed dogs.

        • Same here, I admire such people too. But I guess I am different. I’d pay anything I have if my cat would get a disease and if I can save her by putting all my saved cash on the table. But I am probably less interested to get a shelter pet that costs me a fortune right away due to a disease. I donated to the shelter in the past (maybe you remember, I told you once that my ex girlfriend is collecting pet food donations once in a year and brings it to the shelters)… or I would even help to transport and carry food donations to the shelter… that’s my way to help. But when I hear people help directly by giving an ill creature a home, hoping for health recovery of the pet by investing into the chance, I admire it but I can’t do the same. It would probably be a different story if I would have way too much money.

          I believe in most cases the chance to help is still very little, especially when you hear the particular shelter pet has a very bad disease… In the case of my cousine it’s probably one of those happy endings. But it’s indeed a very good happy end… and she can be proud of what she did but since she is not rich either, it was definitely financially risky.

          I find it difficult too to find out what kind of mixed breed it might be… we tried this with one of our dogs when I was very young, but we had like six presumptions and gave up to riddle 😀

        • Yes it takes a special kind of dedication to invest so much money and time into an animal that may die I don’t know if I could do it either but luckily such people do exist.

        • True. It’s definitely good. I loved her story and said “Hats up!”. But everyone has different ways to help. I remember you were volunteering, that’s a very good thing to do as well and admirably. 🙂

        • A good friend of mine used to foster dogs from shelters temporarily until they were adopted. Now she can’t do that she crochets dog coats for shelter dogs instead.

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