Not technically brilliant (ok so out of focus!) but wanted to post a shot as a follow on from yesterday from the same session.
During the last few months I was not so active on EPZ due to spending a lot of time looking for a rescue dog. I had almost given up finding one that would be suitable, and although I wasn't keen on a puppy, I went to see one in foster. I was all ready to pop the pup in the back of the car to bring home... then this little chap gave me 'the look', and I had to turn round and say, 'er well actually I've changed my mind, can I have this one instead?'.
He was rescued as a stray from Ireland - they have a much bigger problem with strays over there and a much higher percentage of dogs end up being destroyed than in the UK.
It has been heartbreaking scouring the rescue pages for a dog - there are cases of neglect and abandonment, and downright cruelty, that are impossible to avoid, and I have the utmost respect for those that work in rescue - I couldn't stomach it. Although none of us would knowingly buy into the trade of indiscriminate puppy farming and backyard breeding where profit is more important than the animal, you only have to see the 'excess litters', discarded breeding bitches and abandoned older or ill dogs out there to realise how carelessly some people treat their pets. I don't agree with over-sentimentality, or anthropomorphisation, - just respect. Oh, and neutering! (cover your ears dog, you've got that to look forward to next week!)