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Into 2006

By Sus  
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!)

Tags: Pets and captive animals

Voters: nickelstix, geoffrey baker, KathyW and 11 more

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Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
1 Jan 2006 9:15AM
Happy new year all. I used Al Servo on centrepoint focus - is this best for this type of shot? (I've lost focus on many of them, but maybe problem exacerbated by low light levels)

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1 Jan 2006 10:59AM
He's lovely, like you, I cant bear animal cruelty, glad he's finally got a good home :o)
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
1 Jan 2006 12:15PM
Awww! Bless him! He looks so happy, I'm so glad he has a good home now. Don't worry about the "little operation", he won't even realise they've gone when he wakes up next week!!!
This is a cracking shot, you've really captured his exuberance, and I just love those ears.
Al servo is probably the best way to go, I set my camera to speed priority, but it takes 500th sec (at least) to catch my collies on the run! The more light the better, but too much sun and you get burnt out white bits and too dark shadows... Can't win (unless you swap him for a light brown dog!)
Dennie 13 260 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2006 12:42PM
Great idea with yesterdays and todays shot.He does look a happy little dog . very cute. Denise x
MarkT 13 119 2 England
1 Jan 2006 1:17PM
Nice capture and dog.

himel 13 61
1 Jan 2006 10:03PM
Nice pose.....

haana 14 Estonia
1 Jan 2006 10:12PM
dog has a good look. well captured, nice work
Marmot 12
2 Jan 2006 6:10AM
Excellent timing - he looks happy! I'm sure you'll both be happy together! (ps. re. my Peru pic - I know what you mean about food poisoning :o))) Krys
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2006 6:58PM
Awww Sus - looks like hes found a wondefull new home. Your an angel Smile
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
3 Jan 2006 2:23AM
Thanks all. I'm really getting into this continuous shooting/AI Servo malarky - expect more in the future!
angelamary 12 6 England
4 Jan 2006 12:30AM
Like it! Such enthusiasm for life and... everything !! Good plan to have the two shots. Hope you're going to get one of those two-inna-frame to display them! Well caught!
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
4 Jan 2006 9:45AM
very well captured !
phiggy 16 6 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2006 2:29PM
Great capture.

13 Jan 2006 10:03AM
lovely pic, thanks 4 the comment!
User_Removed 13 825 Lithuania
17 Feb 2006 9:37PM
best of luck!
20 Mar 2006 6:07AM
i like this very much

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