September 17, 2011
Two photo shoots were embedded in today's training day.
I was trying to get a group photos featuring several German Shorthairs, but unfortunately, there were only a total of four that day - including Tessa and an 11-week old puppy. The puppy had left by the time we got around to it, but Greta and Tip graciously agreed to be photographed. I never realized how tough it is to get a good dog group photo - one in which they all look their best. As much as these dogs clown around, that's nearly impossible!
The second photo shoot involved getting some good photos of Bart, my friend's three-legged Vizsla, for a possible feature in a dog magazine. Bart lost his left front leg at age 2 to bone cancer, but it has not slowed him down one bit. As soon as he recovered from surgery and treatments, he finished his Senior Hunter title and went on to get his Master Hunter as well. He is now a 5-year survivor which is amazing in itself. An inspiring story for sure!
So today, we took a lot of photos of Bart at work, and as a token of his appreciation, he invited Tessa to join him in the field hunting up quail. He beat her to all but one of them, however, she was able to practice her honoring, which is going well, and at any rate, she benefitted from hunting alongside such an accomplished dog.