Doggy MacGuyver

Doggy MacGuyverOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/100 sec
ISO 400

While I applaud your ability to improvise and manage to sleep absolutely anywhere, Phillip, seriously.  There are pillows around, just grab one and use that.  The leg of that Ikea chair doesn’t look all that comfortable.

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What’s The Mat-ter?

What's The Mat-ter?

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/500 sec
ISO 200

So Phillip does this thing that is simultaneously adorable and a little annoying.  Golden Retrievers are very smart, you see, and he’s learned that if he picks up random objects in his mouth, Humans will come running towards him.  I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s a really fun game, so he does it whenever he feels like he’s not getting enough attention.  Sometimes it’s a stuffed toy, sometimes it’s a mat (as above), but usually it’s a shoe.  I’m pretty sure that this is some sort of accidental form of classical conditioning that he’s wisely learned over his years on Earth.

Except.. I just can’t shake the feeling that he’s Pavlov and we’re his dogs, not the other way around:

Okay Humans, whenever I pick something up, you come running.  Reeeady…. GO!

Magic water thing? Oh Yay!

Magic water thing?Yay Fresh water!

 

Phillip here does have a few water bowls scattered around the place – one of which is placed under this water tap.  He’s a very smart dog though, and he’s figured out that the water in his bowl comes from the tap.  On warmer days, he’ll do this thing where he trots up to the tap, stares at it, and wonders why nothing’s coming out of it.  Then he stares at you:  “You. Human. Fix this.”

 

It’s the most adorable thing in the world, especially since he just looks so happy drinking fresh tap water.

OH HI WHAT’S THAT?!

OH HI WHAT'S THATPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/5000 sec

So Phillip seemed like he was getting restless, so we took him for a walk to the local park.  Alternatively, Tiff seemed to think he needed some more intellectual stimulation.  As soon as I pulled out my camera to try and take some pictures, his interest piqued!  It’s not as if he hasn’t seen my camera before, so maybe he was feeling like a bit of a poser that day.

Wednesday Hump Day

Hump DayOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/100 sec
ISO 200

Isn’t it the weekend yet?  Being a dog is hard work.  I have to wake up early enough to greet my humans and see them off to work and so that I can eat breakfast with them.  They get grumpy if I don’t do that.  And then I keep an eye (and a nose!) out in the afternoon to watch for them to come home.  Then I have to play with them for a while before we can eat.

This is tough.  I think I’ll just go to sleep now.

Isn’t it the weekend yet?

Home Is On Top of a Dog House

Where Phillip LivesLumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/500 sec
ISO 200

Everyone’s favourite beagle (hint: it’s Snoopy) once said that home is on top of a dog house.  Now, Phillip doesn’t have the agility (nor the energy, frankly) to get on top of his dog house, but he does have one!  He doesn’t really go in there except for the colder months – I guess you could call him a free-range dog?  Actually, being a fully grown golden retriever, he barely fits inside anymore anyway.

I noticed some of the fantastic submissions on Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness challenges had started using a small hint of colour to really enhance their monochrome photos.  I only just figured out how to do that in Lightroom, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Just Being Nosey

Just Being NoseySMC Pentax 50mm (adapted)
f/1.4
1/250 sec
ISO 250

I just realised that it’s been a while since Phillip’s been featured on my blog.  That is a travesty that I’m here to fix today!

This was among the earlier photos I took when I started experimenting with adapted lenses.  I needed a subject that was both interesting and immobile and, well… these are two very good ways to describe Phillip.  He is one of the laziest dogs you’ll ever meet.  You can literally scooch him along the ground and he won’t even react.  I wonder what he thinks of us sometimes.