Once upon a time there was a little brindle brat who loved the camera and held the title of most photographed dog in Sydney. Like all supermodels, once he got old he was ruthlessly replaced by a fresh faced youngster (do you see what I did there?!). I foolishly thought that working the camera was like riding a bicycle and not something you ever forget, but I could not have been more wrong on that sunny Saturday afternoon when I cast Chopper in the leading role of my photography adventure. Old greyface will be ten in November and his eagerness to please me is long long gone. He granted me about ten minutes of “broken” stays before his desire for the ball (the precious) was more than either of us could handle for a second longer.

ruthlessphotos_chopper1

ruthlessphotos_chopper2

Lots of dogs will only react to each of my different noisemakers once. If you’re lucky you’ll get a cute head tilt. If you’re really unlucky you’ll get this expression, like a nun who just had her bottom pinched.

ruthlessphotos-flash10

Doing his best Gollum impersonation while waiting for “the precious”.

ruthlessphotos_chopper4

ruthlessphotos_chopper5

Once the sun had gone out of view we packed up and just let Chopper be a dog until it got dark. Watching him run and fetch and swim with so much joie-de-vivre made us remember why we foster-failed the little whingebag all those years ago – he’s a really fun dog to hang out with. As a pet photographer I’m guilty of turning every excursion with my own dogs into a photo shoot. This came as an important reminder to put the camera down occasionally and just enjoy the moment. (Ok, so I shot some video on my iPhone, but that doesn’t count!)

previous post
next post

join the ruthlist for treats galore

sign up to receive all these goodies and much more:

– exclusive quarterly desktop wallpapers
– priority access to model call announcements
– first look at the best places to take your dog
– details of upcoming dog friendly events in Sydney + Canberra

Thank you for signing up! The first of two welcome emails will arrive in your inbox shortly, with the second arriving tomorrow. If you don't get them please check your spam folder and add me to your contacts list so you don't miss any future emails. Subsequent emails will be sent weekly or fortnightly at most. If you ever have any questions just hit reply and I'll get right back to you :)Cheers, Ruth