There are a few things we look for but the main thing for me is a nice big garden where the dogs can run and I can take photos of them. As soon as I let Bruno and Butters out of the car the phrase I found myself repeating for the whole week came out of my mouth … BUTTERS, DON’T BREAK HIM!
Back when I signed up for these timewasters I bought a bunch of fleece to make jackets for them. I don’t know what made me think I’d have time to foster four puppies, run a business and craft dog vests! They were long long gone by the time I got sick of looking at the pile of fabric and decided to make vests for my own two knuckleheads. Do I make them to sell? Hell no I do not! It’ll be a cold day in hell before I decide to undertake another dog vest sewing project!
The hoodies are from The Sophisticated Pet. Much better made than mine and they cost a lot less than the time I invested in my ones! Bruno wears an XL and I bought Butters an XXL. He kept ending up with his arm out the neck hole when he was sleeping so it has been gifted to one of his superfans. I’ll buy him a custom one, the correct size, next Winter.
Some photos I took while waiting for Dave to wake up and come for a walk. I’m sure the owner won’t mind that we broke a couple of the house rules for the sake of art.
On the drive home we stopped off at one of my favourite photo locations. Unfortunately the wind was 35kmph and there were a motherload of tourists (aka distractions) there. I only took a handful of photos before we packed up and continued on our journey.
Butters recall is less than stellar when we’re out and about but in this situation, where’s he’s put somewhere and told to stay until released, he’s pretty bloody excellent. Dave had dropped my camera bag not long before our holiday and even though Canon had checked to make sure everything was still working properly I still wanted to put it to the test. I was very pleased that my brand new body and lens combo didn’t miss a beat.
The video below is all the photos from one running sequence, it holds focus at a shallow depth of field for every shot. Even when Butters’ slobber tries to confuse the auto-focus system! haha
You can view in HD if you click on the cog wheel icon.
All these photos were taken with my pro gear but when we went for family outings I only brought my phone. If you want to see more from our trip you can do so on the @ruthlessratpack Instagram (scroll back to mid-August).
Everyone always asks where we stayed when we go on holidays with the dogs so for anyone wondering, here’s the link:
It has a great big garden and the bed was very comfortable. It’s less than a minute walk to Culburra Beach and the owner was very pleasant to deal with. The garden is secure but there’s a small area down the back where the fence is only waist high and there are a couple of territorial blockheads in the neighbouring property, so when they were outside it wasn’t very relaxing. I also got savaged by mosquitoes any time I stepped out the back door, so we probably won’t stay there again. Our quest to find the perfect Culburra holiday house continues!
You’ll probably notice that Bruno has a shaved belly. He was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor recently and just before our holiday the specialist vet did ultrasounds and X-rays to see if the cancer had spread to his organs. Thankfully it hadn’t. Bruno started chemo the day after we got home and he’s been doing well. We’re feeling quite positive about things and don’t think this will be our last family holiday together.