Sunday, April 4, 2010

Doggies At Play!

There's so much depressing stuff happening in Ireland at the moment that I felt the need to post something that may bring a smile to your face. Earlier today I was over at my parents-in-laws' house with our demented hound. They have two young Jack Russells, one of whom is a little scamp who had absolutely no fear of this huge boisterous dog chasing him around the garden (the other was a lot more timid, and rarely got involved in the action). It was extremely hard to get good photographs of them at play; they moved so fast, careering around the grass wrestling and playing and mock-biting each other, that getting them in shot was always a challenge (I must have at least two dozen pictures of empty patches of grass with a blurred tail in the top corner!) I tried to choose the pictures that were most representative of the action, rather than the most technically correct. What was interesting to watch was that in the beginning our hound was trying to use his size to dominate the little terrier, but the latter was not to be cowed and towards the end was giving as good as he was getting. All in all, it was a great afternoon's entertainment, and I hope you find the pictures amusing!

4 comments:

Stan said...

Very amusing, and well photographed! Dogs at play are a wonderful thing. Any animals, really, but playing dogs are a common sight that I'll never tire of. And the way they bite without biting is very interesting from a signalling point of view.

A Doubtful Egg said...

They have such incredibly sensitive control over their jaws, and play very roughly, but with an exuberance that's delightful to watch. Towards the end it did get a bit aggressive; our hound was getting a bit tired, and the other two were starting to gang up on him a little bit, so we had to separate them. To see such a friendly dog with teeth bared and hackles up, growling menacingly, is quite a scary sight! (He almost never growls). Glad you like the pics, Stan.

Claudia said...

Great photos! Nice to see the dogs having fun together. In a way, we can't really play with our pets, the way they would want us to sometimes. Your dog is quite a fellow, D.E. He must be a high jumper. That last photo, with the two smaller hounds over him, is a laugh. All he had to do was get up and the other dogs would have been flying away. You could see he just let them do as they pleased. Good boy!

A Doubtful Egg said...

He doesn't jump much, but he sure can run! I've occasionally had to chase him as he went tearing off down the beach when he sees another dog on the horizon that he wants to play with, and been left a wheezing wreck by it... It was indeed great fun to see the doggies at play, and I hope to get them together again soon.