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Copyright 2012, Kyle MacKay Rives

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Clear the Way!

Buttercup precedes the trail runners. Sheย needs to be out in front.

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Nikon D5100 f/8 ISO 400 1/250 sec 55-300@86 mm – Autumn 2012

This is usually fine, unless she somehow winds up behind. Since she usually carries a stick, when she attempts to pass the runners, she causes some loud yelling and flat-out-running attempts to evade her scratching stick! Some of the runners find this much more amusing than others ๐Ÿ˜‰

Playing in the Pond!

Finally released from Down-Stay on the pond bank, Zookie and Buttercup celebrate their freedom with a frolic in the pond.

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Nikon D5100 f/5.6 ISO 400 1/500 s Nillor 55-300@55mm – Pet Portrait, Summer 2012

See Zookie’s halo? Evidence that she really is a Good Dog, despite the facial expression that may seem to indicate otherwise!

Loyal Companion

Buttercup is a great dog! She does get worried when her boy is missing. This weekend he and his brother and dad were all off doing Boy Scout activities, leaving Buttercup home with me.

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Nikon D5100 f/4.8 ISO 800 1/250 s Nikkor 55-300@105mm – Pet Portrait, Summer 2012

She kept a close eye on me, and stayed near by, wherever I went. This afforded me several opportunities for nice photos, like this one taken at sunrise Sunday morning.

I wanted to take photos at the pond before the dogs stirred it all up, so she and Zookie were staying on the pond bank, patiently awaiting their turn in the water. When they got in, they had great fun! (photo coming tomorrow)

Conflict in the Woods

At first I was going to leave Buttercup home so I could have a better chance to see wildlife.

I relented and let her come along. We heard snarling and hissing. I wondered what it could be, but Buttercup recognized those hen house raiders from some previous midnight encounters. One went up a tree, while the other tried to hold off the dog.

In this case I actually got the shot thanks to my assistant, Buttercup – and she also served as model ๐Ÿ™‚ Good Girl, Buttercup!

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It’s a Standoff!

Tiger stares at Zookie. Is he daring her to just try and chase him? Or is he measuring the distance between them, estimating her rate of speed, and calculating how long it will take him to get to a tree? Actually, they get along great, and Zookie only chases Tiger if he runs. And he rarely runs.

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On the Left, Zookie. To the Right, Tiger. Autumn - 2010