I’m a member of an online network of pet photographers called Beautiful Beasties. Some of the members are doing a Project 52 – one image a week for the entire year. With a different theme each week, this is a fun challenge and a good way to get my own dogs in front of the camera more.
This week the theme is Introductions, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share a little more about me and all of my dogs.
My family and I live on a bull farm in between Hamilton and Morrinsville, New Zealand. With around 2200 bulls passing through our farms every year, we have a large team of dogs to help us with shifting stock. We couldn’t run the farm without them. Currently we have 13 dogs ranging from 1 year old to 13 years old, including four Beardie X Huntaways (Teddy, Meg, Brooke and Muck), two Huntaways (Boss and Nelson), five Heading Dogs (Boss, Flight, Flirt, Patch and Willa), a Kelpie X (Dash) and a Border Collie who thinks she’s a working dog but isn’t really – Flick. Usually I have five or six dogs at home with me including my retirees and personal dogs, and the others work with our brilliant farm staff most of the time, coming home when they need a holiday or some extra training. They all love working on the farm and are always so excited to go out with the motorbikes for the days work. As well as working on the farm, they also love playing over the agility course, running with the motorbike, swimming in the water troughs, doing tricks and going out and about on walks around the Waikato. Having this variety in their lives keeps them happy, and this makes them even better working dogs in my opinion.
Here’s one of my newest boys, Teddy the Beardie out on our evening walk down the farm. In behind him you can see some of my girls – Flick the Border Collie and Flirt and Flight the Heading Dogs preparing to round him up to keep him in line. The boys don’t get away with much with these girls around!
Next up, go check out the work Boston dog photographer, Blue Amrich, has produced for their project 52 this week.