The theme for Project 52 this week is “Fitness”.
With 13 dogs ranging from highly active young dogs that need a lot of work through to retired, arthritic dogs who are happy to laze around in the sun, all the dogs have different ways of keeping active.
The main way my dogs get fit is just through their day to day work. The majority of my dogs are currently spending their days moving stock and running with the motorbike down the farm which keeps them very fit. This week I got out to our farm near Naike for an afternoon to help my brother muster some bulls into new paddocks. It’s a bit tricky to take the big camera on the bike when we’re working on the hills, but here’s a quick phone shot over Gavin’s shoulder of Nelson the Huntaway and Willa the Heading Dog (and if you look closely you might spot Dash the Kelpie X’s ears in the grass!) shifting some Jerseys. Our home farm is dead flat, so it’s always fun to take the dogs out to the hills at Longridge for a good run! To see more of what we get up to on the farm, check out a Day in the Life of Teddy the Beardie.
For the retired dogs that aren’t working on a daily basis (and as extra fun for those who are) all my dogs at home have lots of fun wandering around the farm playing “chasies” and exploring the long grass.
Here’s Flick (the Border Collie) and Meg (my retired Beardie X Huntaway) going for a run in the front paddock. Meg has arthritis and is slowing down a bit, but these two are still best friends and are never far apart!
And here’s one of my new dogs, Muck (another Beardie X Huntaway!). He and his sister Brooke have been on light exercise for the past couple of weeks as we get their confidence and fitness levels up. They’re clever little working dogs but have had a tough time in their short lives so we are really taking our time to get them settled in and healthy. They are absolutely loving life and it’s cool to see their confidence grow every day.
And of course with agility classes starting next week, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on Teddy’s basic agility skills. I think he’s nailed the jumps – the weaves need a more work though! Many of my other dogs also love playing over the course at home, but none of them are as excited about it as Ted. That smile says it all.
Project 52 is a global blog circle of professional photographers, creating images to suit a set theme each week. Next up, go check out what Barking Lab Studio, New Jersey dog photography created for this weeks theme! Keep clicking your way through the links at the bottom of each post to visit all the other photographers until you get back here.