Sun 30-Dec-12 07:48 PM | edited Mon 31-Dec-12 03:59 AM by jrp
My elder grandson missed his dog; Braun, leader of our guard dogs.
According to the watchman, he left late at night in hot pursue of a gorgeous female passing by. Braun came back at first light to die in our front garden in my wife's arms. He had been run over by a speeding car.
Our dogs howled for three consecutive nights. I joined them myself once.
That was three years ago, so long before Christmas I asked my grandson what he thought would be best: a Nikon D800 for his grandfather or a puppy for him, as if I needed to ask.
His vote was for the D800. I suspect he knew I would force him into a joint decision for a new dog. So arrangements were made months ago for us to pick him up at customs this morning.
Mon 31-Dec-12 02:56 AM | edited Mon 31-Dec-12 03:49 AM by jrp
Thank you, Jim
My first dogs were for my children, as soon as they were ready for the responsibility of tending for and training of their dogs. Only as an adult I had my own and went as far as building a kennel. It was a precious experience. Now it is the right time for Andrik to educate his very own.
Several serious studies have concluded that children, aged ten to twelve who had animals "had more empathy towards others and higher self-esteem." "Pets also help children to reduce their own anxiety, tediousness and fear and to develop a better capacity to integrate and to be more focused in school." Richard Parker is destined not just to be his companion but to also become his guard dog; and that will be great.
Glad it worked out for you, losing a pet is very difficult, but it appears that a new happy face will prevail. Thanks for posting this story as it makes one slow down a bit to appreciate the love for family and animals.
As a Velvia film lover I use picture controls to mimic such rendering right on-camera, closest to what my eyes see. I don't have time for post-processing, so my goal is to shoot as close as possible as I would like them printed.
The first image shown above was made with natural light under open shade. No artificial light, not even a speedlight. The second one was done in interiors with A SB-900 and GaryFong Universal Semi-CLOUD flash diffuser looking upwards.
We had the best luck with Deutscher Schäferhund dogs. They can be trained to be fierce protectors and at the same time remain very affectionate and gentle to their assigned master due to their temperament. A large part of the trick is that such master needs to be the one feeding and taking care of him, while they grow up together.
I don't know which is more beautiful in your lovely photo--the boy or the puppy.
You are totally correct about the positive effects of animals on children. My 2 yr old grandson has a large dog who is his great companion, amusement, and guardian. I can already see the wonderful influence on a little boy. We had a wonderful German Shepherd when my children were small, and still miss her.
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You are such a sentimental sap, Ramon, for which I am sure is one of the characteristics that endear you to all who meet you. Now I will have to see Pi! Exif shows d700, so I take it you didn't get the 800?
What a cute pup...sure to keep you all busy. I hope you continue to post photos he grows up!
I have a special place in my heart for the GSD. We foster them for a local GSD rescue and have finally become foster failures this week (we kept the foster dog we were supposed to adopt out) after a few years of fostering.
What wonderful friends to have at home for you and your family, JRP. I had a German Shepherd that lived for 13 years that I bought when he was 3 months old. He has been gone for at least 22 years now, and I miss him still like it was yesterday. They are terrific companions.
Hope your grandson develops a close relationship with that pup. I imagine he will never forget it.
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A sad story with a great ending (or beginning)... I agree with your theory about children relating with animals they have to tend to ! Living in a Parisian flat, we had cats instead of dogs, and years after I can still confirm the importance of such an education...! Best wishes for all your family, mis mejores deseos para 2013 !!!