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Dogs of Wehrspann Part 2

I’m aware of 4 dog runs in the Omaha area. That’s nearly not enough considering how many dogs are in the city. I frequent the dog run at Lake Wehrspann. It is the biggest and the most diverse. Papillion has a dog run at Walnut creek but it is adjacent to an over sized mud hole which get extremely stinky in hot weather. Dogs need to run in order to get the proper amount of exercise. A walk on  a leash just doesn’t cut it.

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Some of the dogs are young and can’t be trusted so they end up at leashes at the dog run.

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The dog above is 13 but he doesn’t look it.

IMG_2472 IMG_2480Black is the favorite dog color. Many of the black dogs are labs or lab mixes. The lab is the most popular dog in the country.

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There’s an eagle nested next to the dog run. Small dogs need to stay close to their owners.

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This is a neat looking Beagle. He looks so proud!

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Gee, its a lot of fun to run!

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This is the largest dog at the park. He’s a Newfoundland mix and weighs well over 100 ibs. He had a brother that passed away several months ago.

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This is a white German Shepherd pup. Many people don’t realize that German Shepherd’s can be white.

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Vizla’s are a friendly hunting breed that are becoming more popular.

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This Springer’s name is Brodie. He looks a lot like my Springer, Cosmo.

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The little guys enjoy running to.

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The two pictures above are of Brittany’s. Most Brittany’s are the white and tan color. My Brittany, Tbone is much darker and many people mistake him for a Springer.

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Reggie is a Springer.

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Another white German Shepherd.

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An unusual colored Cocker Spaniel.

Hundreds of dogs enjoy running at the various dog parks. It’s a joy to watch these dogs have a good time. All photos were taken with a canon SL-1 the smallest DSLR and a Tamron 18-270 lens.

Dogs of Wehrspan I

During the last 30 days I’ve taken some photos of the dogs that frequent the dog run at Lake Wehrspann near Chalco Hills. These are quick snapshots taken with a Canon SL1. The dogs are there to run and have fun so you can imagine that they probably don’t stay still for portraits. The pictures are a record and not meant to be fancy photos. A good portrait of a dog needs to be taken in a studio where light control and the dogs position can be manipulated. It’s much easier to get a photo with the ears up when the canine has fewer distractions.

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This dog is deaf

This dog is deaf

This dog is under one year old and responds well to hand signals. The dog vest with “deaf dog” is there in case the dog gets away from the owners.

13.5 year old Springer Spaniel

13.5 year old Springer Spaniel

This is Cosmo. He is a 13 1/2 year old Springer Spaniel. He has an arthritic shoulder and limps because of it. He still enjoys his walks

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The Brittany in this photo belongs to me. He is the “Forrest Gump” of Wehrspann since he get into lots of the photos. He feels compelled to greet every dog at the park and ends up in many of the photos.

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Some people run their dogs on the dam. They are required to leash those animals. The dog run allows the dogs to run free.

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This little guy is one of the most photogenic at the park and he is a real regular at the park.

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Tbone is a Brittany. This breed needs a minimum of one hour of good exercise a day. He gets a morning walk and another one in the afternoon.IMG_2301 IMG_2302 IMG_2304b IMG_2307 Untitled-1bb

This big guy is really laid back and a little easier to get a photo of. I used a Canon SL1 at the park with a Tamron 18-270 lens. This is a handy lens to photograph dogs. The autofocus is a little slow for fast moving animals however. I chose the camera because it is very light and I have a lens with a broad zoom range that fits on it. To get truly sharp photos with fast moving dogs one would probably need a pro body or at least a Canon 5d mark III combined with a stabilized Canon L glass lens such as a 70-200. Such a combo is quite heavy compared to the SL1 and would be tiring to carry around.

This is group one of the dogs I photographed. There will be more to come in future posts.

Canine tribute continued……………Make prints of those important memories!

Springer Spaniel pupppies

Springer Spaniel puppies

In 2002 I had a client contact me about photographing some Springer Spaniel puppies with their baby. They said they had 8 pups and I recommended that they bring in only 3 so it would be easier to work with them. I mentioned I was l looking for a Springer because Guido my exisiting Springer was ten years old and slowing down as a hunter. We made a deal and I traded $300 worth of photos for Cosmo. He’s the dog on the right side.

Cosmo 10 weeks

Cosmo 10 weeks

Cosmo as a pup

Cosmo as a pup

Cosmo was always photogenic. He had these big eyes that would just grab you. As a pup he was extremely playful and after a day of photographing high school seniors I would play tug a war and ball for hours at a time.

Cosmo and his frisbee

Cosmo and his frisbee

Cosmo with frisbee

Cosmo with frisbee

Springer with frisbee

Springer with frisbee

We used totake  many walks at the park where Cosmo was known as the dog with the frisbee in his mouth. He carried it everywhere.

Cosmo with ball

Cosmo with ball

Cosmo also had his favorite ball to play with in the house. He loved to play tug of war with it.

Cosmo after successful hunt

Cosmo after successful hunt

I introduced Cosmo to hunting when he was only 4 months old. He hunted along side Guido and mostly played during the first year out. He was quickly acclimated to gun fire as I took him down to the gun range and let him hear the shotgunners practicing. He never flinched. The above photo was taken when he was one year and four months old. He caught on to hunting very quick and aided me in a number of pheasant limits.

Cosmo and me after hunt

Cosmo and me after hunt

One thanksgiving my wife Carmen came along while Cosmo and I hunted. We had been married for over 20 years and this was the first time she ever went along. Of course she took the picture which I cherish because I can’t get a picture like this on my own.

Cosmo and me South Dakota

Cosmo and me South Dakota

We hunted South Dakota every year. Unfortunately Cosmo got cut by barbed wire on this trip and I had to cut the hunt short by a day.

Cosmo, me, and grouse

Cosmo, me, and grouse

I used to get a grouse permit for the eastern part of the state. You received 3 tags and were allowed to take 3 birds for the season. On this occasion I got 2 grouse with one shot.

Pheasants Winnebago Indian Reservation

Pheasants Winnebago Indian                    Reservation

We used to hunt the Indian reservation. On this occasion Cosmo flushed 10 roosters one at a time out of a creek area. I shot poorly but managed to get my limit.

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Cosmo flushing pheasants

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On rare occasions bird hunting was so good I would get my limit early and then photograph Cosmo flushing birds. The first photo was taken on the Indian reservation. I got my limit in a half an hour that morning. In 2011 South Dakota was crawling with pheasants and I had some real opportunities for photographing Cosmo at work.

Cosmo with and without haircut

Cosmo with and without haircut

During warm weather Cosmo gets a haircut. Since he has an affinity for water I is much easier to clean him up after a walk. He’s never seen a puddle he didn’t like.

 

Cosmo's retirement hunt

Cosmo’s retirement hunt

This is Cosmo’s South Dakota retirement hunt. He is 12 years and 4 months at this point. Tbone had hurt himself the previous day and I benched him, hunting only with Cosmo. Although slower than Tbone , Cosmo hunted well that day. He did a good job flushing birds and helped retrieve every bird I shot. The old boy still had it in him.IMG_2278

Cosmos Nebraska retirement hunt

Cosmos Nebraska retirement hunt

We had our final hunt of 2014 in Tekamah Ne.  Cosmo did well considering Tbone covers twice the territory because of his youth.

Cosmo 12 years 6 months

Cosmo 12 years 6 months

Cosmo is slowing down but he still likes to carry his frisbee around and play tug of war with his ball. It is hard to see a dog get old. I will truly miss him when he’s gone. Cosmo is the last of 6 Springers that I’ve owned. It is the end of a dynasty.

Tbone- my Brittany

Tbone- my Brittany

During the summer of 2014 I decided to get another dog. It was that, or quit hunting in a year. I had contacted Springer rescue and jumped through all their hoops, which included several interviews as well as paperwork, to get an adult Springer. I was accepted as an applicant but found at the time only out of state dogs were available. On a whim I checked the dog posts on Craigslist. I couldn’t believe it someone listed a Springer. It was a young dog and the owner was in Onawa, IA. The drive was about 70 miles, so Carmen and I went there to check out the dog. Tbone is a very dark brown and because of his color I thought he was a young Springer, who hadn’t filled out yet. He was terribly underweight, tipping the scales at 34 lbs. The seller wanted $75 for him. I was very concerned about his weight and said I would probably have some vet bills with him. The seller dropped the price to $35 so I decided to take a chance. And boy did I get a deal! I just didn’t know it yet.

Brittany on the run

Tbone on the run

I took Tbone to the vet. There was nothing wrong with him. He needed shots which I was aware of but no health problems. I took about 6 months and I had his weight up to 42 lbs. The first thing I noticed with Tbone is that he liked to range more than a Springer.

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pheasant hunting

pheasant hunting

I took Tbone along to South Dakota for a hunt even though I didn’t know the dog very well.  I’d only had him 2 weeks and he hadn’t ever hunted where there was a good pheasant population. I did fit him with a shock collar to keep him honest. We got into a field that was thick with birds and all hell broke loose with birds flushing all over. Tbone went ape shit  and chased flying birds well over a block and a half. The shock collar wasn’t working and I was scared I would lose him.

I had decided too put him in his cage and just hunt Cosmo and had already left the dog behind when I noticed that the sending unit for the shock collar was set on the wrong frequency. I corrected the problem, left Tbone out of the cage and started hunting again. After a few shocks when he got too far ahead he settled down and hunted well, even retrieving several birds. His style of hunting was a lot different than Cosmo’s but I chalked that up to inexperience.IMG_1608

I took him hunting up to Tekamah with several other hunters and I noticed Tbone seemed to be pointing at times. This is not typical with Springers. When I got home I started googling Brittany images and saw several Brittanies that were a dark liver color. Tbone was a Brittany not a Springer.

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In his second year of hunting Tbone matured into an excellent hunter. He is whistle trained and has done a good job of pointing and retrieving birds. I believe he may be one of my best hunting dogs. I did get a good deal!IMG_9388

 

Photographs are important memories. Take as many as you can and make prints of the ones that are the most important to you. Many of the pictures on this post are also in print form. Your computer will die some day. Don’t lose those precious memories, make prints.