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Taiga

August 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Captioned Photo

Border Collie - Taiga
I have had the opportunity of spending a fair bit of time with this dog. She is a classic border collie, nicely mellowed by the years. Tuned in and wonderfully responsive, she is exceptionally attentive to her human companion. On a walk, Taiga is always ready to receive a request and carry it out. Seeking eye contact as she trots along, she looks back over her shoulder; her eyes ask the question, “This way? Is this good? Right!” Her desire for interaction is quite intense; when you’re with her she’s so totally present and observant of every move you make. Deeply satisfying to be with, she is, literally and figuratively, an engaging dog.

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THE GREYHOUND STORY From Hibbing to Everywhere Oscar Schisgall

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Book Reviews, Captioned Photo

While I was researching the topic of sighthounds, greyhounds in particular, I of course searched the library catalogue under subject “greyhound”. There were four hits. Three of them have been reviewed as a trio of books about retired racing greyhounds. This is the fourth.
It is not about dogs. It is about buses. But ever since my interest in greyhounds has been awakened I get a small thrill from seeing the greyhound on the side of a bus. A little smile, oh yes, I think. I know what a greyhound is like and I certainly delight in the visual beauty of one running flat out as portrayed on the side of the bus. Since my reading and researching often seems to be an organic process fueled by free association, curiosity and chance why not read the fourth book ?


‘The Greyhound Story’
documents the growth and development of a very successful business. Founded in 1914 by a Swedish immigrant named Carl Eric Wickman, the bus line expanded its service until in 1939 the figures were presented at the annual stockholder’s meeting indicating that the company’s gross income for the year had been $55,989,765 with a net income of $6,562,802. Greyhound employed, at that point, close to 10,000 people. The history of the company’s expansion, under the direction of several executive officers, is related in great detail. By the mid ’80′s Greyhound had become one of the largest leasing companies in the world. Various international subsidiaries lease aircraft, supply vessels, and oil drilling rigs, among other things.It may be said that the key to the success of Greyhound Corporation has been diversification.

Lady Greyhound

Lady Greyhound

One of the most interesting aspects of this book, as far as I’m concerned, are the photographs of the buses or ‘motor stages’ as they were initially called. Stages because what they replaced were stage coaches! It was not until the 1930s that the now traditional image of the racing greyhound first appeared on the exterior of buses. In 1957 the company introduced a mascot, Lady Greyhound, who attired in a wide rhinestone collar and tiara, made public appearances at various charity events, was named America’s canine symbol by the American Humane Association. And (this is my favourite) she opened the brand new Greyhound terminal in Detroit by biting through a ribbon of dog biscuits! It was reassuring for me to discover that there was an actual dog involved in this story somewhere. “Once, when someone commented that Greyhound’s president ‘worked like a dog,’ his secretary said , ‘But not as hard as the dog.’ ”

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Dale’s Backyard Sunday 9 March 2009

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Captioned Photo, Photo Gallery, Uncategorized


I missed the sunrise this morning due to the fact that my brain got the time change concept but my body did not. Even so, the light was beautiful and warm and it felt like spring. The dog action was pretty laid back; they think its hot. Benny and Asher tried to teach Cleo, the Basenji in the Chilly Dog, to play husky style with some success. But she got cold. Yuki swanned around on the hard snow and everyone respected her space as always. Benny and Steele wrestle but without the intensity of those fiercely cold mornings in the dark.
In this warm gold light Benny looks like exactly what the Ottawa Humane Society said he is “Canadian Eskimo/golden dog”. I think that makes him a village dog. A neighbour who has spent time in Iqualwit told me that there are lots of dogs there that look like Benny. They just hang around. Sometimes people shoot them. There are no veterinarians in the entire territory. [Read more]

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Rasta in the Summer

February 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Captioned Photo

Rasta in the Summer

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Frost on the Front Windows at the Doghouse

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Captioned Photo, On Photography, Photo Gallery

I found a lot to photograph on the front windows at the Doghouse. The frost had created worlds that I could explore with my camera.

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