As a dog photographer it’s inevitable that I share my life with a collection of dogs, meet the team:
Regular visitors to my Facebook page and instagram account will be familiar with some of these faces. I often post pictures of my dogs and Richard the parrot, so I thought it appropriate to formally introduce them and tell you a little bit about them.
Jane is a Ridgeback X Weimaraner and will be 7 years old in September. I got Jane a few weeks after I arrived in South Africa so she’s been with me for the whole of my SA journey so far. Jane is very pretty, but not terribly bright, so she has been nicknamed “The Supermodel”. Jane likes to bark for no reason and sneak onto a bed or a couch for a nap when no one is looking. She thinks playing with toys or chasing balls are activities that are beneath her and she will steal food whenever she can grab an opportunity. I once caught her with her paws up in the worktop helping herself to a Malva Pudding, she just looked at me and carried on.
Dora is my “Soweto Special”. I adopted her from CLAW in March 2011, in fact I saw her on my first ever visit to the CLAW clinic and it was love at first sight. This doggy is a bundle of trouble, she loves to sneak onto a couch, she suffers from terrible jealousy whenever anyone (person or dog) wants to sit near me and she is the reason that none of the other dogs are allowed toys (she will start a fight over a tennis ball). Dora didn’t have a great start in life, she ended up at CLAW after she was hit by a car and had her leg broken, it was 18 months of rehab to get her walking properly again (she still has a bit of a limp) but it was worth every minute. She loves to cuddle and thinks she’s a 30kg lap dog! Like her sister, Jane, she’s partial to stealing food and I have been woken up in the middle of the night numerous times by the rustle of the dog food bag as she’s helping herself to a midnight snack.
Juno came as part of the package with my boyfriend and is a big bundle of love and farts. Juno is quite small for a British Bulldog (she’s about 21kgs on a good day), but more than makes up for her small stature with loud snores and smelly farts. Juno settled in very well with my bunch of reprobates, and I think she enjoys the company of the others, I often find her and Dora snuggled up together. Since I took this photo, Juno has had her right eye removed (she had cherry eye as a puppy which led to complications last year) but she manages perfectly well without it and has no problem when she wants to crash into our legs at full speed.
This little trouble maker is Jeremy, my golden oldie, adopted from Sandton SPCA in 2011. He’s now around 11 years old (he was estimated to be about 6 when I got him) and whilst he’s slowed down in his old age, he’s still full of character. Jeremy likes to sit on laps, any lap, and will do whatever it takes to secure his spot. Once he’s on a lap, he’ll happily pass out as long as he’s wrapped up snug and tight, preferably in a nice pashmina. Jeremy has given me a few health scares in the last couple of years, including two secret retained testicles that have had to be surgically removed and he currently sits with a heart condition that requires daily medication. Despite that, he’s a strong and healthy little guy with the largest collection of dog jerseys you’ve ever seen (he feels the cold, it’s a sympathy ploy).
Hazel is 5kgs of chaos with a yappy bark and a tenacious personality. I adopted Hazel from Ark Animal Rescue in 2012 when she was 8 weeks old and overnight she went from a cute, tiny puppy to a nipping piranha with a penchant for laptop cables (she chewed through 5 of them). Now that Hazel is older and wiser, she has stopped taking out electrical cables and prefers to spend her time sleeping behind the bag of dog food in the kitchen and emitting growls whenever any of the other dogs come past. Jeremy is her favourite friend and she’ll spend hours annoying him by swinging on his aged chin skin and trying to dry hump him.
Meet Richard, 400 grams of naughty. This guy is a rescue, so I have no idea of how old he is, or where he came from (he was brought into a vet as a stray and never claimed). Richard bonded with me straight away, sadly the same can’t be said of my boyfriend, Richard’s mission in life is to rid the house of my BF by any means possible. Richard loves to eat apples, peanut butter on toast, crisps (on rare occasions) and will do whatever he can to get my attention when I’m eating so he can share some of my food. I’d never owned a bird before Richard arrived and he really is a wonderful character, he seems to know when to join in with a conversation (he mimics my laugh at appropriate moments) and there’s never a dull moment when he’s awake.