“Ryder border collie lab mix 3 yrs”, my notes say. He seems kind of small for that combination, but he does look a lot like those two breeds, so maybe he was just a little one.
My notes also say that the reason he’s looking a little less than happy is that he had a hot spot and his mom wasn’t letting him itch.
It’s okay, guy. You’ll be able to scratch again soon!
It’s Verna! We first met her when she was just a (hilariously cute) puppy close to four years ago, and then when she was all grown up (but still hilariously cute) two years ago. Her dad says he thinks she’s part Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, both because she kind of has that look and because she loves swimming and attracts all the ducks. (Which, after all, is what duck tollers were bred for. AKA ‘My toller brings all the ducks to the yard, and they’re like, ‘quack quack quack quack quack’.) I can totally see it… the fur looks quite similar, including the white patch on the chest. He suspects she’s mixed with chow, and/or possibly some kind of shepherd, so we’ll just say that. Because I like having two obscure chow mixes in a row, so why not?
Funny, I caught her doing this when she was a puppy too. She must be an itchy dog.
Verna has blossomed into a self-confident, playful, happy, and very curious dog.
Look at that glorious tail.
There’s that amazing smile.
Verna runs alongside dad’s bike. No leash to get caught, she’s just incredibly well-trained and obedient.
I would totally follow Verna home.
I just ran into Gus today, but I absolutely adored him, and so, when I found myself offloading the pictures from my phone for an unrelated reason, I decided that I just had to post him.
He’s 13 years old, he’s an utter sweetheart, and he loves everybody (and two other people stopped to pet him while I was standing there, so it looks like everybody loves him, too). Plus, the pictures don’t quite do him justice… what he looks like is nothing so much as a perfect photographic negative of a samoyed. (And I ran one of my samoyed pictures through a negative-creator, so I know whereof I speak.)
He has a very, very dark blue tongue.
I probably shouldn’t use up all my corgi pictures in one go, but these pictures caught my imagination, so oh well.
Look at that patient expression. She must’ve been out there for quite a while.
The little white stripe up the nose makes a little heart on the forehead. So cute.
Got a little side-eye going on there.
This one could be a model. So pretty!
Look at that fluffy butt.
Another guessing game. The eyes are really throwing me off, because red-shouldered hawks are supposed to have brown eyes, but I think the pupils are just huge in the dim light.
I’m pretty sure he (she?) was not entirely happy with me.
Pipa took some time out of her busy day to come say hello to me.
Pipa looks a surprising amount like Tidus. Including the amazing haunches.
Gentle leaders really do look like muzzles sometimes. Weird.
Another thing that looks like Tidus: the hilariously expressive ears.
Distinctive coloration. I think this one is going to schnauze most excellently.
Not quite five months old in these pictures.
I really think he’d make a great spokesman for Bay Area Bike Share. He totally seems into it.
Madison! Madison was four months old in these pictures, and she was an amazing bundle of energy and inquisitiveness. Alas, almost all my pictures ended up completely blown out (her white fur just looks like a blank hole in the picture), which is what happens when you take pictures of white dogs in the sun in July. But I don’t care, because the TWO nose shots came out great.
Edit: Madison is actually a girl, because of course she is. Because it says ‘female’ right next to her name in my notes. And I am a silly person who does not read his notes!
Madison was totally into the photography. But really, I think she’s up for just about anything.
She was certainly fascinated by the camera.
I’ve been tempted to put peanut oil on my camera to get more nose shots.