Thanksgiving Turkeys-Herding Dog Style!

One never knows what you might see going on at a herding trial! Combine humans, dogs, livestock, location, weather and many other factors and surprises are going to happen.  It can definitely be a challenge, but that is what keeps bringing all of us fans back!  Those words have never been so true as when a group of human and dog teams set out to test their skills on a ‘team’ of  Red Bourbon Turkeys!  A course was determined and judges and timers were on hand, as well as a large group of spectators……both human and animal!  Great fun was had by all….I feel quite certain!

The neighbor’s horses were quite facinated!

The Turkeys frequently tried to roost!  The dogs just did not get that!!!

This was a great opportunity to demonstrate special styles!

The course required the teams to get the Turkeys through the Y Shoot!

The Pen was considered successful if all 3 of the Turkeys remained in for even a short period of time!!

There were lots of surprises and flapping actions!

This dog just did not see the point, when there were perfectly good sheep to work on the other side of the fence!

What on earth was wrong with his human anyway?

….and Man even came out of retirement for this experience to show the youngsters just how to herd Turkeys!

…..and then the snow came!

No humans, dogs or turkeys were injured during this fun trial……wellllll, maybe a few human egos….!

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Stay tuned for a video in the very near future!

April 3, 2011 - 4:20 am

Markus - I’m a dog photographer in Australia and I liked these photos a lot, especially the last one. I and my wife live in the Blue Mountains just outside Sydney. We got snow twice last winter but it didn’t stay on the ground.

Glad to have found your blog.

Dancing Dog Photography in Mt. Tabor Park

I have definitely suffered from that syndrome of not taking advantage of amazing and beautiful spots near to home!  I promise to start working on that and treat the Portland, Oregon area as though I am a tourist on vacation.  I feel quite certain that I will discover amazing places!  I am so thankful that I asked a friend at my K9 Nose Work Class for suggestions of great fall color on her side of town for an upcoming photo session!   She was adamant that I check out Mount Tabor Park.  When I contacted my client, Tara, she was very excited about the location as well.  The weather forecasts were rather foreboding, but we decided to power through!

I am always excited when I get to photograph dogs of breeds that I don’t already have in my portfolio.

Let me introduce:

Kodak, a one year old Rat Terrier and ten year old, Jake, a Lab/Dobie mix!

The park offered a variety of backdrops and environments and we did a lot of walking to attempt to take advantage of many of the possibilities, but honestly, we could have spent the day there!  It was a little overcast when we first started, but by the end we had sun and blue skies and none of the rain that had been predicted!  YAY!

The fall colors were amazing and my subjects were very accommodating!

Kodak had to show me his favorite trick!  This should come in handy for agility……great contact Kodak!

Jake is amazingly sweet!  I love his white paws!

Kodak was up for some chase!

Jake was more introspective!

Did I forget to mention that we took a quick trip to another country……?  Not!  That is the Portland, Oregon skyline in the background!

I could not believe that we found this beautiful place to photograph these two beautiful dogs!  It was a wonderful day and I so enjoyed meeting Tara and her two wonderful friends!

November 11, 2010 - 12:26 pm

Claudine Kosier - Beautiful photographs Debbie! Great fall colors-fantastic background in that last image— :)

November 13, 2010 - 2:37 am

Marilyn Trokey - Debbie, your photos are so great!!!! marilyn

November 22, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Amy Gayle Photography - Great shots! Jake is a handsome boy!

March 23, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Brenda Logan - Baytown Pet Photographer - These are so great. I’m glad I came across your blog!

April 6, 2011 - 9:20 pm

Vanessa German of Vanessa G. Photography - Beautiful work as always!