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No photo session is complete without a dog in action

    white and black dog running through tall yellow grass at Turnbull Wildlife refuge

    This is going to be short and sweet.

    I (finally?) contracted COVID and it’s hitting me like a bag of bricks. I can’t believe I’ve avoided it for so long.

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I’d rather work with dogs who don’t like to sit still during their photo shoots.

    I’m a big fan of The Power Pose.

    But lately, especially after trading up to a Nikon Z9 mirrorless system, I’m loving a dog in action.

    Bella isn’t much of a runner

    She likes to amble.

    I can get her to run in the backyard if I have some super stinky, extra delicious treats in my hand but Bella seems to prefer taking her time.

    She’s very observant of her surroundings, which isn’t at all surprising with a livestock guardian dog.

    Or maybe she’s just trying to teach me to slow down.

    Here she is on the mean streets of Leavenworth, Washington, last week:

    Maremma sheepdog walking down street of Leavenworth, Washington
    Bella in Leavenworth

    She took her sweet time on this little stroll.

    Running around

    When I get to see dogs being dogs, I’m in my element.

    I even wonder some time if they might be a little annoyed when they’re forced to sit still. I mean, I was never good at it either. I always have to be doing something.

    Check out Nyjah, a young Malinois, in full bolt to chase down her favorite ball:

    Malinois dog in action running toward ball
    Nyjah on a free run at Hauser Lake

    Or Lada enjoying a day at Riverfront Park:

    pitbull running at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane

    How much fun are these dogs having?

    A wheelchair dog in action

    Even my superpowered dogs can get in on the fun.

    Here’s sweet Grandma Holly, a boxer with degenerative myelopathy, having her best day at Plantes Ferry.

    All around the circle

    That’s it for me this week. I’m going back to bed now.

    You can check out some more dogs in action with the pet photographers blog circle. Start with Toronto pet photographer Terri Jankelow of Terri J Photography capturing photos of dogs in action.

    At the end of Terri’s post, click the next link in the circle and keep doing that until you get back here to more than one dog in action around Spokane and North Idaho.

    That’s when you know you’re home.

    Right where you belong.


    Dogs. Adventure. Outdoors. These words set Angela's heart afire. Angela Schneider, an award-winning writer and dog photographer, documents the story of you and your dog and the adventures you take together. Your portraits will be a statement piece in your home, art that will make your friends and family beg to hear its story.

    7 thoughts on “No photo session is complete without a dog in action”

    1. Ugh, sorry about the Covid. Hope you’re feeling better and symptom-free soon.

      I’m so with you on the power pose! But wait, also with you on the Z9 and the action!

      Feel better!

    2. I hope you’re feeling better Angela! I’ve seen Bella in action, you know. lol. Her Zoomies do not last long but, boy, is she funny!
      Great post this week! The dog in the wheelchair gave me warm fuzzies. We have the best job!

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