a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: The Dog Project

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Dog Project

SUMMARY: Lovin' my dogs through photography

Note: I first posted about this on Facebook on October 9:
When my Merle Girls departed abruptly, together, last spring, it tore me apart. I have been aware that, since then, I have given my two Boy Beasties far less than their due, and it has much to do with them being here and the others not. One of my recent and ongoing steps towards aligning my spirit with what my brain knows, that these, too, are wonderful dogs, is to take lots of lots of lots of photos of them, doing all the things that dogs do, and more--their bodies, their expressions, their emotions, their activities. I want to really focus (no pun) on *seeing* them.

Not sure where I'm going to have an official project page--maybe on my photo site, maybe just occasional posts here when I get around to it. Not sure whether I'll get all the previous ones posted here or there or just leave them on Facebook. Too many decisions all at once.

But here are recent ones, taken in the week since I came back from vacation (which I'll likely post about someday, you know, like I always do, meaning maybe never).

Chip has his eye on thangs.

Zorro loves his Flat Ball. Up close and snuggy wuggy with the handle.

Nose. Whiskers. The essential dog elements.

Zorro loves his Flat Ball. Oh--did I mention that he has several, in different doggie designer colors?

Iz hard life be me.

Renter got a new quilt while Human Mom was on vacation. Chip was delighted to let Human Mom know that he had inherited theRenter's old one. He's a happy quilt camper, particularly since Zorro has preempted all the other binkies in the house.


  1. Really nice "day in the life" doggy photos!!

    1. Thanks. Trying to be creative is challenging after so many dogs and so many photos.

  2. Your Chip looks like he could be the brother of my girl, Indy. I rescued her in Los Angeles after my GSD died of cancer; I told the dear lady at the rescue to look out for another German Shepherd for me. She said she had "a light one" coming in from San Bernadino who had been found wandering in the desert and she'd save her for me to foster. I knew she was a Malinois from the moment I saw her, but lighter than I ever knew a Mal could be. Who breeds these really light (also called gray) Malinois?

    1. I've not seen any Mals this light, but I don't pay much attention to any of them unless they're doing dog agility anyway. :-) Some people, including a Mal owner, have suggested that Chip could be part Mal, but I'm not convinced. Still--who knows! I love the Big Yellow Dogs, official breed: "Finchester Yellow." Heh. http://dogblog.finchester.org/search?q=finchester+yellow (The first one, Amber, was half GSD and half Golden Retriever; I knew her parents. I always liked GSDs, too.)

  3. Aww, they are beautiful dogs!