|My Four Great Dogs|
My current pack consists of four wonderful, rescue dogs. Three of them were Petfinder.com adoptions and the other was a shelter dog being fostered by a friend. Their ages range from about two years to 16 years old. Gremlin is a Miniature Pinscher. Sputnik and Griswold are Rat Terriers. Dilly is probably a Rat Terrier and Italian Greyhound mix. Those hyperlinked names will take you to more photos of each one and their stories.
We live in Ventura, California where these lucky dogs get to run off-leash every day on the beach and at different parks and school yards. They accompany me on all my roadtrips when I take photos for the main part of this website, RoadsideArchitecture.com.
For about ten years, I competed in agility with my dogs. I'm not competing in the sport at this point. However, I still spend lots of time training my dogs. Each of them knows dozens of tricks. This video shows them in action.
Every Saturday morning, I treat the dogs to a full-out run at a soccer field chasing a remote control racecar (see photos at the bottom of this page). The car can do about 35 mph on grass. The dogs get completely tuckered out after about 20 minutes of chasing the car. I let them catch it every five minutes or so. The tires are subjected to a three-way, tug-of-war. Nik used to chase the car despite being blind. He could hear the motor and it was great exercise for him. But now his hearing has gone wonky and he can't tell direction. So, after the young'uns run, I spend some quality time with him and his ball.
The dogs also enjoy chasing above ground "prey". My friend took this video of my dogs chasing and barking at his drone.
|in our hometown of Ventura, CA
first photo, left to right: Griz, Grem, Dilly & Nik
Los Fresnos, TX
|St. Joseph Academy
"Fighting Bloodhound" mascot
|hanging out at Pep Boys
Fort Worth, TX
|waiting for the "okay"
release to jump out of the van
Corpus Christi, TX
|with the Giant Peanut
|Dilly with Lioness
Bailey Junior High School
|running, sniffing, munching & rolling
Corpus Christi, TX
|they never get tired of the racecar
Ventura, CA [photos taken by Harper Point]