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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 25th August, 2023)

Quarry spotted

Quarry spotted
The dog is a beagle/collie cross, with strong hunting instincts. He caught sight or scent of these two deer in the field below St Marie’s church in Standish as I took him for an evening walk.

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Veronica on 25th August 2023 at 07:47

The dog looks longing to get over there but something is stopping him/her. There’s a lovely mellow light to this scene highlighting the background field.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 25th August 2023 at 08:45

Lovely photo. There is a very peaceful "evening" feel to this scene. That dog is very alert and reminds me so much of the years when I walked our dogs, sadly all gone now.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 25th August 2023 at 09:00

Dogs got better eyes than me, I would have rode straight past them.

Comment by: Maureen on 25th August 2023 at 09:14

Some years ago when the children were young we went to the Leigh cats and dogs home looking for a puppy..we found one or rather she found us,the girl said she was Labrador come Border Collie but she was all Border Collie..after paying we then went for a ride in the countryside ..and stopped on a grass verge ,this photo so reminds me of her (Bess) she stood exactly like that watching sheep in the distance..it looks so much like her it brought a tear to my eye...she was a brilliant dog.

Comment by: Cyril on 25th August 2023 at 13:38

Well spotted, he/she obviously has got all the instincts from both breeds, and will let you know when something or someone is about David, also you'll also be able see where he/she is when in long grass with the tuft of white hair on the tail tip.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 25th August 2023 at 13:45

That has a nice rural feel, the dog, the fields & the rough track....& the deer of course. I bet he is a lively dog David & keeps you fit !

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 25th August 2023 at 15:33

Maureen we got our first dog Ziggy from Leigh dogs' and cats' home he was only a few months old. He lived to seventeen years.

Comment by: Pat McC on 25th August 2023 at 17:00

Sorry if I appear negative, but the dog should have been on a lead. Having kept sheep for years, the devastation caused by dogs off the leash is horrific. As you say, their hunting instincts are strong.

Comment by: Maureen on 25th August 2023 at 17:13

Irene, when we got there there was loads of puppies in a big play pen,we would walk around it to make our minds up and this puppy kept following us,so she picked us..she was six years old when she first came into season and at the time the word was (falsely) if the dog has a litter she wouldn't get any tumours,well it wasn't so..she had six beautiful pups and was a brilliant mum,I found homes for the all when they were old enough but I'm afraid the old wives tale was wrong ,she did get a tumour and the. Vet at the time said she was too old to operate but nowadays it would be no problem..she was a lovely dog and I miss her to this day.

Comment by: Jembo on 25th August 2023 at 17:50

That's a really nice photo! And it appears to be a realy well behaved dog!

Comment by: Maureen on 25th August 2023 at 19:31

Pat..I wouldn't keep a dog off leash around sheep,I've seen what they can do to the poor sheep,a lot of people ignore the rules of the countryside,and they're still walking their dogs across a field where there are pregnant cows,do they not realise that a cow has the same protective instincts as any other animal.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 25th August 2023 at 21:03

Pat McC, I don't think anyone on p-a-d would consider you "negative"....you are one of the mildest and most fair-minded people on here. Maureen, I am sorry to hear about Bess. We had two dogs besides Ziggy; they were labradors called Merlin and Ben.... All three dogs are "still with me" as I have their ashes. We just have "furry grandsons" now, Wilson and Rudy, who are Miniature Schnauzers, and we look after them when our son is on holiday.....that's enough for us these days!

Comment by: Dave on 25th August 2023 at 21:11

I could eat your sky David and want for more ! Wonderful picture , thank you for posting!

Comment by: Pat McC on 25th August 2023 at 21:54

Thank you Irene and Maureen.

Comment by: Edna on 25th August 2023 at 22:22

This is a lovely photo, and a lovely dog Dave. All dog lovers will love this one.We used to have a Labrador, and now my son has one.You do miss them so much, when their not here!!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 26th August 2023 at 11:58

Sound advice, Pat McC - when walking a dog near livestock....
Thanks for the comments. I was hoping the dog would lift its paw, as it often does when it spots something interesting - but not this time. Sadly, we're back to dogless walks again - he's gone back with his family to the Isle of Man.

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