Dogstar Thursday – vol. 4

Faster, higher, stronger!

This week, I am going back to one of my many agility photos and am picking one of my favorite obstacles to photograph, the A-frame.


This image was taken in October, 2010, at the Cape Cod Kennel Club AKC agility trial in Falmouth, Massachusetts.  It was a beautiful day with great light and a pretty good breeze, so the dogs were ready to run!

Clearly, this pug had a good head of steam, when cresting the A-frame, which, for this jump height, stands at 5’0″ (apps. 1.52 m).  For a small dog, that is quite a height; if we’d scale this for the average human, it would be 4-5 times as high!  Luckily, these dogs are well-trained and quite used to it, but it is still a feat of courage for them to fly over this A-frame at speed.

Out of curiosity, have any of you run your dogs in agility or other competitions?

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

22 thoughts on “Dogstar Thursday – vol. 4”

  1. What a champion. My dog Harry loves agility and used to be brilliant at it. He’s slowed down quite a lot in his old age though. Now he just likes chasing rabbits.

    1. They do slow down in their old age, but they have so much fun doing agility that I believe it extends their life. Our oldest Cardigan, Darwin is 14-1/2 and likes resting and barking while he is chasing the other dogs; he competed until he was 11 and still would love to go out and do more.

      Please pass my regards on to Harry!

    1. Our first dog, Tonka, was a shelter dog, who never wanted to do anything, but love and protect us. We tried to introduce her to agility, but she had no interest; her obedience was something else entirely, as I inadvertently left her in a down stay in one room, went to another room, only to find her still in her original stay 20 minutes later. She was a wonderful dog, who we still miss.

  2. We raise (not breed) Cocker Spaniels and one of them is a champion jumper (top ten). She is small and feisty and actually did well in all agility events when she was younger. ___ Now the rest of the story: at age three she developed genetic blindness and could only see shadows out of her left eye and nohting out of her right. At age ten she still competes, love it and does quite well even on the walk and the A-frame but can not work away as well as she could. She does it by walking the course (allowed because of her disability) with my daughter once and her sense of smell. Agility is a wonderful sport for a dog who really loves to work.

    By the way, I really love this blog!

    1. Thank you very much for the love!

      Your champion Cocker sounds like many Cockers that I know, as they are nothing, if not feisty and full of fun and joie de vivre! I have had the pleasure to photograph a lot of Cocker Spaniels, both in agility action and in support of a local rescue organization. They are wonderful dogs who all deserve great homes like yours clearly have! It sounds like you have a marvelous family of Cocker Spaniels and enjoy them, as they enjoy being with you.

      Thank you again for reading my blog and the wonderful feedback!

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