E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Border Collie and his stick

Border Collie and his stick

This young Border Collie was particularly enthusiastic that I should help him play with a small stick he'd found. My reward was simple, he would lie on the ground, keeping very still, so I could take his picture. I took several.

I met him while I was at the Buckland Rings, which I showed yesterday.

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Border Collie and his stick

This young Border Collie was particularly enthusiastic that I should help him play with a small stick he'd found. My reward was simple, he would lie on the ground, keeping very still, so I could take his picture. I took several.

I met him while I was at the Buckland Rings, which I showed yesterday.

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comments (24)

great capture of a border collie ellie. this is so what they do too.
EJWilkins: It is, and I'm actually very pleased with the picture smile
  • Robs
  • 20 Mar 2007, 03:45
This picture talks by itself! A wonderful dog in "let me play" position and his stick at your feet. I really really love this one, absolutely awesome, my compliments Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thank you, that's a lovely comment smile
Ellie,
There's nothing better than seeing a picture of a dog at play. I love the mood. You can just feel this puppy's emotions. Good shot!
EJWilkins: Thanks Kay
it looks so great, so friendly ... obviously it has only 3 thing in mind : play, play, play
great one Ellie
EJWilkins: Absolutely right smile
Lovely shot Ellie ! Nice capture of her enjoyed look !
EJWilkins: Merci Roland smile
  • Louis
  • 20 Mar 2007, 09:52
This is one mixed-up border collie, my guess it is mixed up with some terrier type like a foxy. I have one of those real border specimens and what a monster. It just never stops playing and loves to dig for crickets on the lawn - size of a hole that he actually dissapears into. And he knows he shouldn't do it, after digging a hole he starts slinking about the place when it sees me.

This is my crazy border collie http://peet.shutterchance.com/photoblog/48948.htm

My grandfather farmed sheep with these collies. I guess that is how one should keep them busy. Up in the northern parts of SA they are bought young and grows up with a herd of game, e.g. impala. They really look well after their charges - until death do you part. Wild part of the country up there.

Your pic captured the waiting stance of a collie very well.
EJWilkins: I thought the same Louis, so I asked the owner what the dog was. They said it's a smooth haired border collie, which has short hair over the whole body. I hadn't realised there were the two types of coat so I ended up looking it up. It looks as if it's right http://www.bordercolliesociety.com/index_breedstandard.htm#coat I've seen them with the tan markings before too. The dog certainly had the temperament and the skill of the breed. wink
  • Raymond
  • Metropolis
  • 20 Mar 2007, 10:39
Awww, I wished I had a tennis-ball to throw for him. He looks like trouble, better keep the sheep in the pen tonight! A very fun looking photograph Ellie, I hope you gave him a bone afterwards too!

- Raymond wink
EJWilkins: It was quite funny really, I was talking to the owner, next moment there was a little stick at my feet! I'll be sure to have something more useful with me next time wink
nice sharpness ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Nicola smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand.
  • 20 Mar 2007, 11:42
Really nice looking dog, but doesn't look to be 100% border collie. Great picture...the face is so sharp the dog image looks alive.
EJWilkins: I thought the same Ray but the owner said it's a smooth haired border collie. I hadn't realised there were the two types of coat and looked it up. It seems about right http://www.bordercolliesociety.com/index_breedstandard.htm#coat
It was a gorgeous looking dog, and with a wonderful temperament too. smile
Awe, that's one very happy looking dog! I like the square framing for this one too smile
EJWilkins: You know? The square frame was purely accidental, but I rather like it too. smile
The way the foreground and b'ground are de-focused concentrates the eye perfectly on his expression. Great!
EJWilkins: Thank you David. I wasn't sure, tried some other focusing as well, but the ones with the eyes in and the rest out were by far the best ... it seemed to show the dog's attention too.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 20 Mar 2007, 15:23
That's a very short haired border collie? Is it a cross?
EJWilkins: Apparently not, according to the owner and this site http://www.bordercolliesociety.com/index_breedstandard.htm#coat I learned something yesterday too smile
  • Mia
  • somewhere over there
  • 20 Mar 2007, 16:18
I love this Ellie smile He looks rather cheeky though!
EJWilkins: Very cheeky, and talking to a complete stranger too wink
lui, il est très mignon!
EJWilkins: Ah, merci beaucoup smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 Mar 2007, 17:37
This is priceless, Ellie! He is soooo ready to pounce on you if you don't toss that stick. So glad he was patient long enough...and do I assume correctly that you did toss the stick? smile
EJWilkins: The stick shrunk and ended up only about three inches long, so I found a better one before we parted company. smile The dog (might have been female, I didn't notice) encouraged me to play by putting the stick right at my feet!
Lovely shot! He seems to say "play with me".smile
EJWilkins: ... and I did too! wink
An excellent photo that perfectly captures his frolicsome mood and wish for a playmate.
EJWilkins: Thanks, glad you like it smile
This is certainly a day for dog photos. I love how this one has one ear up, ready to move off in an instant as soon as he/she hears or sees anything inviting.
EJWilkins: Part of the Shutterchance 'group-think' perhaps wink I've noticed it happens quite a lot, and more than to be mere coincidence.
  • mal
  • 20 Mar 2007, 21:18
Woof woof, great expression and great portrait El, this is good. mal
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Mal, thanks for the positive encouragement smile
  • Dotun
  • 20 Mar 2007, 21:19
lovely shot Ellie, it was well captured.
EJWilkins: Thank you Dotun, I'm learning smile
  • paul
  • 20 Mar 2007, 21:58
Not sure thats a 'proper' border collie Ellie but its a proper good picture!

We lost our (almost) border collie last year sad this picture reminds me just what we lost
EJWilkins: I thought the same Paul, but the owner said it was a smooth haired border collie, which has short hair over the whole body. I ended up looking it up. It looks as if it's right http://www.bordercolliesociety.com/index_breedstandard.htm#coat
I hope the picture brought you good memories smile
Wow, he is in the middle of its time of games. Him note in the face!
EJWilkins: He was having great fun playing smile
What a gorgeous dog! And I love the story behind this photo.
EJWilkins: I'm glad you like it, thanks smile
  • Ngozi
  • 24 Mar 2007, 04:01
Aaaawww - what a cutie.

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