dogs

Walks

i have been walking a lot in the mountains that surround my parents’ home in the past while. my family all live in stellenbosch and between them they have 4 dogs who need a lot of walking. two are hunting breeds, and so they need double the amount of exercise. since i don’t have dogs of my own and i don’t really get the chance to walk in the mountains in Cape Town… this is what i love doing when i visit.

these pics were all taken with my iPhone unless noted. the ones of the dogs running towards me involves a dangerous game of bending down with the camera at the ready, whistling for them, and then taking the shot before they pummel me over with doggy joy.

Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
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above two photos taken by my brother

Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks

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Man’s Best Friend

i am still as broody for pets as i always have been. we are waiting for the right time (or rather, home) to finally get a dog – and my yearning for one has gotten to the point where i am already naming them. the big dog will be called Coach Taylor, that much i’m sure of. but for now i am resigned to enjoying other people’s pets and looking at pics of animals on the internet. i spent quite a bit of time looking through the vintage photos of owners and their sweet dogs over at Shorpy, so i thought i’d share some of the more interesting shots with you.














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The Silence of Dogs in Cars

The Silence of Dogs in Cars is a project by photographer Martin Usborne. it is as beautiful and striking as it is sad and upsetting… and sometimes, oddly amusing. i have picked my ten favourites below out of the 41 amazing photographs he took for the series. of course no one can describe the project better than Martin himself,

I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside a supermarket, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. The fear I felt was strong: in a child’s mind it is possible to be alone forever.

Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I saw a TV documentary that included footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back.

I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard.

When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. In a sense, I was attempting to go back inside my car, to re-experience what I couldn’t bear as a child. What I didn’t expect was to see so many subtle reactions by the dogs: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected. It was as if upon opening up a box of grey-coloured pencils I was surprised to see so many shades inside.

There is life in the darkest places inside us.

Martin is currently spending a year to see how many animals he can save in 365 days. Read the ongoing blog here. He hopes for this to become his next book.

thanks to Thisispaper for introducing me to his work.

all photos by Martin Usborne

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coco

coco is my family’s german short haired pointer, and if you know anything about this breed it’s that they need a lot of exercise. and i mean a lot.

unfortunately for coco it’s been raining quite often & will be for the next few months (ah, love those cape winters)

so inbetween down pours she gets to go for walkies and doesn’t have to look so sad all the time. yay!

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