I have 2 dogs who are the light of my life. Hobi is a 6 year old border collie kelpie cross who came to us as a rescue dog at 1 year of age, already debarked!! Kaylee is a 2 year old pure bred chocolate border collie. They both have very different personalities and since the light is so soft today, I thought I’d try a photo shoot to highlight those personalities. First thing I must say is that neither dog makes a very good model as they keep moving around (and the chronic fatigue syndrome makes it hard for me to get down and up off the ground).
Kaylee is very gentle and loving and submissive and human orientated. She is never more than a few metres from any humans and always approaches adults and kids with her head down so as not to appear threatening. Below she is in her normal position lying on my feet (which made it much more difficult to take the photo!).
Kaylee is a very happy dog who spends much of her time “smiling”. Although it really isn’t a smile, this is her look of contentment.
Her nickname is “fluffy bum” as she’s got such a thick undercoat around her rump and tail. More recently her nickname has turned into “clip clop” as that’s the sound her Waggle booties makes on the tiles. She can’t sneak into the kitchen to eat crumbs off the floor anymore!!
I’m always fascinated by the feathers she has around her ears. They’re a lighter colour than the rest of her chocolate and make a great contrast.
This is Hobi. He is a dog’s dog and all young male dogs seem to adore him because of his leadership. He’s naturally a dominant, energetic, playful boy who always wants to be in the middle of the action. We spent a few years using “Dog Whisperer” techniques on him to get him a bit calmer and submissive to humans. When we first got him he was constantly jumping at head height and trying to nip people’s faces or any other body part. Hobi is much more difficult to photograph as he doesn’t stick so close to humans and wanders off to sniff something interesting.
For some reason, his mouth forms a very distinctive “O” shape when he woofs. He had been debarked when we got him (something that horrified us) and we’re not sure if the debarking has caused his unusual woofing technique.
The next 2 photos highlight the relationship between the 2 dogs. Hobi is definitely oldest and top dog. He very much does what Hobi wants to do regardless of anything else. Kaylee, as the more submissive dog, is always looking to Hobi and is constantly trying to engage him in play. In the second photo, Kaylee might look fearsome but she’s actually jumping up to lick Hobi’s mouth and play bow to him.