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“There’s small choice in rotten apples.”
― William Shakespeare

Buddy has become more well known than I – people come from miles to meet him! Since there have been a fair few inquiries into Buddy’s well-being as I haven’t photographed him for a while – day 201 is devoted entirely to his furry little face.

And, bless him, he put on a bit of a show for the camera. He has got quite adventurous since yesterday afternoon. He came home from a brief walk to find that somebody had replaced Wilson, the dead football. Whilst saddened by the absence of Wilson (who had become no more than a shred of yucky leather) – he immediately sank his teeth into the newcomer. A promotional Rugby Ball from Basingstokes The Breeze radio station. Buddy punctured the ball and scared himself senseless with the hissing that came out of it.

However today, Buddy wasn’t interested in the ball anymore and went on the search for his new acquaintance – an apple. I launched it into the flower bed this morning whilst he wasn’t looking but obviously it must smell appley because he knew where it had gone.

Plus he wasn’t impressed that it had gone, that was for sure. I got dirty looks the whole time, probably partially to do with the camera but also to do with disposing of his playmate. Buddy likes to bounce apples around the living room until they split and he can lick the inside bits. He is a strange dog.

So he searched good and proper, going as far as to stick his head in the flower beds in order to try and reunite himself with the part of him that obviously seemed so lost forever. It wasn’t long before he found what he was looking for…(with new alive wilson in the background!)

Then a strange thing happened. Buddy decided that he would pretend he had never shown any care or interest in the apple, ever. He practically disowned it right there on the steps and struck a haughty pose for the camera.

When I turned my back to pack the camera away though, Buddy snuck a look in and glared at his Apple before leaning forward until his nose touched the top of it. He held it there too, as if posing once more for the camera!

So as you can see, Buddy is very much alive and well. Star is too, but she has become very wise in her old age and decided to spend the morning sleeping. Plus Apples? She’s not bothered.

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Today I managed to get both Buddy and Star into some shots – it was quite a rare occasion! When I got home Star was out of bed and incredibly happy to see me, a big change from the weekend when she’s been very much an old lady. She chased Buddy up the steps into the garden and I got the opportunity to experiment with the high contrast black and white setting on the camera – win win!

It won’t all be about black and white I promise, but on a semi-grey day like today (although very warm!) it worked best with their doggy colouring. Star had a huge smile on her face (or she was hot and thus panting!) which added to the character a bit!

Buddy was his usual self – refusing to look at the camera properly unless I had a biscuit in my hand – bribery works wonders it seems, in the name of Photography of course.

The post today is very brief, as it will also be for the next week or so. I’m preparing to go away next week, and therefore that means organizing my case load so that I can actually have time off! Additionally there are car tyres to sort, essays to write and further reading for future courses to begin – excitement. I’ll need a holiday at the end of it all!

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