Woodbridge Land Trust

Before, After, and After


Since I was going through the same routine so often, I started posing the dogs each time. The photo post isn’t just an opportunity to take a picture. It’s also an opportunity to practice that all-important skill, the stay. In a semi-controlled environment (a familiar field with no other dogs or people), it’s a great opportunity to test them with a few distractions but nothing too tempting.

Ojo, as you can see, does beautifully.

(Left to right: Comet, Ojo, Ajax)

I really do enjoy snapping photos just as I give them the “OK.” You get the silliest expressions.

Since we head through the same field on our way back, I thought an “after” photo was in order. It’s coincidence that they sat in almost the same configuration.

And the requisite “OK!” photo.

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Catch Up


I’m writing this entry and the next few from a few months’ distance. I fell behind a bit, but now I’m making a little project out of catching up. I certainly have the pictures.

I spent July taking the dogs all over the place, but we consistently returned to our favorite river spot. Since there’s a field on the road’s side of the river, it was a nice spot to fetch for a few minutes and dry out the wet dogs before we returned to the car.

(Left to right: Comet, Ajax, Ojo)

Seconds after the last photo, Jax caught up to Comet and I caught him in the midst of a very bratty body check and muzzle bite. Comet will sometimes outrun or outfake Jax in the ground game, but Jax is a fierce competitor too.

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What There's Time For


The walks are starting to blur together, particularly the ones at our standby loop on a local town land trust. Fetch in the field, swim in the river, hike the loop, swim in the river, fetch in the field again, back in the car.


All times become each time, as if we took a hike for weeks and weeks, circling back to the same spot with no breaks and no loss of charm in the repetition.


I’ve had some time to practice taking photos of the ubiquitous damselflies. I thought this one was sufficiently artsy to be included.

Damselfly identification is a huge pain. This one may be the same species I’ve photographed before in Vermont, a Black-winged Damselfly or Ebony Jewelwing. The female Calopteryx maculata has a white spot at the tip of the wing. Her wings tend to be less dark too, but in this photo, that’s not particularly helpful.

I’m still working on acquiring the knowledge of all three hundred or so birds who spend at least part of the year in New England, but once I’m done, if there’s still time left over, maybe I’ll move on and learn about all hundred and fifty odonates.

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Routine


Yet another post-sit-stay photo, this one taken more like a second after the release, rather than just a fraction of one.

Ojo’s really getting into our routine, and the regular swims may be making him shinier. That or possibly the high fat food and the fish oil supplements I’ve been plying him with.

(Left to right: Comet, Ojo, Ajax)

And, another sit-stay after walking the loop and swimming in the river. I’ve been able to take the dogs on a crazy number of big outings this summer, and it’s satisfying to see them so tired and happy.

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He Ain't Bitey, He's My Brother

Comet has always loved being chased, and from Jax’s earliest days with us, Comet has taught him to love to chase. The arrival of Ojo has allowed Jax to add some serious chasee skills to those already developed chaser skills.

Jax has the best ball-spotting abilities of the three when it gets lost in the grass. Comet often gets there first, but Jax usually gets it if they don’t quite see where it rests.


Ojo gets it his share of times, and he can lead Jax on a merry chase.

The shot below needed to be blown up for full effect. Even when Jax gets it, everybody has fun on the way back.


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