Saturday, May 12, 2012

2012, Day 133 - Sibling rivalry

It has been a long lovely Saturday.  This morning I walked the dogs and then headed out to the country with Frankie so that he could do a little racing practice.  He keeps looking better and better, his confidence is on the rise and his form is improving.  During the practice he was able to beat out one of the more seasoned runners who is still in his prime.

In the photograph below he is running against his brother Sand.  What is really amazing is that Sand has had no training and is a much more heavily built dog but he and Frankie are very well matched in a straight race.  I suspect when Sand has had a little more training he will outpace Frankie but I feel fairly certain that unless Sand trims down a lot he won't be a match for Frankie on the oval.  There is too much mass to be able to turn efficiently.

I love to watch these dogs run.  They're not as fast as whippets and they may not be as fast as greyhounds but their coats convey such a sense of motion.  These dogs move with such fluid grace that they almost seem to swim through the air.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 70-200/f2.8L IS Mark II
200mm, f6.3, 1/1600 sec @ 320 ISO

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