This lovely boy is Nike and his father is Frankie's great uncle. He is a very sensitive boy and it really helps when he gets a lot of attention prior to racing, especially if it comes from children. Unfortunately the kids we brought to give him a pep talk were a bit busy playing so I had to do the honors. We had a little pre-race cuddle and while it seemed to help some it wasn't the same so next time Analena and Amarie better bring their A-game so Nike can win.
It's kind of fun that there are so many dogs in my extended canine family (literally) that I get to see frequently :)
Canon 1D X, Canon 70-200/f2.8L IS Mark II with Canon EF Extender 1.4x Mark III
280mm, f5.6, 1/1250 sec @ 640 ISO