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Scuba Dooby Doo: Amazing photos of the dogs who love to play fetch underwater

This is what you call the underwater doggy paddle.

Photographer Seth Casteel watched a series of pets diving into the water – many chasing a ball – and the result is lost of gnashers, bubbles and some incredible photographs.

Catch the ball: Photographer Seth Casteel specialises in lifestyle pet photography, 'embracing the at-ease mentality of pets on location in the natural surroundings'

Catch the ball: Photographer Seth Casteel specializes in lifestyle pet photography, ’embracing the at-ease mentality of pets on location in the natural surroundings’

Diving deeper: In his work Mr Casteel manages to capture the moment the dogs open their jaws to catch the all-important ball

Diving deeper: In his work Mr Casteel manages to capture the moment the dogs open their jaws to catch the all-important ball

Dedication: He enjoys working with animals whether he's on location in Beverly Hills photographing a pampered pooch or volunteering at the local shelter taking pictures of dogs and cats to give them a better chance of finding forever homes

Dedication: He enjoys working with animals whether he’s on location in Beverly Hills photographing a pampered pooch or volunteering at the local shelter taking pictures of dogs and cats to give them a better chance of finding homes

Based in Los Angeles and Chicago, Mr Casteel’s agency Little Friends specializes in lifestyle pet photography, embracing the ‘at-ease mentality of pets on location in the natural surroundings.

Mr Casteel has worked with a variety of celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Smart, Denise Richards, Perez Hilton and the cast of GLEE.

He enjoys working with animals whether he’s on location in Beverly Hills photographing a pampered pooch or volunteering at the local shelter taking pictures of dogs and cats to give them a better chance of finding homes.

Open wide: Some dogs looked more menacing as they bared their teeth to grab the balls

Open wide: Some dogs looked more menacing as they bared their teeth to grab the balls

Worldwide praise: The series of underwater photos have had a positive reaction after Mr Casteel posted a few of them on Facebook

Worldwide praise: The series of underwater photos have had a positive reaction after Mr. Casteel posted a few of them on Facebook

Some dogs looked more menacing as they bared their teeth to grab the balls, but a few of them don’t even have a ball to chase and just look like they are posing for the shoot.

Some dogs appeared to be better swimmers than others, with a few diving down to the bottom of the pool, while the less adventurous preferred to stay nearer the surface.

The series of underwater photos have had a positive reaction after Mr Casteel posted a few of them on Facebook.

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Duck and dive: Some dogs appeared to be better swimmers than others, with a few diving down to the bottom of the pool, while others preferred to stay nearer the surface

Wet and wild: Depending on the breed of dog, some of the subjects looked more comical in the water than others

Wet and wild: Depending on the breed of dog, some of the subjects looked more comical in the water than others

Source:  MailOnline – h/t to AJ

February 22, 2012 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, pet fun, Pets | , | Leave a comment

The purpose of a dog!

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A  Dog’s Purpose? (from  a 6-year-old)

Get a tissue before reading…

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron , his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane , were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the  family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane  might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him.. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few  minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.  I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.  It has changed the way I try and live..

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued, ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Remember,  if a dog were the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never  pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

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August 20, 2010 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, Just One More Pet, pet fun, Pets | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments