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"Maggie: English Springer Spaniel, field breeding"

"Maggie: English Springer Spaniel, field breeding"

Busy, busy, busy. I missed sharing one of my photo shoot sneak peeks with you — I’ll pop a post in for that missing photo shoot in a few days. In the meantime, I did get that journal entry written about being careful if posting photos of children to photo sharing sites. I’m going to warn you now, it’s incredibly frank and you’ll see how strongly I feel about the practice. I’ll publish it here tomorrow. I also have some uplifting news about an organization I recently learned of and have just been accepted into — I’ll share that with you in the next day or two as well.

This gal is nearly 11 years old, trim and fit, with a tenderness as soft as a newborn babe. This was taken at the very end of the day, just as the last sliver of golden sun was about to settle and sigh beneath the horizon. I captured her basking in the last rays of the golden hour just in the nick of time. For those who are familiar with the other type of English Springer Spaniel, both types (field breeding and show breeding) are purebred and registered as the same breed. I’m not as keen on the show lines because they have been bred for outward appearance: those droopy eyes, long flowing coat, heavier bone & body, longer and thicker ears, and so on. The field lines breed for intelligence, stamina, moderate coat (so it doesn’t get all tangled in the bushes), tight skin around the eyes (so they aren’t prone to injury or catching dust/burrs), and maintaining that nice sleek body so necessary for working in the fields and for swimming.

Another reason my dogs are not fat is because they are not fed carbohydrates (no commercial dog food). (If only I was so disciplined ­čÖé ) They are fed a species-appropriate diet and receive daily exercise. If anyone is ever interested in more information, I can direct you to some credible information (both on the web plus in books) about feeding the way ┬ánature intended.

Dogs Naturally is Diane’s Canine Blog (mostly archives at the moment)


Diane is an on-location lifestyle photographer in Alberta using natural light. She’ll take photos of you, your family, pets & livestock, or hobbies and activities. Visit Diane Schuller Photographs.

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Jennifer - August 13, 2009 - 6:09 pm

Aww! Very sweet dog!

Pat - August 14, 2009 - 11:45 am

Hi Diane
I clicked on your name from Junie Moon’s blog. I was very interested in what you wrote above about sharing children’s photographs online, as I have a little baby grandson and had excitedly put photos of him up on my blog when he was born and the times I have visited him. Now I have second thoughts about that, and feel sad I have to be worried about predators. I was even reluctant to leave a comment on that post as I didn’t want anyone with bad intent who found that post through a google search to follow me back to my blog link.
I thank you for all your information and I’ll be more cautious in the future.

Your photography is fabulous! I’ve enjoyed scrolling through to look at it! You certainly have a gift.

Regards, Pat

Jean M Fogle - August 14, 2009 - 3:14 pm

Nice pic of your girl, my girl eats raw and is happy for it!She is 12 , very fit and always ready to go hunting!

Candace - August 15, 2009 - 3:25 am

Your dogs are so beautiful and fluffy. Such detail in these portraits (this day’s and the next day’s).