Dawn is excited for a new year and new opportunities to work with K9 Units and Military Working Dogs all across the country. Any working dogs are always welcome to grace the front of her lens as well!
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Held in Saco, Maine on October 14, 15 and 16 2016 the AWMA (Malinois) National Championships. The dog sport, IPO, is a three phase, multiple day competition where tracking (nosework), obedience, and protection abilities are judged.
The weather was cool but gorgeous and the participants worked hard. It was an honor to photograph this intense dog sport where obedience is paramount.
Enjoy my favorite images here::
Simply click on the GET OFFER button below and type in THINBLUELINE at checkout. Limited time offer and stream/download the ENTIRE documentary for free! My images were used throughout the production of this educational movie. Thank you to Irondog K9 for making Tracer, my Malinois, and I a part of the team!
Tracer and I hiked Mt. Major’s Orange trail (aka The Boulder Loop Trail) Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the challenge of this short hike and an AMAZING view at the summit!
Getting there :: I used Waze app on my iPhone and typed in Mt. Major and it gave me the trail head as an option. The drive took a little over an hour and was easy peasy. Plenty of parking and there were 4 port-a-potties in the lot. Keep in mind, we did this hike on a Tuesday morning in the summer so there were fewer people there than will likely be on a weekend during the Summer months.
We encountered some rock climbing, nothing requiring ropes and harnesses, but not for those who aren’t physically fit (including your dogs). This is a great hike for working dogs, my Malinois served as my sherpa with a light and capable pack from Good2Go which we picked up on our way to the hike at a local Petco. I purchased the large Good2Go in Yellow/Green ($29)- Tracer is approximately 75 pounds. I was able to pack one standard size water bottle in each pouch (one on each side), a collapsable dog water/food bowl, a payday bar, trail mix, band-aids, Neosporin, car key, USB/iPhone charging cord, a power pack for my iPhone, id cards, dog treats, and my cell phone. There was a little room for more but I wanted to also keep the pack light for Tracer. I made sure that each side was balanced so it didn’t tilt and sit awkwardly from lack of balance and equally distribute the weight in the pack. Adjustments for size were easy to make and Trace wore it with no problems for his first time with a pack. I should state that prior to this hike, he was used to wearing a working dog harness so that made it an easy transition to a hiking pack for him.
The hike was intense in certain portions and climbing for Trace was easy for him but again, he’s used to climbing rocks and other obstacles. Fit dogs with agile builds and capabilities are best suited for this hiking route up Mt Major.
Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability becomes subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I am standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen. -Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
We reached a wide flat area that had lots of wild blueberries and trees which I thought was the summit.
Video from just before the summit (we thought we had reached the top but had a lil’ further to go yet!) Finally we reached the summit!
Enjoy our review and reach out to the companies who have products that made this hike much more enjoyable!
Good2Go Dog Backpack
Ranger Up (T shirts that say it all!)
E-Collar Technologies (for control off leash and training)
Then I saw the orange trail band markers (paint strips) and we continued to follow those to what was clearly THE SUMMIT. Wide open rock and views upon views upon views! Here is a video of that actual summit – too windy to hear what I’m saying – but you can see how gorgeous the scenery is and the perma-grin on my face is proof positive that we had reached the top ;). The windy warm air offered us a refreshing recharge but makes it hard to hear my summit “commentary”…
I’ll be with the Irondog K9 crew March 2-3, 2016 to create photographs of the amazing team that train. Join us!! Click the training details image below to sign up…
“A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart”-Judy Desmond
Coming September 5th and 6th 2015 at the Topsfield Fair Grounds in Topsfield, MA for Pooch-A-Palooza Sat & Sun 10-4. I’ll have a booth up so stop by and chat! For details and ticket information check out the event website http://www.pooch-a-palooza.org
I am blessed to have the opportunity to show how hard these teams train year round to keep our communities and country safe. Then something else occurred to me – I even get to see and share things that their own families and friends never see. At a recent training, I photographed in Fort AP Hill, Virginia I was on the hip of a special operations soldier who allowed me to document a building search in the dark of night to experience the adrenaline and skills required to find a suspect in a large building with his dog. It was a unique experience to be sure. It was also “just” a training exercise and I witnessed something that even his closest family and friends will never see. To say that this was special doesn’t cover it. It was scary, intense, and inspiring. These soldiers and law enforcement officers go into places with their dogs and it is life or death. They are the real deal heroes and my dream is to continue to bring those stories into the light to show the world how unique and incredibly brave these teams/units are and they do it with humility and strength and dedication…
It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt
To continue to do the work and show these amazing team in photographs I have a Booster campaign where you can purchase a t-shirt and fund the overhead costs of donating my time to photograph these heroes. Go here to purchase your t-shirt today! My goal is to sell 100 t-shirts by August 7th.
With tons of gratitude,
Canines on Duty