Sea Urchin

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    Hey there, puny human.... why have you stopped throwing toys for me? Is your arm broken? Did your opposable thumb stop opposing, thereby rendering you incapable of throwing duties?
    What? No!! You are shivering and limping and can barely hold your head up. Rest for a minute...
    I did NOT give you permission to cease the throwing!! I say when I am tired and I. Am. Not. Tired. Unless you are physically incapable, we will continue playing.
    You need to rest. And, what did your last slave die of Barney? I'm not here to do your bidding!
    I do not need rest and the slave died of over-work... And of course humans are here to do dogs' bidding. Why else would you have opposable thumbs, just perfect for door opening, can opening and throwing a ball. Now, two-legged cat - you need to throw the the toy for me.
    Don't you swear at me Barney-dog!!
    Don't insult my stamina by suggesting I'm tired then!
    But Barney, you've been running and swimming for 4 hours... this is mad! Just rest for 10 minutes. Then I'll play! (crosses fingers behind back!)
    No. You lie, you want me to become fat and soft, like you puny humans who sit and "admire the view"...
    Oi!! That's a bit rude Barney. I am not playing with you at all now.
    You disappoint me hooman. Ahh, I spy with my collie eye... tiny-hoomans!! Most excellent, they are easily persuadable. They will do my bidding.
    Barn!!? Come back here! Come ba... Oh, I give up.
    Hey there small puny humans, ahem I mean most gracious and powerful young men... Throw this for me! (Wags tail, squeaks hopefully)
    Much obliged.

    Barney gets annoyed when there's water around, yet his humans spitefully refuse to play!! Even completely exhausted, he was STILL pestering for play. This is his "pitiful face". It's accompanied by squeaking and shivering. Clearly didn't know where to put himself and sulked terribly when I sat away from the water. Started squeaking like an old door than needs oiling and traipsing back and forth between me and the sea. He'd stand a few feet away, just far enough that I couldn't grab him and put a lead on - not that we fight over that sort of thing but I know he knew I was contemplating enforced rest!!

    Finally, he'd turn, hobble back to the sea. Where he'd make his own "fun", (whilst whining pitifully) by sticking his head right under the waves (hence the fur-do!) and finding a large pebble. He'd then painstakingly "rescue" it with his front paws. A few times he picked it up in his mouth, which I think was a ploy for attention - he never normally does that and it resulted in my instant focus - don't want him wrecking teeth! Eventually some small boys were coerced into a game - resulting in speedier hobbling,less pathetic squeaking and an absence of pitiful face! He only succumbed to exhaustion back at the car, which he fell into, before falling straight to sleep... Collies, they're bonkers.
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    1. poca-traça 37 months ago | reply

      Nice set, lovely expression in the first one. Congrats!

    2. 127 Blue Hearts 37 months ago | reply

      Awesome beach photos!

    3. Kirstyxo 37 months ago | reply

      Looks like he had a fantastic day at the beach! Lovely series and congrat's on the explore :)

    4. Vivie327864 37 months ago | reply

      What a great series. I'm sorry the dog is so demanding, though. :)

    5. Bordadorhund 37 months ago | reply

      I like how his eyes match those pretty rocks. what a fun outing.

    6. jasontakesphotos 37 months ago | reply

      aawwwwwww so cute!

      Great title too!!!

    7. Mike & Indy 37 months ago | reply

      Exceptional expression.

    8. NathanaelBC 37 months ago | reply

      Aw come here Barney, I'll ruff you up in a nice big warm fluffy towel!

    9. raccoon-00 37 months ago | reply

      These are all beautiful and fun! shots. I wish he could teach his California cousin how much fun the sea can be. Thanks for making me smile.

    10. judo_dad1953 37 months ago | reply

      Excellent portrait! Thank you!

    11. shutterpoet 37 months ago | reply

      The images are wonderful. You capture the essence of your beautiful dog.

    12. 9DamnedDogs 37 months ago | reply

      Aww soggy pup. He couldn't find a bird to chase on the beach?

    13. Randall Howlett 37 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Thanks for the story. Loved the trip through your dog's mind.

    14. JJFET 35 months ago | reply

      And he looks so innocent too!

    15. duncansalchemist 35 months ago | reply

      Poor pathetic boy. I love the amber glow to his eyes.

    16. talef1 34 months ago | reply

      Nice Shot!

    17. 123ben 34 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot! Love the expression!

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