Cuban Dogs Three

This is the last of three posts of 16 dogs in Cuba. Some dogs were beloved family pets and the owners were quite willing to show them off.

Sharpei?

Coddled in Central Havana February 2016

Coddled in Central Havana February 2016

Pug.

Beloved pet. Central Havana February 2016

Beloved pet. Central Havana February 2016

I love this one. I think the dog was blind even though it appears to be looking at me.

Havana Cuba Day 1

Havana Cuba Day 1

I don’t pretend to understand the significance of the doll, but thought it was an interesting juxtaposition with a dog named Gorki.

Gorki - Central Havana February 2016

Gorki – Central Havana February 2016

Okay – what does the cartoon on the left of this picture remind you of? It’s why I took the photo the way I did, but none of my photography tour colleagues agreed with me.

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuban Dogs too

Five more photos, four more dogs…

Some dogs seemed to be street creatures, and others were pampered. Some had license tags, others not. Some seemed to belong to a particular street, this first one was in the middle of a huge plaza in Old Havana.

Havana Cuba Day 1

Havana Cuba Day 1

No collar on this one.

Struttin' - Cuba Day 2

Struttin’ – Cuba Day 2

A collar with a bell.

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

This little guy was about the size of a Chihuahua and he knew he was cute. One of my friends posed him on the box for colour contrast.

At a rest stop half way to Vinales, Cuba

At a rest stop half way from Havana to Vinales, Cuba

At a rest stop half way to Vinales, Cuba

At a rest stop half way from Havana to Vinales

Cuban Dogs

The best book I read in 2016 was Andre Alexis’s 15 Dogs.  It won Canada’s Giller Prize in 2015 and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

I have exactly fifteen dog photos to show you from Cuba. But only five at a time. And of 16 dogs, 2 of which appear twice. Never mind…

These three were lying on a busy sidewalk in touristy Havana

Vladimir and Aparicion - Day 1

Vladimir and Aparicion – Day 1

Vladimir - Havana Cuba Day 1

Vladimir – Havana Cuba Day 1

I took lots of picture of balconies; didn’t even see this dog until I downloaded the photos.

Over the edge - Havana Cuba Day 1

Over the edge – Havana Cuba Day 1

One of my colleagues got several photos of this dog in action, for which he, my colleague, rewarded the owner.

Keeping its owner company - Havana Cuba Day 1

Keeping its owner company – Havana Cuba Day 1

Failed motorcycle shot…

Outside the restaurant door. Havana Cuba Day 1

Outside the restaurant door. Havana Cuba Day 1

iPhriday with Martha the Maremma

Ice Floes going out with the tide

Ice floes going out with the tide

It looks and feels like November. The temperature has been yo-yo-ing between 10 Celsius (50F) and just below zero (Celsius) for about 10 days. We have very little snow left and ice in our tidal river is moving back and forth with the tides.

I needed some air after editing the photos from my first day of the Photo Workshop I attended in Havana. There was a cold damp wind but Martha the Maremma provided some warm company.  This house is one of the typical styles you will find on Prince Edward Island; the dog was sniffing for wildlife under the porch.

Martha at Foxx House.

Martha at Foxx House.

She was waiting to see if another neighbourhood dog was in the car that had just gone by. It was, and so she was off to socialize with it. I turned and went back home.

Ever vigilant.

Ever vigilant.

 

Posted for iPhriday, managed and hosted at Gray Days and Coffee by Lisa. Shot on an iPhone 6. The last picture was zoomed before clicking. Don’t do that. It’s a lot sharper if you crop after.

Dog eyes

I  posted this photo before: in the dead white of last winter for the WordPress photo challenge on symmetry.  I posted other photos of Martha in ‘white dog in snow.’

Martha Drake

Martha Drake

For this week’s photo challenge eye spy Click on the link to see other entries with many variations of eyes spying at you.

I’m going to Ontario for 5 days for my youngest grandchild’s first birthday and a pre-Christmas tradition of making a gingerbread house with the older two.  I may get to post from my iPhone while there.

May your days be merry and bright…

White Dog in Snow

Martha

Martha

I went out today with my camera after a snow flurry – on top of all the other snow we have – and there was Martha, the community dog! She’s a Maremma or Abruzza and keeps the neighbourhood, as well as her home farm, free of coyotes.

We cringe every time she comes here because she is white, and there’s lots of snow, and she has to cross the Trans Canada Highway and walk along it for 200 meters to get here. I’ve included the colour photo of her too, so you can see what she really looks like.

Dirty Dog

Dirty Dog

Benjamin Rowe of Aperture 64 challenged me to post a black and white photo per day (you get two today!) for five days and to challenge five other bloggers to do the same.  (Yeah, chain letters for bloggers…) I usually only post three times a week, so the five posts will take about 10 days, and I’ll name the bloggers on the last day.

Martha

Martha

Every time I tried to focus on Martha’s face she’d put a paw on me to get me to rub her head or belly. I’m surprised I got this shot!

Dirty Dog

Dirty Dog

 

Summer in Prince Edward Island

Yesterday I went with my daughter and two grandchildren to Tea Hill Park on PEI’s south shore, in the Town of Stratford. The little ones played on the playground equipment for a while before we went down to the beach.

Monkey #1

Monkey #1

Monkey #2

Monkey #2

The beach is popular with parents of young children because when the tide is low the beach goes out for a long way.

Not sure why the picnic tables are at an angle under the trees...perhaps they were moved after the cleanup after Tropical Storm Arthur?

Not sure why the picnic tables are at an angle under the trees…perhaps they were moved after the cleanup after Tropical Storm Arthur?

Tea Hill Playground and Beach July 2014

It turns out this beach is also popular with dog owners!

Gone to the dogs.

Gone to the dogs.

There was a sailing race in Charlottetown harbour …. you can just see the sails above the top of the waves.

Tea Hill Playground and Beach July 2014

One man tried clam digging but told me later that the tide wasn’t low enough.

Tea Hill Playground and Beach July 2014

You should come to PEI for a summer vacation!