It's been several years since I've had a dog in my life. My 16 year old Siamese cat has been my sole companion of late (and frankly, he doesn't mind one bit). Recently I brought home this adorable baby girl! Her name is Maya and she's a Vizsla. In this photo she was just 8 weeks; now she's 3 1/2 months old and 25 pounds of pure awesome puppy love!
I've come to realize not many people recognize Vizslas. They think she's a coon hound (she does have big floppy ears), a Ridgeback (she is similar in color but without the obvious ridge), a Weimaraner or any number of other breeds. Truth is, Vizslas have a lot in common with both Ridgebacks and Weims. I used to have a Ridgeback and I can attest to the similarities. They all have similar builds; Vizslas are the smallest at about 60#, followed by Ridgebacks, then Weims. Vizslas are from Hungary and Weims are from Germany (but Ridgebacks are from Africa). Weims have fully-docked tails, Vizslas just have the tip docked and Ridgebacks have a full tail. They are all fiercely loyal, extremely intelligent, high-energy hunting dogs. But I have to say of all the dogs I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, none come close to this one. I loved my Ridgeback with all my heart and was devastated to leave her with my now ex-wife, but this puppy. This. Puppy. She is something else. She looks at me sometimes and I can see she is thinking. The first time it happened it took me by surprise. I've never had it happen before with any dog. I don't know, maybe others have experienced this, but I hadn't. She's done it a few times now. It's a deep look straight into my eyes with an intense level of concentration. It's surreal and immensely positive-feeling at the same time. She is special and captured my heart from the second I first picked her up in my arms.
Aside from being the awesome puppy she is, I have a new photo subject at my disposal! It's a cruel joke though because it's nearly impossible to capture her sitting still. This puppy photo was easy because she was only active for 10-15 minutes at a time before sleeping for an hour. That didn't last long. So although this photo was taken with my 6D, I tend to photograph her with my Sony A6000 instead because it has a much higher frame rate (11fps). Combine that with a ridiculously high shutter speed and some fast prime lenses and I am nearly guaranteed some good, tack-sharp action shots. Until now my subjects have largely been motionless; having a vivacious little puppy running around has been a great learning experience. Kudos to pet photographers - I don't know how you do it on a regular basis!