Sunday, July 5, 2009

Blue-eyed Blonde



I had you goin' didn't I? Not quite the blue-eyed blond you had in mind?

This is our new dog, Luci. She's a Spinone. We were introduced to the breed by one of my best friends. Their dog, Bea, is one of the most mild-mannered, gentle dogs I have ever seen. Very social and great with kids.

From Widipedia: The Spinone is a loyal, friendly and alert dog with a close lying, wiry coat. It is an ancient breed that can be traced back to approximately 500 BC. It is often used for hunting, pointing, and retrieving game (HPR), but the intelligent and strong Spinone can be used for practically anything ranging from companions to assistance dogs. The name of the breed is pronounced spee-no-neh (singular) and spee-no-nee for plural.

She'll be a big dog when she is fully-grown -- 50-60 lbs.

We still miss Olive.....but we think she would approve.




Javier said...

Of course Olive would approve! Dogs are great friends, and your new one is really lovely! Mine is called "Millie" short for Miracle, because she was found in the streets almost dead by a friend of my mom's who cured her in time. Then we took her in and now she's my favourite dog ever!

chemist said...


A semi-technical question for you: Yesterday I visited a public park in Downtown Houston to capture a few photos of folks enjoying their Fourth of July. I managed to snap one photo of some children frolicking in the water. [I only wished I could have done the same to help me cool off!] After I captured this photo (you will see it in my blog posting from yesterday), a security guard approached me and told me not to take any more pictures since I "was not with a family". I guess this is for privacy concerns. I am used to being a bit self conscious when taking pictures in the Middle East but here at home ... well, I sort of resent being asked NOT to photograph something. Still, I understand where kids are concerned. I'd be interested in what a professional photographer like yourself might have to say about any of your recent experiences in taking pictures and then being told not to.

Traveling Chemist

Dan Denardo said...

This is becoming more and more of an issue in the US. In fact, it's an even bigger issue in Europe. Yes, privacy is the issue. Having said that, I believe you are free to photographic in most public venues like this. However, you cannot use the images commercially without a signed "release" from the parents. My experience is that security folks don't really understand the law and they can tend to overstep their bounds as a result. This is a complicated subject that is evolving even as we discuss it. I have also gotten grief from security people for shooting in public venues in the past few years, but in my case, I think it was more "homeland security" thing - not about the citizens. I've learned to circumvent that by obtaining a "property release" in advance of an assignment.

I hope that helps. As I say, it's a moving target and I may not have the most current information.

Jay said...

Dan!! She is precious!

She reminds me of a Cocker Spaniel! --- I couldn't picture this little thing at 50-60 pounds (the size of Luke!) so I did what all inquiring minds do nowadays and I googled a spinone... Wow, what a beautiful breed.

Olive would totally approve!

Dan Denardo said...

Ya know, when it comes right down to it, I guess we're just dog people, Jay. We still miss Olive, but the house has just been too quiet. As much as I like a certain sense of "order", I now know that we miss out on a lot of life, by not having some chaos. I probably didn't say that as elegantly as you would, but you probably know what I mean. Can you image how still your house would be now without Luke? I hope you don't learn that for another 15 years or so.

Carol W said...

She is so cute! Congrats! I love all the pics you posted while I was on vacation.

I also wanted to comment about the question posted here and I am by no means a professional photographer, but a Mom. If I was in a public park and I saw a man taking pictures of my child.....I would freak out. Period. It is just a scary world that we live in.

Dan, I hope you had a nice holiday. I wish I could have taken some pics of the fireworks on Wixom, but my camera would not cooperate. They were great, just the same.

Carol W.

Dan Denardo said...

Carol, you make a good point. That thought occurred to me, too, and I should have mentioned it while answering the question. As a parent I couldn't agree more. As a photographer, I would defuse the situation by asking the parent's permission, give them my contact info, and offer them the resulting files/prints.

Wander to the Wayside said...

Ok, I left another comment asking if this was a spinone, and now I know it is! And how wierd is this ... your Olive was an airedale? We had an airedale named Molly who died five years ago, one of my true soul mates.