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Dogs You May Meet

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 18th 2022
See more dogs than a dog show
If your preferred form of exercise is a walk around your local park or just around your block, you are sure to meet dogs taking their owners for a walk.

Dog walkers.
A family outing.

On my street and park walks for Weekend Notes and exercise, I have met many dogs of pure and of indeterminate breeds.

Mareema sheep dog.
Arthur, a mareema sheep dog.


Hungarian vizla
Hungarian vizla.


Stag hound
Stag hound.

oodles would be the most prolific breed met. Labradoodles, cavapoodles and shihpoodles are just three. I have come to the conclusion that somewhere in Melbourne is a very busy poodle.

ooodle
an ...oodle.

Most dogs are with their owners enjoying a leisurely walk, sometimes alone or with a friend.

pair of dogs.
Walk with a friend.

All dogs met in the street are always friendly and gladly accept a pat or two. I always ask the owners if I can pat them, the dogs I mean. Some just want to pose for my camera.

Dog posing.
Some like to pose.

Some are just plain cute like Polo, the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Another one looked cute until it showed its fangs, but I think it was actually smiling.

King Charles spaniel.
"Polo", the King Charles Cavalier spaniel.

dog showing teeth.
I think he's smiling.

I encountered a British bulldog and two French bulldogs on two walks and I am amazed that French bulldog pups are being sold for up to $4000. That's more than I paid for my first car!

Bull dogs
Bella, the British bulldog and two French bulldogs.

One doggy that advertised that it likes pats was Fergus, peering through a paling fence.

looking dog.
Fergus waiting for a pat.

Dogs seen in front yards usually just stared at me. Some were real posers.

Dogs sitting.
Relaxing dogs.


Staring dogs.
My admirers.

I have been barked at many times in passing and pleased that there was a strong fence between them and me as some of them look decidedly unfriendly. I did meet four dogs that looked like I shouldn't bother them, so I didn't.

Dogs behind fences.
Best place for them.


Mean looking dogs.
Mean looking dogs.

A large fluffy white dog rushed along its driveway stopping well short of me as it had reached the end of its chain. His friend didn't look very friendly either.

Fluffy white dog.
Both should be chained.

Two labradors came running up to their front gate barking but I think they just wanted to say hello. Another labrador thought the grass was greener on the other side of the path.

running labs
I think they were friendly.


Fossicking dog.
The grass is definitely greener on the other side.

Dogs are generally known as dish lickers and many showed off their dish licking utensils.

Dish lickers.
Dish lickers sans dishes.

If you specifically wish to meet a variety of dogs, places like the Eastfield Dog Park on Eastfield Road, Croydon is fenced where both dogs and owners can run free. Many local parks have leash-free areas.

Dog park.
Eastfield Road dog park.

Some of the large off-leash areas have a lake and many dogs like a swim. A lesson learnt is not to stand next to a dog just after they exited the water!

Dogs in water.
Stay clear when they emerge.

Although I didn't test the saying that a dog's bark is worse than their bite when four small dogs rushed to their front fence, although I would call their welcome a yap rather than a bark.

yapping little dogs.
Barking above their weight.

Occasionally you see a doggie in a window and think of the Doris Day song of "How much is that doggie in the window," from the 1950s (well, some of us can remember).

Doggie in the window.
How much?

If you are a dog owner, it pays to have identification on your pooch. Some Sunday markets sell custom made identity collars.

Doggie collars.
Identify your dog.

They are man's best friends and the friendship is mutual.
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I miss having a dog of my own and love meeting up with dogs and their owners when I walk in our local wetlands
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