lure-coursing

"POODLES ARE FROO FROO DOGS!!"

“THEY CAN’T DO ANYTHING!”

“THEY’RE SO BORING!”

“PUFFY LITTLE SHOW DOGS!”

“THEY’RE JUST LAME COUCH POTATOES AND THEY’RE DUMB!”

Poodles are one of the most versatile dog breeds. They were bred to be water retrievers. The “froo froo show cut” that is often seen, actually serves a purpose to cover vital organs and joints to keep them warm in the water, without being too heavy to weigh them down and cause them to sink. The dogs shown here are doing the following: retrieving game (what they were bred for), agility, dock diving, and lure coursing.

Oh, oh! You know what we did while we were gone from tumblr? We went to a LC event. (unofficial one so she could run solo, but still!) My first time as a ‘handler’ so please don’t judge my release technique too harshly. XD

But we’re so ridiculously proud of our sweet little Emmy (Tinniwinnies Hemera Black Lady) grabbing 2nd place in the novice class at Borzoiringens Sydsvenska Mästerskap!!!

This was her second run so she’s a little tired at the end. (She gave us all a good scare on the first run when she caught up with the lure twice and then came and threw herself howling at my feet once she finished. But she wasn’t injured, thankfully, she was just being a very happy drama queen. XD)

I really wish we could do this more often. She was SO happy all day, I can’t even describe it. :3

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There are about 18 months between these two photos of me slipping Michael (Kirov Run Like Hell); his first lure coursing practice and again today, at his first lure coursing test. This time, the huntmaster took longer than either of us expected to give us a “tally-ho!” which is why he’s pulling so hard. Still, he ran absolutely beautifully. Michael has a very smooth and efficient running style that makes him look like pure poetry in motion on the field. Loved and Photographed by Dave Mills.

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Drone footage of whippets lure coursing

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‘Fjodor’ from this post has grown into an athletic young man who enjoys lure coursing. Here he is seen doing a test run at the beginning of a coursing competition in Slovenia in March.