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There are a bunch of us who get together every week during the AKC and HRC hunt test season to put our dogs through their paces, and I always bring a camera along with our usual truckload of dogs.I don't always get a chance to take pictures, but I always bring one. Everyone in attendance gets involved, trading places to operate the equipment and keep the gunner stations supplied, and everyone waits their turn to run their dogs. The dogs are always eager and excited, and have to be taught to wait patiently and quietly or else the whole day would be a cacophonous, chaotic ordeal. This young woman, a client of our friend and fellow dog trainer Keith's, consistently brought her husband's very young and talented dog to these sessions, and together they successfully passed the series of tests necessary to achieve the Junior Hunter certificate over the summer months. Near the end of the season, I saw the two of them standing in the grass stubble waiting for their turn at the line, and captured the scene. While this isn't the be-all and end-all of images, and loses a ton of atmosphere without the background noise of agricultural equipment and sprinklers, the dust stirred up by the dogs running at top speed and the trudging of handlers' feet , the impatient whining of excited dogs, the sweaty, muggy heat of the day and the dry wind that blew through it, I found this cool pair pleasing simply because I know their story and appreciate the training and dedication that this image represents, and thought I would share it. I was tempted to categorize it under Sports because these are sporting dogs performing in their field of specialty, or under people because my friend Janet is included, but I put it under Animals, since training days are all about the dogs.

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