Friday, 15 November 2013



Bruno and Dexter are 6-month-old brothers, bred from a working line of German Shepherds. At this age they are incredibly active, playful and somewhat destructive (they ate the curtains!) but their owners are teaching them — quite successfully — to be polite: no jumping on the visitors, no crotch-sniffing, no begging at the dinner table and so on.
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Bertie’s backyard perambulations

Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Bertie the house rabbit having a bit of garden time.

Bertie the house rabbit having a bit of garden time. (05 May 2013)

It’s not particularly easy to photograph Bertie because his eyes are sensitive to light: he only likes to be in the backyard as the sun is rising or setting. This means low light and slow speeds. Contrast may be fairly poor (deep shade) or overly intense (dappled sunlight).
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Happy first birthday, Bertie

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bertie shakes the dew off his ears and face (04 March 2013)

Here’s Bertie, in a photo taken a day before his official birthday. His actual date of birth is unknown, because he was found wandering on the street one day in May last year and handed in to the local vet. My curiosity was my undoing: one of the vet techs called me, I went over to have a look — and shortly thereafter returned home with a very small bunny in a pet carrier.

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Catching 7-Up

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

As I was driving home from work yesterday I saw a small black animal cross the road. Cat, right? There were lots of black cats in the neighbourhood. But it had a funny gait for a cat. Cats wouldn’t lollop, would they? And they wouldn’t have floppy ears. Maybe it was a rabbit. But rabbits didn’t belong in the middle of the road. So I pulled up and went over to have a closer look.

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Sitting up with Sooty

Sunday, 6 June 2010


When I went to check the rabbits before going to sleep last night I found Sooty stretched out uncomfortably in the litter box. The first thing I thought was “uh oh”; the second was “bladder infection”.

She was shivering. She strained to urinate from time to time. Her position and facial expression was strained. She fidgeted in an attempt to get comfortable. She pressed her abdomen against the floor of the litter box.

Her ears were also cold, but that was to be expected in the run-up to winter in an unheated house.

At 2200hrs there was no access to the local vet. The choices open to me were an emergency after-hours vet or a bottle of a rabbit-friendly antibiotic (often used to treat bladder infections) which happened to be sitting in my fridge. I opted for the latter.

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Dogs at play

Saturday, 17 October 2009
Nina Bella and Spike

Nina Bella and Spike

These lovely, sweet-tempered dogs belong to friends (hereinafter referred to as R&F to protect their privacy).

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Mouse upon a time

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Some years ago I kept mice as pets. They were lovely, affectionate creatures — but oh so fragile and short-lived. None of them lasted for more than one and a half years, and apart from Nugget who died of a respiratory infection all the others had to be put down to spare them from a ugly death by cancer. Here’s part of their legacy.

Sleepy time

Sleepy time

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