Thursday, August 20, 2015

Meet Shadow

...another puppy girl. This time a Belgian Shepherd, to be more precise, a Malinois.

Isn't she ever so cute??

There are four types of Belgian Shepherds, the Tervuren, the Groenendael, the Malinois and the Laekenois. In Belgium where the breed originally comes from all four are seen as varieties of one breed, the Belgian Shepherd. In North America though, all four are handled as separate breeds. (1)

" The Malinois is very active and will thrive on lots of regular and varied physical exercise and mental stimulation. Problems arise, though, when this smart, people-oriented dog is underemployed and neglected. Exercise, and plenty of it, preferably side by side with their adored owner. Intelligent and trainable, the Belgian Malinois possesses a strong desire to work and is happiest with regular activity and a job to do." (3) Yup, I think her owner has some work cut out...this little girl was quite energetic, but I have to say, already listened very well!

The US military uses the Malinois for many different tasks. I have even seen images of the White House with Malinois on guard. The SEALs for example train these dogs to parachute, jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo. "In 2010, a canine parachute instructor and his dog Cara set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up — the cruising altitude of transoceanic passenger jets. Both the instructor and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump." (2) Crazy....

I tried my to set up for some more "formal" images, but no chance. Shadow had her own idea what to do with the backdrop...

A fun photo shoot this morning. I hope I will have the opportunity to play more (camera) catch with Shadow in the future.

(1) The Belgian Sheperd

(2) Malinois

(3) AKC Malinois

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