Spirited Surfer: Badger's Point Break

 

I had the pleasure of photographing this handsome boy, on the beach at West Bay in Dorset recently.

It was a stunning evening, but because it was a shorter-then-normal dog photo session we had to work fast to make the most of the available light. Not an easy task when you're dealing with a breed that's instinctively drawn to water!

 Vue.Dog | Dorset Dog Photography | Dog Photography Session at West Bay beach | Badger | Black Labrador Retriever in the surf

Long daily walks are essential for Labrador Retrievers, preferably with the chance of a swim along the way and like all Labrador Retrievers, if Badger sees any water, he goes nuts and plunges straight in. He has the best of times. A Labrador in water is the happiest of dogs.

 Vue.Dog | Dorset Dog Photography | Dog Photography Session at West Bay beach | Badger | Black Labrador Retriever standing proud
 Vue.Dog | Dorset Dog Photography | Dog Photography Session at West Bay beach | Badger | Black Labrador Retriever close up

It's hard to believe that Badger is nine years old, especially because he’s so puppy-like. Not just in his youthful looks but also his playful nature.

However, at nine years old, this spirited surfer now has to take things a little bit slower then he would like. If he’s over-zealous or stays wet for too long, his poor joints will seize up and moving about the next day can be a bit of struggle until he recovers. Hence the main reason for conducting a shorter photo session.

 Vue.Dog | Dorset Dog Photography | Dog Photography Session at West Bay beach | Badger | Black Labrador Retriever at last light
 Vue.Dog | Dorset Dog Photography | Dog Photography Session at West Bay beach | Badger | Black Labrador Retriever sitting proud
 Vue.Dog | Dorset Dog Photography | Dog Photography Session at West Bay beach | Badger | Black Labrador Retriever looking a bit bored!

So, visits to the beach have to be controlled now to make sure Badger doesn’t over do things and end up suffering. You can see from the last two shots that he didn't really want to go home. Such a shame for a breed that absolutely loves sport and swimming!

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