A Dog Named Baloo

February 26, 2017

Baloo brings a bumper back to shore in a sunrise training session at B.K. Leach Conservation Area.

This morning I joined my friend Lynn Schrader for a training session with his two-year-old black lab, Baloo. As you can see from the featured image above, Baloo takes his work very seriously as one would expect from a working dog. My job, on the other hand was pretty simple — just aim a fast lens (Canon 70 – 200 f/2.8) at Baloo’s face on each retrieve and start firing off 12 frames per second.

Each retrieve produced a unique set of facial expressions, ear positions, and splash patterns. What a fun morning!

Baloo brings home a more realistic training aid. Everything came together in this shot down to the perfect head position of the bumper.

A bumper awaits attack by a fervent retriever!

Intensity frozen in motion as Baloo springs up from the wetland with his prize.

After the morning retrieving session, Baloo, Lynn and I took a nice walk around the wetland so Baloo could wind down. As you can see from the image below, Baloo didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to be relaxing. He had his eye on every mallard within 100 meters.

Baloo sets his sights on a live mallard about 50 meters out on the wetland.

It wasn’t long before the morning lost its golden glow so we packed up and headed back to Elsberry for a breakfast of steak, eggs, pancakes and a few other delicious items. I’m sure Baloo persuaded Lynn to give him a special treat as well when they made it back to Troy. After all, he had completed a perfect performance.

Later in the afternoon I talked to Lynn on the phone and let him know that people were really liking the images of Baloo on my Facebook page. Lynn’s observation was astute:  “Well, what’s not to like about a lab.”

Thanks for looking,


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7 comments on “A Dog Named Baloo”

  1. Beautiful animal!!! Great story

    Sent by my I phone


  2. Just looked at these photos on FB…the images are so much better here! -Deepa.

  3. Love these photos. My husband & I had three Labs. 2 Black & one Chocolate at different times. Wonderful retrievers and gentle and loving companions. All have gone now but have wonderful memories to keep forever.

  4. Loved these as I do all your work.

    Tresa McCallie Tresamccallie@gmail.com 423-432-5655 1615 Read Ave Chattanooga, TN 37408

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Looks like a fun day!

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