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July 23, 2012
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Jul 7, 2012, 6:12:46 PM
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Training Day K-9 Unit by TeaPhotography Training Day K-9 Unit by TeaPhotography
Real Heros...
Real heros, such as those trained "to serve and protect" undergo real training.
It takes more than a day, it takes many days,
and it takes returning to basics for maintenance training.

About The Photo...
When my brother and his family were visiting, I was taking them on a nature hike that actually begins just behind the BPD, where, on the other side of the chain link fence, two police officers and a police dog from the K-9 Unit, happened to be training!

I stopped in amazement, and between repeated sets or rounds, I asked if they would mind, if I took some photos, stating that I take the photos of the animals for The Humane Society, and photographing a service dog, would be of high interest to me-
because I didn't know if it would be okay to just stand there and start photographing without permission.

I think it was definitely the right thing to do. They very kindly gave me permission to take photos, and I thank them. :aww:

It was actually not easy at all. I had no control over the place, or the composition, as I had to photograph through a chain link fence. I also did not have that much time, because I did not want to interrupt or be distracting for any length of time.

I took a total of four photos, during the next set or round, and they were so kind to actually "pose" at the end, when I took the fourth and final shot. The police officers actually stopped with the dog holding in this position and looked at the camera with smiles, but in that unexpected moment, I zoomed out a bit to get more of all of them, and one of the links of the fence, though blurred, crossed in front.

Originally I was disappointed by this, as I thought it had been the best photo, if it had not been for that issue, but it's been pointed out by my family members who saw the originals from that day, that this one- one of the three shots of all of them truly "in action" was a better shot, because it's even more authentic. So, I have finally agreed. :aww:

This is dedicated to all service dogs, such as police dogs, fire fighter dogs, and military dogs, for having their lives on the line, alongside their human personnel counterparts, and to the men and women who train them, who also put their lives on the line, as well.

I also dedicate this to medical service dogs- dogs trained to assist those with medical issues that benefit from a trained K-9 companion, and to their trainers as well.

The service, protection, and help that all of these dogs give, as well as their trainers, is just outstanding work!


... Tell me now
What does it take to be number one...

:music: Lyrics, HERE: [link]
:tunes: Music Link HERE: [link]
For me, it's the best song on the "Training Day" Soundtrack.


[ :note: NOTE: Thank you, in advance, for any :+fav:'s I may receive for this image. :thanks: :aww: :rose: I am honoured and grateful that anyone would think well enough to :+fav: it. :nod: So thank you from the bottom of my heart :heart: . I understand if you don't have time to comment, but thank you for any kind comments, too. :aww:
It's important to know this NOW, as I may NOT be able to do individual thank-you's for :+fav:'s, or in case I cannot respond to each comment, either. Thanks for understanding. :thanks:
And, if you just came to view, I appreciate that, too.
:w00t: ]

Respect Tea Photography.
ALL work produced by Tea of Tea Photography is protected, and shall NOT be reproduced, altered, or used in ANY kind of way.
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Sweet-Southern-Rain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Amazing shot! I love to watch Police K-9 dogs do what they do best. I have aunt that works in North Carolina helping to train K-9 dogs but I have never had the privilege of watching her train. (:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, that means a lot to me, because one, it is one of my favourite shots, I've ever had the opportunity to capture, and also because they were so nice to me in providing this opportunity. It was a really awesome experience! :aww:
That is so wonderful about your Aunt!
Maybe one day you'll get to see her help to train them... that would be awesome!

I have seen them come to schools to teach children about them, but they are "working" at the time,
but this was the first time I had ever seen them actually training, myself!
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Nice...."Alpha Dogs" fav...Sheps....:nod:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Mark!
This was an amazing opportunity to photograph this. :aww:
DougNZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Ouch! Great photo and story :D
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
It is really appreciated. :aww:
Brian-B-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic Catch and Sentiment:clap:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww, I truly do appreciate that, dear Brian! :heart:
philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful dedication, Tea, and what a great moment you have captured ;)
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