Dog Day Afternoon(s) and Mornings and Evenings (and a few stories to tell)

I have a great idea for a mock magazine article I plan to pitch Patrick Kane when he comes this Saturday to Cochrane for his talk, Get Published! Insider Secrets to Shooting for and Working with Magazines. Patrick is a former magazine photo editor and I’ll see if my ‘professional’ pitch for an article can win him over. Will I be able to do things right and land the article, or will my approach be laughable? Come and find out!

Anyway, as a wee hint, I am currently kennel sitting for a friend and am seeing what it is like to be a dog kennel operator for 17 days. Day one involved a dog with explosive diarrhea that plastered the wall and the floor like a bad Jackson Pollock painting. Then the same dog got bit on the paw by another dog and blood gushed like an Iceland geyser over the same walls and floor. Doctor Darwin to the rescue (lucky my first aid is up to date). Another dog tried to bite me because I was the new kid in the kennel (lucky my first aid is up to date).  I dropped the automatic door opener for the gate to the property and busted that important piece of technology (anyone know how to override an electronic gate?) And finally, I accidentally switched off some power source to every garage door in the facility (there are three). That makes it tough to get out the kennel vehicle to pick up dog food and stuff. Day two went a bit smoother until the moose hunter showed up the yard looking to shoot something. I recommended the dog who tried to bite me 😉

So… I think I might have a story idea or two to pitch Patrick. (Oh, and if anyone tells Dave the kennel owner about this, I’ll deny it – “Lies, all lies!”)

My new daily routine for 17 days

©Darwin Wiggett – Guess what the dogs want to do?

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Lou Cragin
    November 14, 2012

    Say hi to Turd for me. Tell the moose hunter to use very little slugs.

  2. Jane Chesebrough
    November 15, 2012

    “like a Jackson Pollock painting” too funny (but not if you had to clean it up) Well someone is happy judging from the look on the lab’s face.

  3. Les Howard
    November 15, 2012

    Hey! that sounds like my plan for the day. Just add an outing to the local conservation area for an extended walk/run (I walk 3 or 4 miles, he runs about 20) to terrorize the local wildlife and you’ve nailed it.

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