Dog on the beach

Oscar ambling along on the beach at Garretstown in Co. Cork. He never liked the beach, there’s just too much dirt and gravel and sand and just plain yuck, but he had a great time that evening. I don’t think Shih-Tzus are the most adventurous of dogs! Compare this picture with an earlier shot before he was groomed. Quite a difference eh?

Under Irish law, dogs should be kept on a lead in public places at all times, and really should not be allowed on a beach but I made sure he did his business before we went anywhere near the sand! He’s so timid he rarely left our side the whole time, and I had the lead in my pocket, just in case.

I spotted a horse in the distance and the hoof marks were visible in the sand, but I was too late to get a shot of the horse and rider this time unfortunately.

This page on Shih Tzus describes Oscar perfectly:

The Shih-Tzu is an alert and spunky little dog. Happy and hardy, endowed with loads of character. They are royally dignified, courageous and sometimes arrogant. This breed does well with polite, careful children. The gentle loyal Shih-Tzu makes friends easily and although obstinate can respond well to consistent patient training. A very alert watch dog, the Shih-Tzu likes to bark, but is usually quiet inside the house. They are stubborn and clever. Shihs can get snappish if they are surprised or peeved. Playful and lively, this affectionate little dog needs to be with people and are generally good with other pets. Some can be difficult to housebreak.


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    Flickr: redart October 28, 2006

    redart has posted a comment:

    great reflection!!

    Dog on the beach

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    Flickr: Moya T October 28, 2006

    Moya T has posted a comment:

    Very cute pooch!!

    Dog on the beach

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    Flickr: Psycrow October 28, 2006

    Psycrow has posted a comment:

    wonderful shot. Love the reflection and composition. It would have been easy to center him. Caught a great mood from him too

    Dog on the beach

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    micki October 28, 2006

    He’s a sweetie!! Good that he gave in to his aprehension and had a little stroll on the shore.

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    Treasa October 28, 2006

    Beautiful reflection Donncha. I love the beach in Garretstown.

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    Donncha October 29, 2006

    Wow, thanks for all the great comments! I also got a fright when I viewed this image on my laptop. The white of Oscar’s fur is all blown out and detail is lost. If that’s the case for you, tone down the brightness on your screen for a moment!

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    sharon stead November 4, 2006

    he’s gorgeous, just like my shih tzu max

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    Flickr: miguev November 5, 2006

    miguev has posted a comment:

    Great shot!

    Dog on the beach

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    Aani July 10, 2007

    He’s a sweetie!! Good that he gave in to his aprehension and had a little stroll on the shore.

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    John@Dog-Breeds-Explained January 24, 2008

    I love the Shih Tzu dog breed, and Oscar is a beauty!

    One of my favourites and Shih Tzu’s are such loyal companions. When you say “he never left our side”, I know exactely what you mean. They really are a fantastic breed of dog.

    I have to say. I personally prefer the Shih Tzu with less of a cut, but it does give Oscar a great looking stance. Thanks for sharing. All the best.

    John Adams

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    Terry Stephens February 21, 2008

    What a great picture and a great breed of dog. so handsome and so expressive, doesn’t he just look like he owns that beach


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    Puppy Websites March 21, 2008

    The reflection in this shot is amazing. The lighting is perfect. Nice job!

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    i order personal checks online May 12, 2008

    Oh boy! This must be another one of your masterpiece! So Oscar’s not the only one with great picture, eh? This one’s seems to enjoy fine time walking by the beach! He cold also be looking great if you can put him on your personalized dog checks.

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    dog breed personal checks May 14, 2008

    Dogs and photos of dogs are way too cute. I have the picture of my Oliver (my German Shepherd) on my personal checks up front and I loved it!

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