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Whew that was close!

Several months ago SWMBO decided she wanted a dog ending in a "short detour" of 30 miles or so without telling me why resulting in the acquisition of a retriever pup.
Now 10 months old he is sweet natured but very naughty, among other things running off with precious items to entice you to chase him. Today when a man came to the door wanting to read the meter I put my EM-1 MKII with attached 40-150 Pro on the dining room table while I went to answer the door. I turned round just in time to see him drag the camera by the extended lens hood towards the edge of the table. I am sure the unexpected weight as it went over the edge held only by canine teeth would have pivoted it out of his mouth and smashed it on the brick floor if I had not distracted him with an agonised yell of "No!" while diving across the room rather faster than the average septuagenarian! What a flippin' dog!
He went dancing gaily out of the door into the garden looking for more mischief while I contemplated murder!
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Re: Whew that was close!

Ha - that's dogs for you. Years ago I had a friend who had a dog that one day ate all the wallpaper off the lounge after escaping from the kitchen where she was left for a few hours. They can be fun, but they can create a lot of work.
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Re: Whew that was close!

I'm very careful with dangling straps off the table with my dogs around. The youngest pup has chewed on the corner zip tags on one of my camera bags (nothing too serious), but I would dread seeing my gear go crashing to the floor because I left something there for a dog to grab.
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Re: Whew that was close!

I very carefully made sure there were no dangling straps, indeed the camera was put into the middle of the table. Pesky pooch reached right into the middle of the table and grabbed the camera by the outside of the lens hood.
He enjoyed himself yesterday twice pulling a large rug into the garden to "kill" it and after being relieved of the rug went round removing flower heads.
I am not really doing well in persuading anybody to take him on am I?
My wife insists that I mention that since having to walk him my BP has come under control.She obviously did not measure it when I saw my camera being grabbed by him though!
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Re: Whew that was close!

Our (my son's) red kelpie snatched the left over baked chicken off the bench, but that has to be more tempting than a camera though. The garbage bin is another favourite resource too, if the lid isn't down.
I also have to worry when my 3 year old grandson visits too, because the table cloth gets dragged off the table (well just a little) if he's not careful.

Anyhow, it is a 'heart in the mouth' moment when the camera gear looks like it's going to hit the deck.

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Re: Whew that was close!

My grandchildren of similar ages to yours have not yet done anything.
However I well remember when my eldest son got my camera gear out of the cupboard, took all the lenses out, removed the lens caps before liberally coating everything in raspberry jam. He survived to eventually become father to one of said grandchildren.
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Re: Whew that was close!

Our cockatiel used to love my camera, but he wasn't strong enough to harm it - thank goodness! But he was an absolute wizard at plucking eyebrows..... But watching clips of large parrot antics, I dread to think what a macaw could do to a camera! (Think enormously strong beak, brazil nuts, cracking open...then think plastic lens housings...) And a macaw would definitely be strong enough to drag an M1 and lens off a table!

We love our pets much more than our cameras, though, really, don't we...?
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