Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Spud on Sunday XV


Spud relaxing on his new sofa,

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Should he shouldn’t he? The dog on the sofa is not a new debate

We brought the sofa home from the store on the boat trailer, Mr Uhdd has responded well to treatment for PISD (post Ikea stress disorder).

(I still can’t suss how to get rid of the Robodog red eye!)

Edit, Martyn has kindly solved the redeye for me, thankyou!


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

15 thoughts on “Spud on Sunday XV

  1. As I said in the original debate, where incidentally it was great fun to read through all the comments, of course he should! xx

  2. “I am here and its great – thank you for the new sofa.”

    Yes all in his look. Lovely Spud.

  3. Well, you see, he looks to be a very glossy, well-brushed, sweet-smelling Spud, and that makes all the difference. At least that’s how I’ve explained it to the Cowboy.

    I count on the Robo-dog eyes to help me find the Duo when we walk after dark. When the flashlight is on them, Miss Sadie glows green, the Cowboy scarlet with flecks of gold. Count your blessings.

  4. You need to get the flash off the camera, or bounce the light off a wall/ceiling to avoid the eye reflection.

    • hummmm, need a new flash then 🙂

      • Was that with the pop-up one? That’s the worst type of flash…the eye-glow is caused by light reflecting off the back of the iris, so the nearer the flash is to the lens, the worse the reflection gets. If you want better results, a separate flashgun is needed. If you buy one, make sure it will tilt and swivel in all directions, some cheaper ones don’t, making bounce impossible.

  5. By the looks of it, Spud has made her own decision, being a member of the family and all. 🙂

  6. (I still can’t suss how to get rid of the Robodog red eye!)

    Three ways spring to mind: 1. don’t use flash (it’s a pernicious instrument and should not be used unless absolutely necessary); 2. process the photo using photo editing software that removes red-eye; or 3. see whether your camera has a pre-flash setting. This emits a small flash before the main one to cause the subject’s iris to close and then emits the main flash and takes the photo.

    Best of all is not to use flash.

  7. @Silver Tiger –
    1 – That’s rubbish, you just need to learn how to use it! In the right hands it is a wonderful thing.

    2 – Doesn’t work in my experience, or gives an unnatural look. Dogs usually reflect green or orange. Locally de-saturating that colour’s channel in photoshop is about the best you can do.

    3 – That doesn’t work either, it just causes them to blink in about 70% of shots.

    Bouncing your flash is the answer, this man will show you all you need to know: http://neilvn.com/tangents/flash-photography-techniques/ or if you want to get really geeky: http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/

  8. The sofa looks to have a slick surface (leather? reasonable facsimile?) which would work out better for the dog hair inevitability. The other concern is his claws, which would scratch leather/RF — I’d put a quilt, blanket or some such over the seat and arms to protect the covering from claw marks (and food/beverage spills?), which could be snatched off and stowed away in the event of guests. The other alternative is yelling at him to get down all the time…… and it’s a well known fact that such sofa-based activities as napping, reading, watching things on telly, etc., are much more cosy with your trusty dog at your side.
    I have cats, and since “no” in cat means “not while I’m looking,” I got leather covered chairs and sofa, which does make the cathair problem much easier to deal with. However, I ended up putting covers over the seats anyway, because hairballs happen, and they don’t do leather any good at all. . . .

    If I had such a personable young pooch as Mr. Spud living at my house, I’d much rather snuggle than yell. You hear about film stars that “the camera loves them.” True of Spuds, as well. (good idea about the boat trailer — ! Somebody’s little grey cells were on the ball.)

    • We had a cat that would claw at Mr Uhdd’s leather wallet given half a chance, goodness know what she would have done with a leather sofa. Spuds claws get plenty of action on stone flags and tarmac, so they are pretty trim. He keep whittling his bone down to a stiletto point though, not that does look like a hazard.

  9. Should.

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