A Quick Q&A with Kelly and Ian from Dancers and Dogs

A Quick Q&A with Kelly and Ian from Dancers and Dogs

Kelly and Ian are two professional photographers whose love for dogs has led them to create one of the most unique, beautiful and interesting projects on the Internet.  Dancers and Dogs is a pictorial collection that has one simple goal: photograph 100 dancers & 100 dogs across the United States. Learn more about this project and these two talented, dog-loving photographers in this exclusive Q&A for Border Collie Fan Club members!

Tell us a little bit about yourself?  Who are you and what do you do?  
We are Kelly Pratt Kreidich and Ian Kreidich.  We are married photographers, based in St. Louis, MO, and we specialize in commercial photography. 

 

Tell us about Dancers & Dogs?  
Dancers & Dogs is a fun project, combining the beautiful lines and artistry of professional dancers, with the fun-loving, goofiness of dogs.  We want to show the lighter side of the dance world, which is often seen as serious, moody and dark.
How did this project come about?  What was your idea/inspiration for it? 
We are the photographers for the St Louis Ballet, and we’ve also worked with dancer across the U.S., and in Cuba.  We started out with one dancer form the St. Louis Ballet, and one dog, just to see if this idea would even work.  People really enjoyed those first images, so we continued the series with more dancers.
What’s it like having dancers and dogs work together?  What are some of the challenges?
Dance photography is difficult enough in itself, so adding dogs into the mix makes for a tricky shoot.  That’s why we work with professional dancers for this project, because we like to know that the dancers will be able to do what we need from them.  The biggest challenge is getting dogs to do what you want them to do.  Dogs are like toddlers, and even the best-trained dogs have off days.  We work with dogs from all different training levels and backgrounds.  Some a very well-trained and know lots of behaviors  but most of the dogs included have been your average pet.  But we always laugh a lot on set.  Some great shots come out of dogs just being dogs.
What has been your favourite dog to work with (hint: was it a border collie?) 🙂
It’s hard to have one favorite.  There are so many great ones!  The border collies are always fun because they are so smart and athletic.  
 
Can you tell us a bit about the border collies that have been featured in a few of your shoots?
We have had a few border collies in the project.  First, our dog, Dillon, who is a border collie mix.  Then there was a border collie, named Snip, who does obedience trials.  He was paired with a younger dancer, names Hannah Webb.  Then there were all four of the Super Collies – Hero, Marvel, Loki and Thor, owned and trained by Sara Carson.  They were on last season on America’s Got Talent.
 
What was it like working with such well-trained Border Collies like the Super Collies? 
Hero and all of his siblings are such impressive dogs!  We were able to do some shots and poses with them that we’ve been wanting to do for a while, we were just waiting for the right dogs.  Having trained dog on set obviously makes things easier for us, and allows us to think of more creative and difficult shots.  Sara has done such an amazing job training them in a positive and fun way.  
How can people find out more and support your project? 
We just updated our website!  You can find out more about Dancers & Dogs at www.dancersanddogs.com.  You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram @dancersanddogs.  If people would like to see the project continue, and help us bring Dancers & Dogs to more cities, they can purchase shirts, prints and more from our website.  We are releasing a 2019 calendar this fall as well!

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Historically, Border Collies are known as a working dog breed. Due to this very fact there are certain dog behaviors and instincts particular to Border Collies only. These behaviors and instincts define the personality of the dog. Understanding these behaviors and instincts is imperative if you desire a well-trained/behaved dog. This book is based on years of experience and thorough research helping you to choose, raise, train and live in harmony with your Border Collie. This book has been written by truly taking into consideration the breed as well as its abilities as this aspect is often ignored by owners of this dog. The content of this book will provide you with an insight of how a Border Collie relates and interacts with its owner and the outside world. Once you’ve read this book, you’ll be better equipped to own and take care of a Border Collie so that it becomes the wonderful companion it’s meant to be!

11 Cool Facts about Border Collies

11 Cool Facts about Border Collies

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Want to learn more about Border Collies? Here are some of the cool things you might not know about these fun, energetic dogs.

 

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1. Most modern Border Collies trace their lineage back to one dog. Old Hemp, born in the 1800s is considered to be the progenitor of the border collies. This dog’s herding method was less aggressive and more quiet compared to other dogs of his kind. His method always got results and impressed lots of breeders despite his softer technique. Old Hemp fathered to over 200 pups and became a famous stud dog.

2. Sheepdogs were brought to Great Britain by the Roman Empire. They were the first civilization that mastered the art of herding and raising sheep. Romans brought sheep as well as shepherds to the British Islands where they soon established the industry of wool. Most sheep-dogs which the Romans brought to Great Britain could not hack in the country’s cold weather, which is why the Celtics breed their own sheep-dogs.

3. Border Collies’ name comes from the region where they flourished. Did you know that Border Collies got their name because they were originally bred on borders of England and Scotland? James Reid, the secretary of ISS or International Sheepdog Society, is believed to have coined their name while describing the dogs in letters to his colleagues.

4. Border Collies are geniuses. It is no surprise that Border Collies are one of the smartest breeds of dogs. In fact, they are indeed on the top list of world’s smartest dogs. This is because of the fact that they were bred in order to be independent, problem solvers that are capable of solving complex tasks.

5. Yes, Border Collies are the world’s smartest dogs, however, that doesn’t mean training them is easy. Since they are known to be smart, they can pick up on anything and learn quicker than other dogs. Which is why trainer needs to train them right away just before these dogs develop any bad habits. It is applicable to train them while they are still young so that you’ll have their full attention.

6. Border Collies are the ultimate herding dogs. They are specifically bred for organizing and chasing animals. In fact, because the need to herd is deeply ingrained in Border Collies, some modern owners actually rent sheep for their pets to corral.

7. Border collies can move swiftly in a crouch position. It is one of their talents, thanks to the space between the tops of their shoulder blades. It lets them slither by while staying low to the ground.

8. Border collies can do “the eye”. This is one of their tricks. It is an intense stare which they usually do to intimidate the livestock and help the dogs herd as well as in controlling the animals. Sometimes, you may also catch your dog giving you this type of look just when you are about to give them something or have something in your hand.

9. Border Collies have a big dictionary. Have you heard of Chaser? She is commonly known as the world’s smartest dog. She can understand different words as well as she can name the proper noun names of his 1000 unique toys. Check out Chaser’s story here.

10. If Chaser can be tagged as a walking dog dictionary, then you may also have heard of Striker. This amazing Border Collie holds the record for Guinness Fastest Car Window Opened by a Dog. Striker is able to roll down the non-electrical car window in just 11.34 seconds. Talk about the unusual world record.

11. When owning a Border Collies, do not expect to lay around all day in the house with them. They get easily bored when left with no stimulation. These dogs love to have tasks which keep them busy and attentive. When they are left with nothing to do all day, they can get misbehave. Which is why owners are advised to always give them something to keep busy with.

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Meet Striker, a Guinness World Book of Records Title Holder

Meet Striker, a Guinness World Book of Records Title Holder

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Yep, you read it right. Our awesome Border Collie never fails to amaze us with their amazing capabilities. Did you know that there is a record confirmed and verified by Guinness World Book of Records where the main star is a Border Collie? It is the world’s fastest car window opened by a dog which is actually recorded in just 11.34 seconds!

 

Meet Striker, a Border Collie owned by Francis V. Gadassi of Hungary. Gadassi trained Strikerunwound a non-electrical car window in just a span of 11.34 seconds.

The record was set in Quebec City, Canada on September 1, 2004.

According to Gadassi, he needed to train Striker a considerable amount of time before he could master in the first place. With years of practice and tons of dog treats waiting for Striker, he was finally able to do what most dogs couldn’t do: to open a non-electrical car window which required special training.

Some people even ask Gadassi why would he want to train his dog to do this or why did he invest so much time and effort just to teach him open the car window.

However, there is so much deeper meaning to this. One easy explanation to this is that the quicker Striker could get the window open, the better will be his chance of freedom. Through the dog’s eyes, he will have his liberty gained and now he could spend the rest of his life with his owner who did not make him open the car windows each day of his life.

This record is so bizarre that the Guinness people could only find clumsy grammar to collate the record.

However bizarre it could get, one thing is for sure. There is no stopping for our lovable Border Collies to be the world’s smartest dog ever lived. Even if it is opening a car window in a span of only 11 seconds.

 

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These Border Collies Hugging Each Other Out is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

These Border Collies Hugging Each Other Out is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

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Having a rough day? Maybe this adorable video of two Border Collies hugging each other will make you feel better.

Meet Dewey and Blaze, a cute pair based in Texas. On February 2, they posted this video on Facebook to remind everyone to give hugs on Valentine’s Day month.

Their owner Jenisa Myers said that her inspiration for the pair’s warming hug is to share something cute with the world. This video definitely made anyone’s day as it has received lots of positive comments, as well as lots of good response from netizens. One proof that they are an online favorite is that the video had more than 500,000 shares in just one week.

Check out their adorable video:

 

Dewey and Blaze are two Border Collies who have been together since they were puppies.

The two adorable and lovable dogs are known to their online followers for their abilities in performing varieties of wild stunts as well as competing in obedience contests. The two aren’t only cute and adorable but they are also very intelligent. Dewey knows more than 100 commands while Blaze can do amazing stunts such as jumping off into his owner’s arms and riding on a skateboard.

What do you think of this video? Do you have similar stories to tell? We would love to hear it out from you. Write it in the comment box below.

 

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