Man’s Best Friend, Not This Time

By: ralphbarrera

Jun 10 2009


Category: Photojournalism

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Focal Length:120mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

Yesterday I parked my car on the side of a busy road looking for an angle to photograph traffic in Pflugerville, TX. for an upcoming story on growth in the city. After I made my way down the shoulder of the road I heard this incredibly vicious dog bark, mean enough to make the hair on my skin rise. I turned and saw this wonderfully effective guard dog charging the fence. I felt like a cat caught in mid-run trying to jump onto my car. Lucky for me a sturdy fence separated him from my suddenly delicious legs. It was funny for a second, but what was interesting was his demeanor. After every charge to the fence, every loud bark, he would turn his head searching for approval from the front office as if saying “see I am doing my job”, but his owners had gone for the day. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman


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