"a super serious project about dogs and physics"
February 21, 2012 10:42 AM   Subscribe

Maddie the coonhound and her owner travel around, she stands on things, he takes pictures. The result is wonderful.
posted by quin (43 comments total) 71 users marked this as a favorite

 
I am at a loss to explain why this is so fucking delightful. IT JUST IS.
posted by elizardbits at 10:49 AM on February 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Standing" doesn't seem to do the dog justice; perched, maybe. I think all the pictures are from the same angle because Maddie exists in 2D. Come on!
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:49 AM on February 21, 2012


You know that expression dogs make? That one that says "I put up with a lot of nonsense"? That one they do when their humans ask ridiculous things of them? No? Well, you'll know it soon enough.

Maddie is awesome. I totally want to go play with a dog right now.
posted by .kobayashi. at 10:51 AM on February 21, 2012 [8 favorites]


This inexplicably made my day!
posted by chatongriffes at 10:52 AM on February 21, 2012


What is that dog on?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:55 AM on February 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


"What is that dog on?"

Things, mostly.
posted by HuronBob at 10:57 AM on February 21, 2012 [18 favorites]


I remember reading about an iPhone app -- the name escapes me right now -- that records video during the awkward moments just prior to taking a picture. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if we could see those few moments prior to each of these pictures.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 10:58 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Flat Maddie meme in 3...2...1...
posted by salishsea at 10:58 AM on February 21, 2012


In this one she looks like she's about to fly away.
posted by koeselitz at 11:00 AM on February 21, 2012


2bucksplus: ""Standing" doesn't seem to do the dog justice; perched, maybe."

I thought the same thing. They're nice photos and all, but what really makes them is that that dog is seriously good at standing on stuff.
posted by vanar sena at 11:03 AM on February 21, 2012


I love how Maddie is all like, "can I get down and eat now?"
posted by Cocodrillo at 11:05 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, Maddie is not always as amused as she is amusing.
posted by OmieWise at 11:05 AM on February 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


The prints are really reasonably priced, which means that I will get at least one, and maybe a series. That's exciting.
posted by OmieWise at 11:09 AM on February 21, 2012


Maddie and the Japanese skateboarder girl from last week should hang out and solve crimes using excellent balance and agility.
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:14 AM on February 21, 2012 [6 favorites]


Is this something that coonhounds are famously good at?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:16 AM on February 21, 2012


Good dog!
posted by rmd1023 at 11:28 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I dunno, I think she looks rather pleased with herself in many of the pictures.
posted by misskaz at 11:38 AM on February 21, 2012


Maddie's owner is a guy I went to photo school with. He's spending a year traveling around taking photos of everyday people and telling their stories, in addition to making his dog stand on things.

I also have a coonhound, but he refuses to stand on things.
posted by bradbane at 11:39 AM on February 21, 2012 [20 favorites]


OK, human, your turn. How about this auto compactor? OK step back now so you're in focus. One more step back now. . .
posted by Danf at 11:40 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, bradbane, I really like the link you provided with Theron Humphrey's larger project! These kinds of "everyday stories", with the accompanying photos, are so absorbing. I'm diving in and won't come out until I'm done!

Also, Maggie is indeed quite adorable. I want to pet her ears.........
posted by but no cigar at 11:49 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I thought only weimaraners could do that sort of thing.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:07 PM on February 21, 2012


Wow, bradbane, that link is worth a FPP itself. Fascinating.
posted by xedrik at 12:08 PM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


misskaz: I dunno, I think she looks rather pleased with herself in many of the pictures.

Those are looks into the distance, where Maddie might yet go. Distant places where she can move and play, not just stand on things all the time. Those looks are longing looks, because she is a dog. Good dogs behave, and she is a good dog.

I'm mostly kidding, because I'm sure Maddie is well-cared for and not always a super serious perching dog.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:12 PM on February 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


OMG! Why do I like this so much?
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:30 PM on February 21, 2012


Is it weird that the best thing about this for me, is how gorgeous the national forrest signs are, when did that happen?!
posted by PinkMoose at 12:31 PM on February 21, 2012


... and elizardbits has first post... call me unsurprised, impressed.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:31 PM on February 21, 2012


Wow.... as xedrik says, bradbane's link is FPP-worthy all on its own. The main post here really should be a secondary link, as in, "Oh, and this guy ALSO takes pictures of his dog on things."
posted by Malor at 12:33 PM on February 21, 2012


PinkMoose: Have you seen the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park?

Prepare yourself for awesome if you haven't...
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:34 PM on February 21, 2012


That dog does not look happy.
posted by SLC Mom at 12:38 PM on February 21, 2012


This one is my favorite.
posted by apricot at 12:39 PM on February 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Patient Maddie is very patient.

Neither of my muttonheads would even try such a thing - one is too fat, and the other is just a spaz.
posted by MissySedai at 12:40 PM on February 21, 2012


Thanks for linking to that bradbane. I had really considered making that the link to "travel around" but I was afraid that all the awesome in there would distract from Maddie, which I felt was neat enough on its own.

Buy yeah, the rest of Humphrey's work is worth checking out.

posted by quin at 12:45 PM on February 21, 2012


I just need one of her perched on top of a rabbit's head and I can die happy.
posted by dfan at 12:54 PM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Her facial expression reminds me a lot of the look Walt Kelly drew on Beauregard the Hound's face whenever Beauregard was making "noble dog" speeches in Pogo.
posted by COBRA! at 12:59 PM on February 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Danf: "OK, human, your turn. How about this auto compactor? OK step back now so you're in focus. One more step back now. . ."

Oh please! Not planking again!
posted by jgaiser at 2:23 PM on February 21, 2012


My favorite I would give the title "Well Balanced".
posted by maryr at 2:35 PM on February 21, 2012


That dog does not look happy.

Agreed with misskaz, Maddie looks quite pleased with herself in many of the pictures. Our yellow lab loves climbing up on stuff. My guess is that Maddie must get some fun out of it, or she'd be looking way more unpleasant (or simply be uncooperative enough that there wouldn't be this many successful pictures).
posted by jsr1138 at 2:59 PM on February 21, 2012


Is this something that coonhounds are famously good at?

Yeah, they climb. We had two at one point and they regularly made amazing leaps onto tiny perches. One would leap up and balance on the post holding a drinking fountain to drink for example. It was probably 6" square. A 70lb dog. They could leap onto the back of the couch and run back and forth along it. I even saw one of them run along the top of a fence like a cat for ages before she fell off. They could get waaaaay up trees too.
posted by fshgrl at 3:56 PM on February 21, 2012


Eta: you should have seen them on jungle gyms. Not only do they like to climb they like to slide.
posted by fshgrl at 4:00 PM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


this is exactly what i needed in my day. thank you.
posted by radiosilents at 7:15 PM on February 21, 2012


All this time I thought they were 'treeing' coonhounds because the prey was what went into the tree. Now I know better.
posted by cmyk at 7:38 PM on February 21, 2012


The new one today made me laugh. Galoshes!
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:10 AM on February 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


The new one today made me laugh. Galoshes!

Sigh.

It's delightful, but, like, seriously: William Wegman's Weimaraners.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:40 AM on February 22, 2012


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