I am very proud to present Shiva the Dog’s dancing debut!
Thanks go to Hsin-Yi and Honey the Great Dane for creating a contest that inspired amateurs like Shiva and I to challenge ourselves.
Honestly? Putting this together was a lot harder than I expected. Shiva has a very large roster of tricks. I thought it would be easy to string them all together in time to some music. After all, we do it all the time without music, right? Simple stuff for a high-drive dog like Shiva.
Let me tell you, this canine freestyle thing is not for the easily frustrated. We filmed three full videos and about a twenty-six thousand pieces of video. None of them were what I envisioned. There were brilliant moments and there were moments where I wanted to bang my head against the wall. I wish I could have cut and pasted specific elements together and deleted others. But it’s a contest and that would be cheating.
Choosing which one to enter was not easy. I think I watched each one five or six times last night. It was so hard not to just keep filming until we got it right. For a recovering perfectionist, it wasn’t easy to stop. But Shiva was done. I knew if I pushed her I’d risk the value she has for working with me. I’m tempted to share the other two here but that may be devolving a bit too much into a pool of narcissism. I ended up going with the one in which I think she looks the happiest.
Though I found putting a routine together very difficult, mentally and physically, it was still a lot of fun. I’d definitely be interested in trying again. Maybe with a little more space, maybe putting a little less pressure on the two of us, maybe with a little more practice time. Even when Shiva was driving me crazy – jumping on me and running off to chew her antler – she still made me laugh. I think I’ve learned more about my own limits as well as hers. I have to acknowledge how lucky I am she is willing to work with me at all.
Gotta love that goofy dog. I truly feel I was dancing with a doggie star.
Make sure to check out all the other entries. They should be posted on Honey’s blog by tomorrow. Our rainy weekend will be a perfect excuse to stay inside and watch some impressive moves. Lots of luck to those who also entered!