I’ve just realized how few photos I have of Shiva playing with other dogs. My only excuse is that Shiva’s high-speed chase play style doesn’t lend well to good photography.
Over the weekend, Shiva had her very first doggy play date. As I was in a dog training seminar all Sunday, my practically husband took her to meet up with a friend’s older terrier mix. The first thing I asked when I returned home was if he’d remembered to take pictures.
Naturally, he had not. Another opportunity lost.
Shiva is usually a little selective about her dog park playmates. She is friendly with all and will greet every dog with – a little too exuberant – joy. But it takes something special to keep her interest. That something special being either a penchant for running around in circles or a decided dislike of spotted dogs named Shiva.
So if you are insane, or a Border Collie, Shiva will be your best friend forever. Unfortunately, neither of these friendships are going to help me take better photos. In the one case, all I get is a grey blur, and in the other I am too busy trying to convince Shiva to leave the snarling dog alone to think about pulling out the camera.
If only I was exaggerating.
As an aside, I think it’s funny how others can have such a different point of view of my dog’s behaviour. When speaking with a friend at the seminar, she said she was envious of Shiva’s “generous spirit.” This was after discussing how it’s a shame our two dogs will never get along, despite Shiva’s constant pestering of her dog. A generous spirit is not how I would describe her actions, but perhaps I am looking at it with a more jaded perspective. If someone else’s dog was to zoom around in a similar fashion, I probably would find it entertaining and harmless.
Mel from No Dog About It shared a video with me via Twitter that she said reminded her of Shiva. As I watched all I could do was cringe as I knew all too well what the dog’s handler was going through. I have no doubt that will be me if I ever get the courage to face a real trial (year of badassery, year of badassery, year of badassery…). Yet, when I shared the video with friends on Facebook they all thought the dog’s uninhibited joy was just incredible. Something to be jealous of.
Once again, perhaps a change of perspective is in order.