A nearby elementary school is covered in several cheerful murals, just perfect for the holiday countdown challenge. I saved the opportunity for a time Shiva and I could have fun with the photos. They wouldn’t look nearly as brilliant in the dark.
I gotta say, Shiva poses a lot better for the camera than ever before. After two and a half years of the evil black box stuck in her face, she has finally succumbed. Frankly, it’s probably just easier that way. The sooner we get the photo, the sooner she can go back to eating garbage. She knows I won’t give up until I get the shot I want.
I also see it as a great chance to work on tricks. Not just sit-stays but stand-stays, bow-stays, feet-in-the-air-stays… Shiva doesn’t always love holding her position for very long so I have to be fast. It depends on the amount of distraction in the environment. If there is a stinky McDonald’s wrapper nearby, I can only expect so much focus.
And of course, she is always generously rewarded for her efforts. No pet photographer – even a sad amateur with a point-and-shoot like me – could get this dog to work without treats. Her services do not come cheap.
Regardless, I do think she enjoys the attention. As much as the camera may annoy her when she’d rather be chasing ducks, the walks we take when I bring it along feel a lot more connected. Instead of us just doing our own thing, the camera helps us interact. It also helps me appreciate our surroundings just a wee bit more. Each picture I take is like a little moment between us, a tiny memory we created together.