Tuesday Time-out

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.

20 thoughts on “Tuesday Time-out

  1. Great set, and it is a great way to interact with eachother. Everyone sees photos of Luna and expects it comes natural to her, but I work for every single shot. I have to be very quick with Luna too, especially if she is in a specific position like that bow. That’s something we should work on this year, really making her a “studio dog” so I can maybe get some cards together like I had hoped. But I will be paying her royally, maybe the food tubes would help with that.
    Great Job
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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  2. Thank goodness for quick shutter speed. Great photos and neat mural.
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  3. Hi Kristine and Shiva, I especially like your sentiment, “each picture I take is like a little moment between us, a tiny memory we created together”. Amen – one day all we’ll have of our moments together will be these captured memories. So shoot away, God only knows it happens around here enough….

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  4. I love the photos! You got great shots of her with that very cool mural!

    Bunny doesn’t work for free, either! There had best be treats waiting or the princess is not giving away her good looks. I think we’ve definitely gotten used to each other, though, and we read each other well. It helps a lot with the photography!

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  5. I think we’ve definitely gotten used to each other, though, and we read each other well. It helps a lot with the photography!

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