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Ready for His Closeup

Ready for His Closeup

 The dog is a perfect portrait subject.  He doesn't pose.  He isn't aware of the camera.  ~ Patrick Demarchelier

The dog is a perfect portrait subject.  He doesn't pose.  He isn't aware of the camera.

~ Patrick Demarchelier

Popeye has mellowed with age.  There was a time not too long ago when I could never get him to stay still long enough to take his portrait.  He'd sense what I was up to and immediately pad away.  Camera shy, not even falling for the promise of a treat.

 My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet.  ~ Edith Wharton

My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet.  ~ Edith Wharton

I wonder if it is because he has been struggling with a chronic illness these past seven months.  Is he just too tired to protest?  I doubt it; he is as lively and mischievous as always. Our daughters have long claimed that I am lying when I say he won't let me take his picture.  They each live far from us and clamor for new shots of their favorite boy.  I have had to work hard to oblige...until this year.  This year he patiently acquiesces and pauses while I take the shot.  He is constantly underfoot, my best buddy, so I have plenty of opportunities throughout the day.  

It seems he has turned into a bit of a narcissist...

 “Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble. A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog is also a hedonist.”  ~ Mary Oliver,  Dog Songs

“Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble. A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog
is also a hedonist.”  ~ Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Whatever the reason, I never tire of taking his picture.  

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An excerpt from the poem "The Sweetness of Dogs":

… Thus, we sit, myself
thinking how grateful I am for the moon’s perfect beauty and also, oh! how rich
it is to love the world. Percy, meanwhile,
leans against me and gazes up into
my face. As though I were just as wonderful
as the perfect moon.

~ Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

 

 

 

Sunday Silence

Sunday Silence

The Art of Practice

The Art of Practice