and all she brought me back was this lousy walk on our own property.
It’s true. I neglected my dogs for days, trying to fool them with short games of frisbee on the lawn in between long stretches of editing. When I finally stumbled out of my Photoshop stupor this morning, we discovered summer had gone AWOL, and I was too tired to drive anywhere for interesting adventures.
But dogs are resourceful. They know how take advantage of even lame circumstances, like boring surroundings and crummy weather.
Actually, Maggie was alerting us all to the presence of A Stranger! Walking their dog! Within visual range! Maggins believes in letting everyone know that sees them, and believes they are up to no damn good too. She gets the other dogs all riled up that way. I should probably put a stop to it, but she stands like a monkey when she does it, and it amuses me.
I probably made her profile requirements too rigorous. It’s a fine line between telling too much, and not telling enough. If you don’t stress the important things, you get a slew of applicants that are completely inappropriate for the dog’s needs – like with Sprite. Her profile mentioned casually that our preference was for a performance home, with no small children. I got 35 applications from families who wanted a pretty girl doggie pet. So in Maggie’s profile I was pretty heavy handed explaining what homes would be rejected outright, and the result is that nobody wants her. You can’t win for losing sometimes.
(Sometimes I craft imaginary profiles for TWooie, just for fun:
Tube shaped mystery mix who grunts and snores like an entire hogfarm. Full of contempt for other dogs, obedience commands and personal boundaries. Can dismantle garden shed in under 2 days while searching for rats and comes with own collection of burrs. Self-feeding in areas densely populated by well-fed coyotes, but sometimes vomits up coyote shit, usually on a rug. On the plus side, likes to stick his head in your armpit and make weird groaning sounds – a big hit at parties! Must also adopt his brother Wootie, or else he is unable to transmorph into super-being with ridiculously flamboyant tail.)
Or it could just be that I haven’t posted pretty enough photos of Maggie. She really is a precious looking little thing, but it’s hard to capture because she is dark-faced, and dark-eyed. All in all, she is so easy to have around it’s like not having another dog at all, unless there are high value items like bones laying around. Maggie gets really evil with the other dogs over a bone, and the other dogs are all totally confused by this, since bones to them are only high value when they are fresh out of the package. The stale old ones she keeps digging out of the toy basket and then parading around with are completely uninteresting to them, and they don’t understand her snarly face and general bad manners.
She had a big scrap with TWooie just 10 minutes ago. He was asleep under my feet and she wandered over with an old bone, decided he was looking at it and started growling at him. He growled back because he was confused, seeing as how he’d just been asleep and took her sudden rudeness rather personally – and she launched herself at him. It was hard for me to get them apart because they were under my feet and on my computer chair legs all at the same time, so Piper did it for me. Piper says There Is No Fighting Allowed, so she drove her snappers like a wedge between them and backed Maggie off for me. I *heart* my alpha bitch!
Dexter: Meh, she’s so full of herself.
Poor TWooie grunted an entire operetta under my armpit after that, he was so stressed out. I *did* remind him that he made Maggie’s life a living hell for like 5 days when she first arrived, but I don’t think he heard me, as his ears were tucked under my sweatshirt. I admit, I find it very charming that his go-to response to Scary Things is to shove his head in my thin layer of Lady Speedstick and tell me how upset he is.
But that’s about the worst side of Maggie anyone’ll ever see. She shares everything else – yesterday I caught her and Dexter both chewing on opposite ends of a thin twig. It was so Lady and the Tramp. Tell your friends about Miss Maggins – she would make a super agility dog for someone who doesn’t have kids, and who knows how to keep bones segregated in a multi-dog household. Meanwhile I will work on getting better photos of her. I should have popped her in under the studio lights while we were there, but I totally forgot. Poor Maggie.
Here are a few client shots from the weekend though. Sorry about the watermark, but the clients have not yet purchased their photos. We got oh so many lovely shots, it was hard to pick a few favourites to show you – so I opened the folder and pointed randomly at the screen with my eyes closed, and these are the ones that I selected.
This is Miss Ruby, a street dog from Mexico. She looks like an itty bitty teeny weeny miniature Saluki dog. Ruby was among the more challenging subjects, as she did not like to look at the camera, did not like to sit, stand, lie down or stay and preferred to be sitting on or near my lap. And since I didn’t think anyone wanted photos of my knees in the shots, Jen and I had our work cut out for us with Ruby! But the results were so charming.
Here are Barra and Sheena being extremely dignified. I of course love Barra because she is a border collie, and it’s hard not to like a pretty little sheltie who shares my name. They were both very good about posing wherever we put them. It’s almost like they grew up with me!
This is Kiwi and her brother the Jack Russell whose name now escapes me because I’m brain dead from days of editing. They are such a nice contrast of dogs, big little, dark light … there’s another photo in the batch of the Jack sitting on a tall stool and Kiwi looking up at him from the floor, but my finger didn’t choose that one when I was pointing with my eyes closed.
This is Silky, who earns her name by having the softest coast IN THE WORLD. I wanted to have a nap on her, she was so soft. I liked Silky especially because even though she shed a whole bunch, her hair was dark and didn’t show up on the background. Less editing for me. Yay Silky!
And last but not least, if you receive or read the Canadian Kennel Club’s Dogs in Canada magazine, this month you’ll see this “Bragvert” for our friend Abies, who is the #1 Agility Poodle in the country. Photo courtesy of ME! ;-)
Happy Thursday ya’ll. I’m going to take a nap before agility class and try not to dream about dog hair and cookie crumbs.