Bunny here at the keyboard, sharing something else that we worked on this weekend.
Mom has asked me to do a very important job for her. She wants me to help make Flattery into a good canine model. I told her that I’ll do my best, but I’m not a miracle worker. There are some things that are the responsibility of the person holding the camera, because, let’s face it, I do not have opposable thumbs.
So, after we got done shopping, we went by one of our favorite places to take landscape photos, which is known as Grandview Drive. It got its name from Theodore Roosevelt when he came through our area and proclaimed it as “the world’s grandest view.” We’re not the only ones who think it’s a good place to take pictures. It’s rare for us to go there and not see someone else taking pictures there, or at least sitting and admiring the view. As a sighthound, I have to agree that it’s a great view.
Mom took some of her favorite pictures of Blueberry and me together there. There are even some very special ones of us with Morgan taken there, too. No matter what time of year it is, it’s pretty up there. So, we figured we had a pretty good chance of getting some good pictures.
My friends, Flattery puts the challenge in challenging when it comes to posing for pictures.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s a pretty girl, but she has one devil of a time standing still. When she was standing still for a few nanoseconds, she was looking away from the camera. I felt a certain tension begin to rise in the air around the human contingent of our party.
I have worked with some very green models in the past. I even posed with Küster when he was a puppy and survived the Great Christmas Card Shoot last year. Posing with Flattery is a challenge, even for me. She does have good looks going for her, when she isn’t pulling a goofy face, but she is still a puppy in so many ways.
When Mom and Dad started getting grumpy with each other, I thought the whole thing was going to end up as a wash, but then they agreed to drive a little further on and try another spot. At that point, things got a little better. Mom took a few pictures of me by myself and then they worked on getting Flattery back into the picture.
I don’t think the pictures turned out quite like Mom was hoping for, but they turned out to be at least passable.
Well, that’s my opinion, anyway. We learned that taking pictures of Flattery will be a two human job for quite a while, but that the camera definitely likes her. It will require some extra planning time when nobody is in a hurry, or too hot, or needs a bathroom break. However, I think the little Black Dervish has it in her. My guess is that one of these days, after a few of the dreaded obedience classes under her collar, that she’ll turn around and surprise the humans with some darned good pictures. And then, my work will be done. It’s going to be a lot of work, though.