I’ve talked a lot on the blog about how Bunny likes the limelight when I go up to the studio to take pictures. It does not amuse her to sit on the sidelines while Flattery gets the attention in front of the camera. The past few months, when I’ve gone upstairs to take pictures, I start out by putting some treats for Bunny in her favorite spot on the daybed. Once she gets comfortable in her supervisory position, she will usually stay there and let me work with Flattery.
Apparently, I have made the transition a little too sweet for her. We went up for pictures the other night, and I heard her coming up just behind me. That’s pretty typical. She can’t stand the idea that she might miss something that’s going on up there. She is still much faster and more natural at posing than Flattery is, and I was short on time. I figured it would be easier to work with her and she was the first one upstairs.
As she came up the stairs and around the corner, she gave me her little grin and trotted right past me on her way to her throne, aka the daybed, to make sure everything was done right. I did a double take. Then, I called her over, which usually gets an immediate response. It’s like she knew I was in a hurry and was going to be leaving for most of the evening after we got done. She was already in her spot and she wasn’t giving it up.
I tried cajoling her, but she wasn’t having any of it. As I was about to get up and go over to the daybed to really sweet talk her, and possibly bribe her with a few treats and a tummy rub, Flattery came upstairs. She went over to her spot, a fuzzy white rug that she just took over as her own private Idaho years ago and laid right down to wait until I was ready. I looked at both of them, then just held a treat in my hand and asked, “So, who’s going to pose for this picture?”
Flattery hopped up, came right over to the perfect spot and laid down. Bunny was content on the daybed. The pictures were done pretty quickly and I can’t complain about the finished product. It has become evident, though, that Bunny has transitioned to the role of supervisor pretty gracefully. She does still have occasions when she can’t take it and comes over to show Flattery how it’s done. I feel better knowing that she’s not upset about things, though and I shouldn’t be surprised that she’s enjoying being in charge. She’s certainly earned the right to take it easy and I’m happy to let her enjoy it.