Our dog Moose sat in the middle of our living room floor, let out a howl and started scooting his butt across the rug (Yep, he knows that trick too). This is our dog’s way of telling me he is frustrated. I have been really sick for a few days and our dog was the perfect medicine. For three days that dog slept by my side without complaint. But the moment he sensed I was better, frustration set in and the butt scooting began. It was as if he had dragged my camera and a bag of treats to my feet and said “Lets go, I am tired of waiting.”.
I always like to see how different dogs communicate their needs as well as react to situations. For all of these dog photographs, I usually am relying on a certain action or reaction to get the photograph I am after. It is part of what makes this Fido365 Project fun. This evening we met “Farley” and Irish Setter on the Boston Common, who was completely obsessed with a ball.
I found myself watching this great red dog against the green trees of the park, proudly prancing about showing off his ball to everyone standing around. Once in a while he would let it roll from his mouth near your feet, barking/demanding the ball to be thrown. I finally had the idea to bounce the ball hard against the ground so I could capture a photograph of his expression as he would try recover his ball as it compressed against the ground. Surely, such a photo would look amazing.
This was one of the evenings where I had misjudged a dog. The Irish Setter did not waste time going where I threw the ball, but leapt instead to where it would quickly be. Today’s photograph happens to the the result of a very happy misunderstanding of what a dog would do. And our dog? He was just happy to be outside running with his canine friends living in Boston.