So sure, I could mess with my schedule and put this picture up, when, next Tuesday?
What fun is that? I really do like how this picture came out.
Besides, that’s for New Years. Thanks Calendar Cartel for not straightening out the dates!
What this was is actually the end of a dog walk.
I have three dog walks per day, as you should if you have a dog. Rack being the superior McNab SuperDog, (TM), that he is, he has plenty of quirks.
He speaks English,
He tells time,
He has a map of the neighborhood in his brain.
He may even be learning Spanish – I have to be careful with the phrase “Estoy Listo” because “I Am Ready” is a phrase I may want to keep close to my chest.
Here is the story as I see it. Even if I am reading too much into it, well, I have been told that I can tell a story well.
We left, as normal, from the house, and went out to walk the block.
“Rack, this is your walk, take me where you want to go.” Wag Right.
When a dog wags right, what you said or did pleases him. He feels in control of the situation and confident.
When a dog wags left, he may still be pleased but he isn’t completely in control of things. I get that when I tell him “Go Poop” and he’s not ready.
He really does like to be talked to.
Rack did take me on a “modified” walk. I have a very set pattern of blocks I walk at that time of evening. Probably because I try to avoid the bars, don’t want to disturb the patrons at the Italian Restaurant, and I want to avoid noise and other distractions.
No, really, if I walk past Bona Italian Restaurant, it causes a ripple of people talking and pointing at my dog. There is a waitress in there that loves him, as well as one or two of the owners, and I really don’t want to stop business just for a walk around town.
He does, however, and he took me past the restaurant.
After a few cookies and some attention, we wandered on a different route until we got back here.
As we approached, I said “Rack go wait at the door and let me get a picture”.
He did … Just That. Walked to the door and waited. Ok, he knows more English than I thought.
I got the picture you see, however, any photographer will tell you – always take a second. I wanted to play with flash and settings and re-compose the shot.
This one isn’t perfect, I could have adjusted settings, but this is as close to perfect as I could get all the way to the palm trees hiding above the house.
He thought I was fussing too much and he came over to see.
Looking up at me as if to say “are you alright? Did you get this figured out yet?”
I responded “Why don’t you go back to the door so I can get another?” in a conversational tone.
He did! Wow that is one smart dog!
I ended up using the first shot but this dog always impresses me.
Now that he’s gaining confidence, he’s getting a bit too assertive at the door. We have to work at that bark, he’s authoritative enough to have me jump out of my skin inside!
So Happy Holidays to one and all, no matter where in the world you are, no matter what holidays you celebrate.
Thanks for stopping by over these years.
Rack and the rest of us at Ramblingmoose.com