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“The Rest of The Story”

In the previous blog post I told everyone about this year’s Christmas photo shoot. This year’s photo had a lot of Christmas cookies in it and it was difficult for Brill, the very well trained dog, to take and hold a pose. Her problem was not that she wanted to eat the cookies (well she probably did) but her better judgement in being that close could put her in a tough spot.

After the shoot her daughter Nikon came down to help clean up. Much to my surprise, while she was sniffing the cookies oh so very intently, just my saying not to eat them was actually something that she listened to! So I thought what the heck, give the girl a shot. Got the camera and set everything up one more time and went about letting her find the right pose. I knew I’d probably be pushing my luck if I were to stack cookies on top of her paws and expect her to keep her lips shut! So it was up to Nikon to do the posing. The only guidance from me was to have her lay down, and of course reminders to please don’t eat the cookies.

So, after a handful of shots I took a look at what I had. I was very impressed with her composure and actually self control to not eat the cookies. I’d be fibbing if I told everyone she didn’t eat the cookies. She did manage to snag one of the small green cookies – but that’s all!

When it came time to pick the photo for this year’s card there were two shots that I liked. This year, the understudy almost usurped the star!

Here’s the shot that was runner-up. Some may say it should have been the pick for the year it’s that good.


No she didn’t eat that cookie. I told her no (gently even) and she picked her head up.

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It’s the annual Christmas card shoot here at the house. Every year I have some idea that I’ve been stewing on for several months, and yet it still comes down to the beginning of December to be the “time to take the picture”. This year was no different than any other. The dogs knew what was up. Brill, who has been the subject of most of the cards definitely knew something was up when I was piling Christmas cookies on the platter.

We worked with her resting her head on the table next to the platter. That was really difficult for her to do. Without the cookies she could hold a pose forever, but WITH the cookies she did not want to put her head on the table! Plan B – move to the floor! OK it wasn’t much easier, but it was possible. Got the shot! Yay, I was happy and this is the shot.


BUT, the Christmas card story does not end there! After knowing that I got the shot, and that was securely on the computer, I went to pick up the cookies. Nikon (Brill’s daughter) came to “help”. I told her not to eat them, and she actually complied! Oh my gosh, could it be that Nikon could handle the temptation? Watch for the next blog entry for “The Rest of the Story”!

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