These pictures are all from my phone. Please excuse the poor quality.
I know what you are thinking, and no I did not put the pillow under Charlie’s head. He does this on his own.
So, as I am sitting here chugging coffee and redbull to stay focused and awake, I look around and notice the dogs. They have got to be the most spoiled rotten mongrels around. I didn’t sleep well last night because they both wanted to sleep with us, and you can see by the pictures above they aren’t small sleepers. They both require tons of space and are not afraid to push us off the bed.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Good question.
My husband and I are crazy but we love our dogs…. possibly too much. Ok, definitely too much. Sigh.
Aren’t they cute though?!
Mina has discovered she can fit through our fence and into the neighbors yard where their 185 pound bull-mastiff named Annabelle lives. Awesome. Not so much.
This morning, while I was rushing around the house getting ready to leave for work, I’m calling the dogs to come in the house… Charlie comes flying in the house as he knows a treat is waiting for him for listening like a good dog! Mina on the other hand is MIA. I call her again as I’m putting on mascara. Two minutes later, no Mina. I’m starting to get irritated… where is this dog? I need to be walking out the door… like NOW. Finally, I’m ready to go, I walk outside to look for Mina. I expect her to be sleeping in a pile of leaves or something. No sign of her…. anywhere. Shit. Travis is going to kill me if I lost her. Suddenly, I see movement, in the NEIGHBORS yard! MINA! I’m frantically trying to get to her before the neighbors horse for a dog gets let out for the morning. I find a hole in the fence seemingly wide enough to wedge her through, coax her with a treat and finally Mina is not MIA anymore. Surely this was traumatic for her and she won’t do it again.
During lunch today the exact same thing happened again. Dang it. Now there are several mounds of flower pots along our fence line blocking anything that looks wide enough for a squirrel to fit through.
Will keep you posted on how this works. Luckily Annabelle is big and slow…she is just very large and scary looking.
Thursday started out a normal day… I woke up, showered, fed the dogs, etc, etc. I took some time out of my morning to finish a wreath for the front door and hang it up. While I was hanging the wreath, Mina sneaked her way out the front door. It did not take me long to realize she was sitting in the front yard looking at me all innocent like. I’m thinking, what a good girl not leaving the yard. Yes, she went outside without me but ya know she was hanging out in the yard. I was ok with that.
The second I stepped foot outside that little booger took off running down the street. She was at least three houses in front of me…I forgot to mention that it is freezing and I have no shoes or jacket on…. I would get about 2 feet from her, lunge for her and she would take off again. It was clearly a game for her. She was having a blast while I was becoming more agitated. The inevitable happened and she decided the road was a better place to run from mommy than the neighbors front yards. As she is playing in the road, an oblivious woman comes flying down our street. I am jumping up and down waving my arms and screaming like a lunatic to get her to stop so I can grab Mina… this woman just waves to me like I was being a friendly neighbor. I knew it. This was it. Mina was going to get hit. At the last second Mina decided to run back into our front yard, thank goodness because the woman had no intention of stopping. I think chased Mina around the car for a solid 5 more minutes until I finally pounced on her, spanked her butt, told her BAD GIRL and slung her furry butt back inside. I was so upset and mad at the same time.
Charlie never did this sort of thing. My parents are trying to convince me that Charlie was an abnormally easy puppy and Mina is the norm. Either way, I am glad she is safe but I will definitely be more careful with opening the front door next time.
Although I took several photography classes in college, I still consider myself an amatuer picture taker. My father in law gave us a nice Canon digital SLR for a wedding gift. My goal is to learn how to use it! What better subjects to start with than my furr children. From my short experience with this particular camera, I think the key is patience with dog shots. Charlie and Mina were more interested in smelling and licking the camera than posing and seeming happy for my photo shoot. You would think they don’t understand English at all!
I sat down in the mulch during lunch and just waited for the dogs to settle. After about 20 minutes of waiting, they finally started to look like their cute natural selves that I was trying to capture. They look so calm and innocent in these pictures. Very deceiving!
Throughout the growth of the blog, hopefully you will see some improvement in my pet photography! I really enjoyed taking these of the dogs. Maybe a new side career?? Petsmart does it, why not me!
I spent 40 minutes during lunch today playing with the pups outside. It is almost 70 degrees in November! I love it. I am wagging my tail today.
Its that time again! Charlie + Mina update! I forsee this picture becoming more difficult to take as time goes on. They just want to play with each other!
Here Mina is 10 weeks old and Charlie 2 years. She is growing like a weed! Charlie was not the healthiest puppy with kennel cough, chronic allergies all on top of being the runt of the litter… We are not used to a puppy that likes to eat! She is a little butter ball. This morning, Travis got up about 30 minutes before me and fed Mina. When I woke up, she was back in her crate and he was in the shower. I assumed she was starving by her whining. She ate a full bowl of food like it was nothing. I later found out that Travis had already fed her! This little porker ate two whole bowls of food this morning without blinking! She is at least 10 pounds now, have not weighed her in about a week. I don’t think Charlie was 10 pounds until he was 3 months old!
They are becoming closer and closer as time goes on. It makes it all worthwhile to see Charlie so happy with Mina. He needed a buddy and now he will never have to be alone again!
Don’t mind Mina’s creepy eyes in this picture! Red eye correct does not work so well on puppies.
Looking at Mina, it is hard to believe Charlie was once this size! They grow so fast. I want to track Mina’s growth in comparison to Charlie.
I am going to attempt to take a picture of them like this every month until Mina is full grown. In this picture Charlie is 2 years and Mina is 8 weeks old.
Aren’t they the cutest!? Send me pictures of your dogs and I’ll post them! firstname.lastname@example.org