We were taking photos for the "farm letter" in our spring/summer print newsletter, and as usual there were some outtakes I thought you'd enjoy seeing. Mitch, our blind Husky who recently had his eyes removed, was our subject, and Kate was the photographer.
This first set of photos were all taken in the same sequence, one right after another, starting with the one above. In that shot you can see Mitch is looking down and has leaned forward, pulling Alayne with him. She's trying to pull him back into position. She must have said something to Mitch (like "you big oaf, get back here"), because in the next frame, Kate captured him giving Alayne an "I'll make it up to you" smooch while she dutifully remains focused on the camera:
Me, I'm obviously reacting to the serious breach of photographic protocol. I was probably saying something like, "C'mon, dude, we've got 54 more photos to go, so get with the program!"
Which Mitch immediately does (that's my boy!), and he snaps to with this expression:
According to the camera time data for that photo, it was literally just 2 seconds after the previous shot.
Alas, he couldn't stay with the program for very long -- as in, 4 seconds -- because he then wants to give me a kiss, too:
To make up for this further breach of protocol, he then offers us this next shot, which becomes the one we end up choosing for the newsletter:
The bonus photo, which happened towards the end of the shoot, was this one:
You can tell that neither Alayne nor I had any idea what Mitch was doing right there in front of us. We just kept smiling at the camera, oblivious to the Cujo in our midst. Once I uploaded the photos to the computer and saw this shot of Mitch, it reminded me of those stuffed wolves on display in an exhibit at a natural history museum, where they're trying to show just how ferocious wolves can be. (Click on photo for larger image.)
But, he's not a stuffed wolf, he's just a goofball Husky.
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