Our wonderful groomer, Lori Fillion, was here last Thursday to take care of her usual clients (blind Sophie the Dachshund is one of them), and we asked her to take our photo for the spring/summer print newsletter that I’d been working on for the past week. As longtime blog readers may recall, during previous photo shoots we’ve ended up with some odd looking photos that I post on the blog as “outtakes.” Well, this session provided some new ones to share, so here goes. There are two sequences of shots.
In the first one, starting with the photo above, all is well but we wanted to try to get Sophie looking at the camera, so I reached over, cooed at her, and gently tried to reposition her face towards the camera. I was met with growling and bared teeth (otherwise known around here as “not a pretty face”):
Now, the thing you have to understand about Sophie is that she always growls — whether she’s a sad Sophie, a mad Sophie or a happy Sophie, growling is how she expresses herself in almost every occasion. She’s always been this way. Sophie adores Alayne, and when Alayne is cuddling her and carrying her down the hallway, all I hear is Sophie growling — grrrr, grrrr, grrrr. That’s the affectionate Sophie. When Sophie first arrived, this was a bit off-putting, but we quickly realized it signaled nothing in particular except her weird way of communicating. And she never bites or snaps, though she certainly looks like she’s going to take a chunk out of you.
Here’s the very next frame … although I can assure you this was not an “affectionate” Sophie at that moment:
Still growling but less bared teeth, and not her best presentation, shall we say.
And then, in the next shot, as if by magic it’s one happy family again:
All of that happened in just a few seconds.
In the next sequence a couple of minutes later, all again seems fine:
And then this — I don’t even remember what prompted it:
Sophie and I exchange a few more words as Alayne looks surprised at the argument the two of us are having:
And the immediate aftermath:
And finally, in case you’re wondering, this is the photo that’s going in the newsletter:
Thanks to Lori for the grooming and for the photography!