I took that photo Friday evening when Darla was imploring me to let her have a taste of my after-dinner beer. That face is almost impossible to resist, but resist I did.
Following dinner the previous night, I had gone over to my chair in the corner, set the glass of beer on the end table, and headed down the hall to check on the wood stove in the dog wing. While I was gone, Alayne just happened to look over from the kitchen and saw Darla standing up on the arm of her chair, looming over the glass and about to stick her tongue in it (and, no doubt, knock the glass over). Alayne yelled and Darla pulled back just at the last instant. Upon my return to the living room, I learned just how close I had come to losing my beer.
Now, this is not the first time Darla has shown interest in my Long Trail Ale from Vermont. But I’ve never seen her actually try to sneak a drink on her own.
So on Friday night I was ready with the camera. I was waiting to see how far she’d go with me sitting there watching her. Of course, at the very moment that Darla actually reached forward and tried to stick her tongue in the glass again, I was fiddling with the camera and missed the shot! I was surprised she’d be that bold, but there she was.
The look you see in that photo above is also the same look I get when I am paying attention to anything other than her. If I’m reading in the chair next to her, she will often get up like that and stare at me, so I am compelled to put reading material down and make over her. Or if I’m on the floor and working on the wood stove, I get nudged in the back by a pink nose and turn around to see that face. The stove must wait. Or, heaven forbid, if I’m petting another dog like Tanner. I get “the stare,” I melt, and that’s it. This is why she thought that looking at me this way would score her the beer she coveted. It almost always works.
Here’s what she was doing a few minutes earlier, trying to decide whether to go for the beer or just have me love her up instead as a consolation prize:
At least now I know: Never leave the beer unattended!