Thursday, April 15, 2010

Taking pictures of Don is hard... VERY hard

Last friday I went to the waterfront to get some pictures of Don with the Golden Gate in the background (for the GDB calendar submissions). The weather was perfect for photo-taking, the view was stunning, but... Don was not the most cooperative, to say the least ;) After I finally got him in the perfect position, he'd attempt to walk away- or refuse to look at the camera. My brother jumped up and down, my mom blew a whistle that I brought from home, but regardless, Don did NOT want to look at the camera. Now I laugh thinking about how funny we must've looked, jumping and yelling like crazy to get our dog's attention :)
Then, a man started walking his many dogs, which didn't help. Don was very distracted. I had him on his flat collar for picture taking, so it was hard to keep him from charging towards the dog. Thank God for gentle leaders!
As soon as I was about to take the picture, he'd try to run off. I even had to use the "come" command once- thank goodness he is so good at it.
To top things off, my camera fell on some rocks and scratched the screen pretty bad. sigh...
Anyways, I got a couple of photos that I liked. I spent all day trying to decide which photo to send in, and finally chose the second photo below, which I thought showed the most expression.

Turns out, I made the right choice. I was SO happy when I found out Don had been chosen for the month of December! I never thought I'd make it with 400 entries. GDB would like me to write a little something about Don- what makes him unique/special characteristics. Hmmm. I'll have to think about his one.
Don got a great report from the puppy sitters. He went to school again yesterday, and was really good. We've got a puppy meeting this Saturday at the skate park, so that'll be fun. Hopefully I'll get some more pictures.
If you haven't watched "Through a Dog's Eyes" on PBS, I highly recommend you do. It's a really heartwarming story about a service dog program and the special bond between the dogs and their partners. I watched it tonight and loved it!
Don wanted to show everyone his new jollyball, which he is happily destroying at the moment :)


  1. Congrats to Don for being Mr. December! :) I actually watched "Through a Dog's Eyes" last night. I thought it was pretty good but there were a couple of things I found interesting in comparing them to GDB. Your post reminds me I need to pick up a jollbyall. :)

    I didn't get the full report or I would update you on Digby. Any news?

  2. Wow! That's great that Don will be Mr. December! I submitted a photo of Cabana, but I didn't hear anything, so I guess we didn't make the cut...drat. Sorry about your poor camera and all the shenanigans you had to go through for a good shot. But it definitely paid off!

  3. ditto - didn't make it again this year, but I am glad I'll know Mr. December! Waffle loves her Jolly ball too. It is so much stinkin' fun, we keep waiting for GDB to ban them.

  4. WOW - congrats to Mr. December. He certainly deserves it - such a handsome photo of a very handsome pup.

  5. Mr. December - congrats!!
    He will look so good on that calendar!


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