Some dogs just have the world by the tail.
Angus and Ben showed up at our Bangor studio in a shined up, sharp-looking, red Chevy truck; the kind of truck dogs dream about. Sporting a Santa hat and bandanas, these bounced into the house.
Usually it takes dogs, particularly two dogs, a few minutes to adjust to the studio. Not Angus and Ben. They came in, sniffed, and were ready to go to work posing for their portraits.
And that makes perfect sense.
Angus, the gorgeous Aussie, all alert and perky, has personality plus. Bred to take in a situation and make things happen, he jumped up on the ottoman, hit his mark, and I swear he was smiling. This dog knows he is good-looking AND smart. Like I said, the world by the tail.
Ben, the designer terrier mix, was subdued, shy but willing. Humble, perhaps. During the shoot we chatted about his ancestry, so to speak. Sometimes, while looking at images on the computer’s screen, odd memories and connections float to the surface, and as I was looking at Ben’s images I started seeing hints of majesty in his profile. Remember the old Victorian images of children with giant wolfhounds? Sure, Ben is wicked short for a wolfhound, but I do believe there is a family line of brave and true dignity in his family tree. See it? Look beneath those magnificent eyebrows, you’ll find it.
Angus and Ben were such good boys that we even had time for a quick, impromptu family photo. I like it when dogs and their humans all look happy to be together. It makes me smile.
As I said, the world by the tail.