The Puppiness Project – Your Friends Bring Out The Best in You

Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever.

I hate having my picture taken.

Which is why I was stumped when I had to come up with an image to use as an avatar online. I finally found a tourist shot in front of Rockefeller Center taken in January. If I’ve commented on your blog, you’ve probably seen me all wrapped up in my scarf next to my comment.

Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere so it’s time to banish the winter picture. My husband offered to take some pictures of me in the morning sun while we were walking Honey on Saturday. He fastened Honey’s leash to his leg so I wouldn’t have to keep track of her while posing and so she wouldn’t wander off while we were distracted.

Two of these pictures were taken while Honey was wandering around on her own. One was taken while I was holding her. Can you tell which one was taken with Honey?

woman smiling

Is there a doggie cropped out of this picture?

woman smiling

Or this one?



woman smiling

Or is there a doggie cropped out of this picture?

Leave your vote in the comments about which picture is the best. And we’ll all see if our friends bring out the best in us.

I’ll put the answer in tomorrow’s post.

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  1. I don’t know anybody who actually likes having their picture taken. I always look like some sort of alien stranger in my photos – it’s not that I think I look better or worse than I do, just different.

    However, I think all three of your photos are just beautiful. You look so happy in the last one that I am going to guess that is the one with the doggie cropped out. I am also going to pick it as my favourite. I have always been a believer that everyone looks better when they show their teeth. Your smile in that one is warmer and brighter. The daffodils in the background are a nice touch. :-)

    Congratulations on going out of your comfort zone!

    • Well, I know one person who likes having his picture taken–my husband! He also hogs the bathroom mirror.

      As for comfort zone–I left it way behind in the rear view mirror. I have to keep telling myself that if I were as hideous looking as I think I am, mothers would pull their kids indoors every time I pass by and grown men would weep in horror with one look at my face. That doesn’t usually happen so I guess I look a little better than I think.

  2. I also vote for the last photo (as the correct answer and the best smile). You look like you might be watching Honey wander in the first two.

  3. From the position of your shoulders, I’d say you were holding Honey in picture no. 3, whilst sitting down. In the other two, you look like you’re standing up. You look beautiful in all 3 photos, though, I can’t imagine why you’d hate having your picture taken! :)

    • Oooh, Didi. You’re quite the detective. I was wondering if anyone would analyze the background and body position.

  4. I vote with the consensus, #3! And agree that you have no reason not to want to be photographed.

  5. I hate having my picture taken, too!

    I think the last one is the one where you had Honey. You look more relaxed and happy there!

  6. Yes, definitely photo 3 (hopefully!). A much more relaxed, happier and unposed Pamela. It’s a lovely photo:) Thank you for letting us see YOU!


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