I have thousands of pictures of my dog Honey. But almost none of them show her looking happy.
You know—with loose floppy ears and a big smile.
In fact, in most of our pictures my dog looks kinda sad. Or at least still and calm instead of joyous and frolicsome.
Is it me? Is it her? Or is something else making my dog look so sad?
When Honey Is Happy
Yesterday I walked Honey to the Farmer’s Market. She doesn’t get to go there very often.
Dogs aren’t allowed in the pavilion so I can’t do my shopping when she’s with me. And in the summer, it’s a madhouse. Has anyone else ever been to a farmer’s market so popular that they have staff directing traffic in the parking lot?
But yesterday was a perfect day to take her. It was cloudy, windy, cold, and occasionally raining. Which meant we had the path to the market almost to ourselves. And Honey got to express her inner joy in the form of off-leash zoomies.
I got a few bad pictures that by no means showed her happiness. And I tried to burn the sight of her joyfully running around into my memory.
But it got my thinking. It’s not that Honey isn’t happy. It’s that it’s nearly impossible to find photographic evidence of her happiness.
A Cash Prize To Anyone Who Can Capture A Photo Of My Happy Dog
I wonder if a good animal photographer could capture a happy picture of Honey? Because I’ve certainly done a rotten job of it.
And when I sit down and think about it, there are even a few reasons I don’t have happy Honey pictures that aren’t my fault.
- My camera is very slow. If Honey is moving, I won’t capture it.
- It’s almost always cloudy here. Making the camera even slower.
- Even with a good camera, I’m a horrible photographer.
- Honey doesn’t like the camera. With work, she’s accepted it more. But she’s not a natural model.
- I’m unable to take pictures during some of Honey’s happiest moments, like when she’s meeting strangers.
- Most of the time, Honey is serene instead of puppy crazy with joy.
I’m considering buying a new camera or video camera. That could help.
And maybe I’ll even spring for some professional pictures of Honey by a photographer capable of bringing out her joyful side.
My sweet girl is turning five years old in a few months. She’s getting her first grey hairs (interestingly, at the base of her tail, not on her muzzle). We won’t be together forever.
So maybe it’s time to put more effort into capturing Honey’s happy moments so I don’t look back at the thousands of pictures I’ve taken of her and ask myself, “Why does my dog look so sad?”
Your Turn: Can you capture your dogs moods in pictures? Or do you find you have thousands of pictures that don’t show all the things you love about your dogs?