Scout, the wonder dog, was ecstatic when her “nieces,” Stella and Ivy, spent a few days here after Christmas. They were so cute in their exuberant romps that I thought it would be fun to have a picture of the three of them. Maybe I’d frame it and hang it over Scout’s food bowl or make little Valentine cards for her to send her friends.
It didn’t occur to me to try this until our kids were already packing their cars to leave. It’s iffy that I could even come up with a satisfactory photo of three stuffed toy dogs sitting together, so this live shoot had little chance of success. We gave it our best.
Scout didn’t have her collar on, so Dearly Beloved was trying to hold on and keep her still without pinching. Hah! Anesthesia wouldn’t have kept that dog still. There was lawn to be plowed, flowerpots to be destroyed, races to be won.
Ivy had an unusual new “do” this trip, which made her ears look like they’d grown four inches since her last visit. Her topknot had a personality of its own, allowing her to go from serenity to insanity in less than ten seconds.
That’s a chunk of a flowerpot she’s carrying–the spoils from an earlier tug of war.
Scout continued to exhibit the need for speed. Just because a dog has never broken the sound barrier doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tried.
Stella had already donned her sleek traveling coat for the return trip home. While Stella admittedly has barking issues (a fact confirmed by our neighbor’s overnight guests very early one morning and relayed to us), she has the commands Sit and Stay down cold.
Ivy was fascinated with that coat. Scout, meanwhile, was still doing her best Greyhound imitations–the dog and the bus.
Ivy assessed the situation and sat.
Dearly Beloved tried to bring Girl Scout into the picture. Uh oh.
Ivy checked out the coat again. “Can I have one like that, Mom?”
Out of all the photos, this one is the closest to having them do what I asked: Okay, everybody say CHEESE and look this way!
Sigh. We’ll try again. Maybe DB will work with Scout on her Sit/Stay command. My daughter sent a photo this week during the frigid temperatures. Looks like Ivy is already gearing up for next time. Literally.