KODAK MOMENT | MONDAY MISCHIEF

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Come a little closer, let me share a little secret –

Lately, I’ve been trying “desperately” to improve my photography skills. Truth be told, BH (Before Harley) I’ve never really had that much interest. Blogging and writing have gotten me excited about it and like millions of others with a camera I too am always searching for that one and only Kodak Moment.

Hands down, Harley is my favorite image when I’m looking through the lens these days.  I love using him as my subject. I’m always hoping, praying, and wishing for that “one and only” picture – and every time I think I’ve got it, I run through the house, like a kid who just spotted the ice cream man, yelling for Doodle Dad: “Hey hon, look at this!”#yesheindulgesme!

I love it when he cooperates!

I love it when he cooperates!

The other day I wanted to use Harley (yes I said “use”) in a series of photos out on the lawn. The fall foliage that covered the ground was exquisite. There was little to no wind and the sky – my goodness, the sky was so blue it didn’t even look real!  Everything was going my way – or so I thought.

But on this particular day, Harley had no intentions of doing anything I asked. He wasn’t having it. Today was his day to do things his way, all day!

Let me tell you what happened –

As soon as we went outside, he grabbed his stick…

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Oh, forgive me, are you familiar with the story about Harley and his stick?

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Months ago while I was gone, Harley and Doodle Dad did some tree trimming in the backyard. He worked very hard that day helping “tote” a few branches from the backyard to the front (well almost) until he came across this one branch. It was “doodle love” at first sight and this branch has now become his favorite source of outdoor entertainment.

He carries it, rolls around with it, does all sorts of tricks, and will spend quality time with this thing. But here’s the problem, I didn’t really want “Mr. Stick” in my series of photos this time!

With the camera up to my nose, focused and ready to take a shot, I tried to explain this to him. Imagine my surprise when I saw him stick his tongue out at me – on purpose #yeshedid

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Like an Alvin Ailey dancer cued to the music only he could hear – Harley gave me my Kodak moment, as he and Mr. Stick performed their dance routine for me…

 The Tango 
Check out that form....

Check out that form….

 The Hustle 
Notice how he spins his partner around...

Notice how he spins his partner around…

 The Turn 
Partner's posture is nice and straight!

Partner’s posture is nice and straight!

 His Bow 
The End!

The End!

I guess a Kodak moment comes in various ways, not always the way you imagined.

Make today the best day *for somebody else*

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24 Comments
  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    November 10, 2014

    Oh I think the photos with Mr. Stick are awesome! I love the dance. My dog Kelsey had a favorite stick once, too.

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Susan, I’m finding out from more pup parents that sticks are in!

  • Sue
    November 10, 2014

    LOL Fantastic photos and pawsome dancing 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Thanks Sue, stop by again soon.

  • Jan K
    November 10, 2014

    He really loves that stick….great photos! Harley apparently knew better than you did what you needed! I think sometimes the best photos come when we least expect them. My “photo shoots” rarely go well, but it’s when I’m able to grab the camera to capture some special moments that I didn’t expect, that I often get my best photos.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      I agree Jan, I can’t seem to understand anything I read about camera focusing and lens, etc… I’m just going to go with the flow, and love what I see. Translation? Magazines won’t be calling me LOL. Thanks for reading, stop by again soon.

  • Raven
    November 10, 2014

    That’s a great story. Harley really loves playing with that stick and it did give you some great photos & memories. http://tales.indulgedfurries.com/

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Yea! Happy to hear your enjoyed it! Yes, Harley is obsessed with this crazy stick!

  • Emma
    November 10, 2014

    Sometimes Mom has a dumb photo idea, so I show her what I’ve got in mind and she is often pleasantly surprised! What cute photos, Harley!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Is that what you think Harley is doing Emma? Showing me a different approach? Very interesting concept there!

  • It's Dog or Nothing
    November 10, 2014

    These are the best kind of moments! Harley is so photogenic.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Thanks so much, I love “all” the moments too!

  • Talent Hounds
    November 10, 2014

    SO FLUFFY! Great story too. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Thanks Talent Hounds. I’m letting his hair grow out for the winter. Not sure how long I will last (because I’m doing the brushing!) Glad you enjoyed the story.

  • Jackie Bouchard
    November 10, 2014

    Too funny. Isn’t it frustrating when they have their own plans and don’t want to get with the program, no matter how well we explain it? 🙂 Rita has a favorite stick too. Carried it home from a walk and loves itso much!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Jackie, it’s become his “go to” toy whenever we’re outside in the front of the house. Even the neighbors know not to throw it away – so sad….

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    November 10, 2014

    That is one happy dog with a stick!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      Mr. N, it makes me wonder why I buy toys!

  • LeeAnna Paylor
    November 11, 2014

    Harley is a great dancer, and looks like a flute player.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      That’s a good one LeeAnna, He does resemble a flute player….

  • Chelsea Price
    November 11, 2014

    This cracked me up! Harley has some crazy good moves with that stick dancing partner! 😀

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 11, 2014

      He’s a regular Fred Astaire Chelsea!

  • Lee
    November 16, 2014

    Harley being Harley!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 18, 2014

      Always Doodle Dad, always!

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