This pic is another one that I couldn’t bring myself to condemn to the darkness of oblivion. The focus was way off but I loved the smiles on both their faces, so I’m having another go at the pictorialist style of portraiture.
There’s a story to this shot…
Buddy is a rescued dog. We found him sheltering under a small bridge near the local river… crocodiles live there. He’d been dumped with a few handfuls of dried cat food and no water (the river is saline). It took Jack (our cattle dog cross) and I five days to gain his trust, but eventually he decided to come home with us. As far as we can tell, he’s a pure bred Mini Fox Terrier, and probably about 2 or 3 years old. He has a scar on his neck and a gravelly bark, that shows that he’s been de-barked. He wasn’t very good at walking on a lead or any other basic training, and didn’t have wonderful social skills… either with people or other dogs. When we found him he had no idea of the concept of play, and would fret whenever we played with the other dogs. He won’t play with balls, sticks, chew toys… anything. But now he’s devised his own game. He runs very fast towards you and then… very gently… jumps up so that he can cuddle you with his feet. It’s not much of a game, but he seems to enjoy it. I love his smile in this picture. It says ‘Thank you for loving me.’
Layered Up group’s ‘A tribute to your best bud and pet!’ challenge – 23 Jun 2010