This is my pup. Well, he's not really a pup at all, he's ten years old but we call him pup and as you can see, the camera adores him. Unfortunately, the love doesn't flow both ways; he hates the camera. Which is a shame as when I get a new piece of kit, he's normally the first one that I try it out on. He can be chilled out, pretty much comatose to be honest, sprawled on the floor in a pool of sunshine and yet as soon as I pick up my camera to capture the moment, it's as though he has an in-built Canon alarm which promptly starts to ring in his head and he scurries off somewhere else, throwing me a triumphant backward glance. I'm sure he's also inwardly giving me the paw.
Over the years he's been very accommodating, putting up with Santa hats, tinsel, wigs, bunny ears and crocheted baby hair bands to name but a few, all very gamely I must say and much to my husband's very vocal disgust. 'He's a dog, he doesn't need a wig! Poor boy, he looks embarrassed................' This is always prior to the very swift removal of the offending item. To be fair, I never thought the pup looked embarrassed, although there could have been a very slight rolling of a doggy eye on occasion.
Anyway, I digress. Animals, and particularly pets, can be be a challenge to photograph. After years of photographing him, I took this whilst testing out some new kit last week and I think it's my favourite photo of him ever. There's no fancy set up; this was taken laying on the landing floor with him. He still won't look at the camera, but in this there's a certain resignation about him that says 'OK, take a photo if you must.' I love it because it shows that he's started to go ever so slightly salt and peppery around his eyes, shows off his Mr Wu eyebrows to good effect and it's captured the look that he gets when he's fed up; not really looking at you (that'll be the stubborn terrier streak), but head turned sufficiently in your direction to be able to keep an eye on you without actually having to move his head. 'Cos despite the fact that he likes to think he's a tough, independent pooch, there nothing he likes more than sitting on my knee for snuggles. And there's nothing that I like more either :)