It isn't always easy to be brave.
It can be really hard work to be brave.
Late Day Model
She's a nice dog, but suffers from a lot of fears and anxiety. Much of it surrounding heavy commercial vehicles; dump trucks, the garbage guys, UPS, oil delivery, school bus....you get the idea.
She isn't really afraid of the camera, she just doesn't particularly like it. There are many things she doesn't particularly like, but has to work around: plastic grocery bags, the broom, people reaching their hands out to meet her (she likes meeting people who are sitting down and ignoring her-it normally takes 15 min +), things that move suddenly. Anything "different" than her normal routine.
I have a gazillion photos of her in this pose. She waits while I'm taking snaps, of her or anything else really. No eyes toward my camera.
Here's the same pose in the opposite direction-sometimes it helps create a photo though. Thank you Scooby Doo, Skipper Joe, Valentine, Lady Bug, Tip, Toop, Tula Tu, Tula Dot and the other parade of names you've collected.
I caught this one the other night when she was already on her bed. I took about 10, most had ears back and eyes averted. She was sort of "trapped". Getting off the bed would have been more bother than just enduring me and "that damn camera again." Honestly, I don't subject her to it very often.
Lest you feel sorry and sad for this dog. Don't. She's got it really, really good. Walks in the woods or on the beach, plenty of food, spoiling on each visit to Grandmother's house, almost everyday spent in the office with me-she's got it rich.
And every once in awhile I'll catch her in a mood that I often see, but that gets tucked away when another person enters the scene.
Each time I'm having an anxiety day-and I get them with enough frequency to know-I think how brave she must be to deal with a high level of anxiety most of the time.
That's brave, even though she's not dancing in the streets like the folks on the video.
Linking with Kathy at "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" for Sunday's fun Songography.