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Christmas Photo Op

I'll admit that I was never much for taking pictures of the critters but then Rio came along and I take hundreds of pictures now. Maybe it's b/c I've wanted a Dane for so long and now that I finally have one it's like it's still not real and the pictures are my "proof". For whatever reason, I desperately need a new camera. The one I have is ancient and never took good pictures (especially inside) and my only other option is my cell phone....let's face it, phones aren't meant to take fantastic pictures.

Anyway, I signed up for Dane's Online Holiday Card Exchange. The last 2 years, my mom has designed cards for me (these are last years cards). Unfortunately, she wasn't able to make me any this year, time-frame and she's having difficulty getting PhotoShop to work on her PC. So this year, I just bought cards (Scooby Doo in fact :-D) and then wanted to include pictures of the mutts.

I removed the baby-gate from around the tree, removed the area rug and pushed the couch back as far as it would go to increase the chances of getting the whole tree AND dogs in the picture. John isn't a photographer (neither am I for that matter) but I wished I'd thought to have him take the pictures on the dogs level, instead of looking down at them. Oh well, they still turned out decent for a first-timer.

I had envisioned them sitting politely in front of the tree, both looking at me as I snapped the picture. That didn't work out quite as I planned. Rio would be sitting politely, but Katie would be getting up and moving OR Katie would be sitting pretty and Rio would look like he was beaten. There was a lot of "sit" and "stay" and "waits" uttered. A lot of awkward poses of me trying to get them to look at the camera (phone) while John snapped pictures over my head. And a lot of dancing trying to get them in 'just the right pose'. It ended up taking 2 hot dogs, 2 bully sticks and John taking picture after picture to finally find one that would do. (It doesn't help that I'm a perfectionist, ugh.)

In the end, I think we got a lot of equally good shots in their own right. Some really cute/good ones of Katie and Rio separate and really good ones of the two together.


As you can see in these pictures, Rio is done. He's wanting his treat and pouting b/c I've made him "stay".

Katie says "Ok, I'm done. Where's my treat?!"

Then my sister took 3 of them and added a border and greeting to them. The first one is the one I eventually decided on to send with the cards. Thanks again Vanessa! I love them!

And here's a couple "victory shots" of Katie enjoying her bully stick in front of the Christmas Tree. Rio, at that point, had ran for the hills with his "spoils". LOL

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!


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