Camera Shy

There is a certain irony to being owned by a camera-shy Westie, a dog breed that is one of the most photographed in the world. Many of my shots of Hildy are of her rear end, the result of calculated last-minute turns, or of the back of her little white head. The light this morning was what I call autumn, luring me outside to play with my camera and to create a little mischief with Hildy.  A toss of the beloved squeaker toy set the trap, and  despite the possibility  that I was waiting for her holding the evil thing that clicks, it was too much of a temptation for even the most wile Westie.

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    1. Thank you!! We have another little dog, a long-haired chihuahua named Bruiser, who is just as camera shy. I’m sure he was hovering and hiding right behind her. They are a quirky little pair!

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    1. Thanks, Sally. Hildy has a big personality in a small package, which is why it’s so frustrating when she runs from the camera. I’m glad I was able to trick her…after all it is Halloween!

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  1. Great shot. I must admit to not being a particular lover of domestic animal photographs normally. To be honest I’m almost addicted to photographing flowers and trees. This one captures a cheekiness though that even I found irresistible. The purple against the terracotta and the white of the dog against the blue door are perfect. The shadows like curtains just finish it off. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

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  2. Great capture of a special moment! When my dog was younger her best friend was a Westie. Mine was bigger but the Westie by virtue of her confidence and worldly wisdom was dominant. They loved to play together.

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  3. Awww, when I am ready for a dog, I will get another Westie. Mine was also camera shy! I guess it means they are smart enough to be somewhat self-aware? Or maybe, they are so full of self-esteem that they do not think anyone can capture their essence. lol

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    1. I remember your mentioning your sweet Westie, and can understand why you might consider another. Hildy is 11 and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down…and yes big self esteem in a small package!

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  4. Great picture!
    I used to have the rear end problem with herons and egrets, which are very plentiful around here. I solve the problem by carrying $5 bills with me when I go heron and egret hunting. Then I give a little kid (with mom & dad’s approval) $5 to walk around to the other side of the birds and “scare” them back towards me. Works every time. Now I have great pictures of herons and egrets walking and flying towards me!

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  5. Lovely story of a lovely dog and how catching is the title 🙂 My parents had a
    Westy too so i now there character what is very sweet and loving.
    We our selves had always big dogs. Our last 3 were Bullmastiffs. Last week we have to let our dog put down to sleep because he had a heart problem so now its just us (my husband and me) and our 2 cats. And it’s very silent in the house i tell you 🙂

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    1. Hi Ellen! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. So sorry to learn that your sweet dog was put down, never an easy thing. I know he loved you very much! Hope your house is not so quiet these days…cats have a way of making a silent, but still loud, noise!
      Take care,
      Elisa

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    1. Thank you! I’m convinced that my “camera shy” photo will go down as the my most popular shot on WordPress. I guess I’ll have to thank Hildy again and promise to keep the camera hidden for a while.

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  6. I was just scrolling through, but had to stop for this absolutely adorable shot. I see how you lured her out the door! Chuckle… Wonderful story in a picture. 🙂 I’m still trying to find my way around here. I like the new blog arrangement and the theme too. Beautiful work, Elisa!

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    1. Hildy is just a character, George. How many dogs need to be lured out the door? Normally she’d be knocking me over to get outside, but something about that camera! And thanks for noticing my most recent “change” I’m a little A.D.D. if you hadn’t noticed, can’t seem to leave things alone!

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