January 8, 2012

Patience Is A Virtue...

This is Sam. Haughty, talented, new grandpa Sam. He belongs to Tag's trainer, Mike and his wife, Joann. I call him "Grandpa" because as he's resting in the front yard, a new litter of 18 hour old puppies, sired by his son, was cuddled up to their mama in the kennel.

When we first took Tag over to start his training program, we stayed overnight. On Thanksgiving Day, the weather was gorgeous and Sam was basking in the yard taking in a little Florida sunshine. Well, you just know I had to go and grab my camera.

Now, I'll admit to you that I didn't want to disturb Sam, so I was sitting on the floor in the entry to the house...shooting through the glass into the yard. In fact, I was leaning forward to shoot between the shutters on the front door that cover the glass. I know I should be ashamed, but I am more than happy with the quality of the images I took. (Lucky for me that glass was clean!)
I actually think that, in spite of my efforts, Sam knew I was watching (and photographing) him...and he didn't seem too impressed.

Matter of fact, he seemed a little haughty, if you ask me. Nose in the air and all. Or perhaps, he could smell his grandkids or "training" going on in the back yard.
"I'm thinking if I don't look at her, maybe she'll go away."
"I could close my eyes. No one likes pictures with my eyes closed."
But, I know this works. Keep snapping photos. I mean, with a digital camera, images are cheap. Just add more pixels to the memory. I have to be patient. Because, if I'm patient, I get the "money shot". That perfect image of my subject. His Royal Highness, Mr. Sam.
And to make sure I'd go away after he gave me what I was looking for...he shook his head, flipping his ear up.  Flip being the operative word. "Go away kid. You're bothering me."
 

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Kris said...

Wonderful photos, Donna, especially through glass!! And very fun commentary!! Mr. Sam is a bute!! Pretty soon Tag will be home!! Woo! Hoo!! Kris

Debra @ Common Ground said...

He's a pretty handsome old guy! Great photos Donna. I can't believe Tag's been at camp all this time! Have fun when he gets home! xoxo

STILO BASICO said...

O Sam fez belas caras , parabéns pelas fotos.

beijos

The Farmer's Attic said...

Hi Donna,

Love those photos! I felt like I was watching a film shoot. If you scroll through at the right speed, it's as if you can actually see his head move. Great job!!!

Lucy

Michelle May said...

He's too sweet! Laughed hard at the last photo and his "flip!" Hilarious!
Great photos girlfriend!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

There's just something soothing about watching a relaxing dog.

I love it when I catch Junior napping while his head is up, then he just kind of nods and snaps away and looks around to see if anyone saw it.
xx, Carol

Sue said...

I got such a chuckle out of your Sam! He does look a little haughty in the photos but that's what makes them so charming. He's a beauty!

I've noticed your Farmer's Wife Quilt-along coming up in Feb. Would it be alright if I joined ? I've been dying to make the Farmer's Wife blocks/quilt!

Have a beautiful day!
Sue

Chris said...

Beautiful photos, Donna. Isn't Sam a handsome guy! My favorite photo shots are always the unexpected.

Queenie Believe said...

Ahhhh the magestic beast in his natural lounging habitat. :o)
Have a great day,
Always, Queenie

Gems said...

Some fantastic photographs, and what a contented looking dog, Gems.

Minimiss said...

What classic photos. Amazing how a look can say it all.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

So glad that you got these shots, Donna. He's wonderful! Love the shots with his eyes closed...we should follow his lead and spend some time relaxing in the sun.
And what a look in the pic before the 'flip'! You'd been busted. :)

Patty said...

Ahh the life of Riley, basking in the sun enjoying a well deserved rest.

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