It’s been a few minutes since I got outside with my camera.
It was at the Nikon hospital in California for much of November and December, waiting for a part, and then when the new year struck, I was so focused on Bella and her recovery from TPLO surgery that photo shoots with dogs didn’t seem a priority.
See her at rehab last week?
But man, did my shutter release finger get itchy last week!
I convinced my good friend Vicki we both needed some time outside so we had a playday with her golden retriever in Spokane Valley.
A stroll around Mirabeau Point Park
Desi has been in front of my lens a few times. In fact, that’s her with Bella on the homepage. The two are great hiking buddies because they couldn’t give two shits about each other. They say hi, have a few minutes of play and then want to hit the trails.
Bella couldn’t come this time, though. She’s only permitted two to three five-minute walks a day right now.
That isn’t quite enough for me. Even though I’m nursing a high ankle sprain.
Sidebar: I had one person say to me, “You know, you can go for a hike without Bella?” And I replied, “WHAT KIND OF A MONSTER ARE YOU?”
We hit all my favorite spots and Desi, who is normally about as serious as brain surgery, had a giant smile on her face.
Both Vicki and I know how to make it work, though.
Treats and a ball.
We had her chase that ball.
We had her sit and pose.
We got her nose closeup. (One of my favorite parts of a dog.)
And we went to my favorite rocks.
She never stopped smiling, like most golden retrievers we know.
All around the circle
It’s only good news from here on out. Bella has her followup X-rays next month and if all goes well, we should be back on the trails by late April.
Yes, we will be having a hiking party with friends.
In the meantime, I’m
plotting world domination planning the rest of the year that is going to feature some pretty fun fundraising announcements, a trip to Orlando next month for Global Pet Expo and lots of hikes.
So. Many. Hikes.
Now let’s see how my pet photographer friends had some play time in the blog circle.
Start with Syracuse NY photographer Nancy of Nancy Kieffer Photography sharing some playtime fun.
Click the link at the bottom of Nancy’s post to continue through the circle. When you get back here to Desi’s play day in Spokane Valley, that’s when you know you’re home.
Right where you belong.
And if you’re ready to have your adventure session, book a free consultation with me to get started.