This week’s theme is feets, and I decided to show another of Maigee’s favorite tasks (well part of a task). She does paws up either on my lap or on my stomach for a variety of tasks. She also does it when I want to give her a good scratch behind the ears without bending over. I thought it would be appropriate to show a picture of her paws in a paws up position for this week’s photo challenge.
Five years ago, I first met an adorable dog at the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control and she came home with me. At the time, I had no idea what a huge part she’d play in my life – both as a companion and eventually as a service dog. I decided to take a journey down memory lane with pictures from the past five years. They aren’t really in any particular order though.
The change in Maigee from off-duty to on-duty is incredible and never ceases to amaze me. Sure, she still has occasional moments when she messes up, but overall, her behavior is superb. She can be so serious and yet her tail is usually wagging as she loves her job. I thought a picture of her working would be appropriate to fit this week’s theme of “This is My Serious Face.”
I took my camera along on a doctor appointment and snapped a shot of her waiting patiently under my chair. Her attention is off to the side, as she watches cars come and go from the parking lot. Compare this to the snow play day pictures from a few weeks ago, and you can see the difference between “work mode” and “play mode.”
The person who was posting the topics for the 52 Weeks of Dogs challenge has left the forum where they were being posted, so unless I decide to just randomly take pictures, this will probably be my last post.
My sock collection has grown quite a bit since last year!
The theme for this week’s dog photo challenge is “Favorite Toy,” which is perfect timing because one of Maigee’s favorite toys is socks and today is Crazy Sock Day! You can visit last year’s post to read a bit more about crazy sock day, or you can go to the Facebook event for the 3rd Annual Crazy Sock Day or like the Crazy Sock Day page.
I first discovered Maigee’s love for socks after I brought her home. I would take my socks off and leave them on the floor and next thing I knew, one or both would be moved. Never chewed, just moved around. She does like to shake them, I think she likes the floppiness of them. She also love floppy toys like the unstuffed raccoon and skunk she has. Her favorite though, is when I throw them and she can retrieve them. Though she still thinks it is fun to stand on one end and pull them!
Picture for Week 4: Favorite Toy
Because of her love for socks, I decided that it might be fun to teach her to take my socks off for me. Though this is likely a task for some, I’m able to take my socks off myself, so it isn’t a service dog task for me. But it was a lot of fun to train, and was the first chain of 4 commands I taught her (grab the sock, pull, return it to me, release). She loves doing it, as you can see in the video below.
The other animals didn’t want to be left out of crazy sock day (except the fish, they don’t really care about socks or anything except food), so I did some pictures of everyone else enjoying crazy socks too.
My three baby bunnies thought socks made perfect sleeping bags, warm and snuggly!
Zac was really hoping the orange sock would taste like carrots (he says they didn’t).
And Mr. Jingles? Well, he wants to tell you what he thinks of them himself in his own video…
Tyler thought he might like to play with socks.
Jessie thought they made perfect ear warmers in this cold weather
And me? Well, I’m boring and just wore my socks like a normal human.
This week’s theme was nearly as difficult, but for a very different reason than last week. The theme was to catch a picture of your dog napping. Though it sounds quite simple, it is difficult when you have a dog who pretty much wakes up any time you move. She has to be very sound asleep to not hear me moving around to get a picture of her, so I’m making due with the closest thing I could get, a picture of her seconds after she heard me grab the camera and woke up. Before this, she had her nose tucked neatly under her fluffy tail, making herself into an adorable ball.
I’m running behind on my photos for the week because I spent most of last week trying various Photoshop techniques to try to eliminate the creepy eyes that tend to show up when I take pictures of Maigee. I finally got a picture for this week’s theme, which is to take a portrait of your dog, but I’m really not happy with it.