Going to the dogs...

Not sure why but my readership has been sky rocketing the last several months, so I want to let the new folks know that on weekends it's not uncommon for me to "wander off the reservation" and post something (way) off the topic from photography.

Today is just such a day.

Someone sent me a "Dogs Ten Commandments" and it made me think about my dogs and how essentially it's their world and they let me live in it.


It was not that long ago that I thought "dogs are stupid", you couldn't go away without either taking them with you or finding a sitter, get up in the middle of the night to let them out, take them on walks, and don't get me started in picking up their "little gifts".

So needless to say, I was NEVER going to be a dog owner.

But seven years ago our daughters REALLY wanted a dog, mind you we had gotten them every pet you can imagine in an effort to avoid that very thing, but gerbils won't fetch, cats are too cool for people and goats, well they just smell way too bad and hate it when you put ribbons in their hair.

I finally caved and got a miniature schnauzer as it's small and doesn't shed.

Well 30 seconds into dog ownership I realized the error of my ways. I loved my dog.

Two years later we got another schnauzer and just last year we rescued a third.

We put in a pellet stove and our first dog, Bonnie, can be found daily warmer her buns in front of the fire and has no problem letting me know when the pellets are getting low.

I got my wife this canvas (of Bonnie ~ Cali ~ Gracie) for Christmas because the last things she sees every time she leaves the house are these three little faces peering out from between the fence posts begging her to stay.

People who don't have dogs will think the following is goofy (no pun intended, well, maybe a little), dog owners will appreciate it though (unless of course you are Michael Vick):

A Dogs Ten Commandments.........

1. Before you take me home know that my life is likely to last 10-15 years, so please be sure you are in it for the long haul.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me

3. Place your trust in me. I will always trust you.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.

5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you and any separation from you is painful.

6. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

7. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be wrong. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I’ve been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old.

10. When it is time for me to “go on ahead”, please stay with me. Don’t say “I can't bear to watch” because I won’t want to face it alone. Everything is easier for ME if you are there, because I love you so.


Rick said...

Scott....your readership is up as more people see your fun and informative blogs!....Keep up the great work!.....Rick

Scott said...


Your words are both kind and appreciated.


Legacy Photography said...

I follow your blog daily because in many ways you make me think about photography in different ways than what I had before. You help to ground me, and keep me focused. (pun intended)

Keep up the great work. My pets and I appreciate it.

Josiah E. said...

To be honest Scott, you readership is up because you have a simply awesome blog! I love coming here for inspiration and practical tips that both help me take better pictures but also help me to stay inspired.

Check out my Photo A Day Blog if you would like to see what I am up to photographically.

Michelle R. Slape said...

I was recently forwarded your blog by a friend and find your tips very useful!

This one included! We just brought home a mini schnauzer puppy last month. =)

Jason Anderson said...

Whenever Tracy and I read a story that tugs at the waterworks, we quickly cover our eyes, and claim that it's a "Stupid story..."

Stupid blog post *hurriedly covers eyes*

Miguel Palaviccini said...

Scott, don't take this the wrong way, but this is, in my opinion, your best post :). If you haven't noticed, most of the pictures that I have posted on the flickr group are of my dog Ollie. He's one of the best things that has happened to me and I can't imagine a day without him.

Regarding #5 ... it works the other way too. Separation is painful both ways :). I write this as Ollie is lying on my legs (he loves to be touching people when he sleeps).

Regarding #6. This one is funny ... not only do I talk to him, but I talk for him. Ok, maybe a little much, but he says some funny things with his gestures and I can only image that the words that I put to those gestures are what he is really thinking!