Coraline is so challenging to capture when she’s in motion.
It’s even more challenging to try to get both dogs in focus in the same shot.
This next one is the best of the bunch I took the other day, and even though neither of them are truly in focus, they’re both close, and their facial expressions make it worth it.
This weekend the dogs were running around the back yard, and despite the weather being much cooler (finally!) Brodie still got tired out pretty quickly.
Here he is making his way back to me for some ear-skritches and a moment to pant. That one blurry front paw tells you there’s still some pep in his step!
One of the tricks we taught Coraline is to sit pretty, or sit up balanced on her back legs.
This photo isn’t great, but it shows her sitting pretty, waiting for a treat from Karl. Brodie is way too beefy to do this trick (also possibly too old to learn it) so he is only asked to sit for his treat (we don’t really have to ask – he knows that sitting is his way of saying please). Coraline is also good at walking around on her back legs when she thinks she could be getting a treat, but she needs to be in the right mood and it’s challenging to photograph.
Also, yes, that is a Boston Terrier-shaped hook on the wall holding all the leashes and Coraline’s car harness. We are BT-addicted.
Brodie and Coraline love a good game of wap. This is one game that they can actually successfully play together for more than a few minutes.
Whichever dog starts the game usually picks up a wap and starts to shake-and-kill it, which attracts the attention of the other one. Who chases it around as fast as possible, hence Coraline’s blurriness in this photo:
Then they bring it to the nearest human and wait for it to be thrown. (Note Coraline’s ridiculous half-on/half-off the step sit.)
Catch it! (No one ever actually catches it.)
Then comes the portion of the game where they both try to hold the SAME EXACT PIECE of the wap in their mouths at the same time. This often results in much less cute situations involving friendly growling (Brodie is vocal when he’s playing, and now Coraline has learned to imitate him, though her growl is extremely wimpy and adorable) and smoosh-faces smooshed together.
Brodie gets tired out more easily these days, but he’s something like twelve years old! So we cut him some slack.
With a face like this, how could you not?
One of the favorite toys around our house is the wap. It’s great for playing the shake and kill game, as well as tug of war. Now that Coraline is teaching Brodie how to play games like the latter, we’re seeing more independent (e.g.: not requiring us) play. Yay!
Of course they don’t always play in a way that makes sense. Coraline likes to grab the wap as close as possible to the place where Brodie is biting it, which in turn makes him get all growly and over-possessive. Baby steps.
Sometimes she gets it and grabs the other end, though.
After awhile she usually gets tired of this game and abandons it for a different toy. That suits Brodie just fine as he can then spend some quality time slobbering the wap within an inch of its life.
He looks so dignified, but we know better.
One of the auto settings on my new camera is for situations in which the subject will be moving quickly. It can shoot a bunch of photos right in a row – perfect for Coraline!
At this point I’m just blinding shooting with this setting – just taking a buttload of photos and seeing what turns out. So far, the results are at least amusing if nothing spectacular.
I like the way that Brodie and Coraline are in quite similar positions in this one:
Hahaha! Who knew Brodie’s back legs went like that?
In this last one, I like to think that Coraline is creeping around on tip-toe on her back legs.
Coraline is now eight months old (halfway to nine!) and she’s starting to gain just slightly more focus, though she’s still extremely distractable. We’ve been continuing to try to make as much time as possible for her to run around, incorporating frisbee and other games when we can. It’s been frustratingly rainy this summer and fall, but we’ve had some good days recently. Brodie has continued to learn how to play with her, and while he’s not 100% where we’d hope for him to be, he’s doing pretty darn well all things considered. He’ll grab a toy and stand near her, hoping that she will chase him around with it.
She is happy to do so.
Brodie, on the other hand, does just a little bit of running and is then pretty much done with it. At eleven-ish years old, how can you blame him? Note: he wasn’t actually sleeping standing up here, but he was getting pretty close.
When Coraline runs, she goes SO FAST.
She’s also really good at banking around turns, and there are often times when none of her feet are touching the ground.
Even when she’s running (or maybe especially when?), she’s still got crazy-face.
Brodie, there’s a crazy dog behind you!
This next shot just kills me. Brodie has such a wacko expression, and Coraline appears to be giving him the shifty eye.
He does run sometimes!
Such a pretty girl! She’s starting to look less puppy-ish and more like a grown-up dog. Still cute though.
Our dogs are always expressive, which means a lot of the time they are silly. The other day I was out with them in the backyard trying to get a few photos of them, but they were not particularly cooperative. Coraline kept chewing on grass, as she loves to do:
She is such a goofball.
Brodie, however, was not amused:
Poor little old man.
While Coraline likes to sit in the grass and chew on things, Brodie is unlikely to lie down outside without first flailing wildly, shaking his entire self on the grass.
Boy, you can really tell we hadn’t cut the grass in awhile from that perspective, eh?
He is a lot less photogenic than his young counterpart these days, but his laid-back (and trustworthy! no accidents in the house or chewing on inappropriate things for this guy) behavior keeps him on the A list.
We were running the sprinkler in the back yard the other day and before he turned the water off, Karl adjusted it so that it was just barely sprinkling so the dogs could take a drink. They loved it!
It was so cute. Brodie’s a little more dainty, since he doesn’t like getting his face wet.
Coraline has no such qualms. Think her tongue could be any longer?
And the obligatory crazy-eyes shot of Coraline:
She’s definitely into having a drinking fountain.