with apache :: da ‘brook, nh :: august 13, 2008
Cesar Milllan, aka The Dog Whisperer,claims that dogs live in the moment.
I think that’s true. They have memories, yes, and they know things (like how to spell), but they still live in the moment.
Little Man is a perfect example. Where Arsey is needy and obnoxious about it, Apache is more likely to stay at a distance and watch. If it’s time for lovin’, he lets you know. He’ll rub up against your legs and give you the butt. He doesn’t like to have his head touched, but when it’s time, you can’t get his butt out of your face. Then there are moments like the one above.
I was playing with my new tripod and remote for the Nikon before heading to CT last week. I had been messing with Arsey because she’s easy to work with. (She’s yours for the low, low price of a cookie.) Apache’s a lot harder to work with, so I was letting him do his thing. I was laying on the floor, getting Arsey to look cute when I got attacked.
I can’t tell you how hard it was to get this picture, but moments like this are fleeting. As soon as the shutter snapped, he was back across the room, watching us.
With Apache, life is very much about that moment… the one minute out of several hundred when he must have lovin’ and will NOT be denied.
If he can give himself that freely to me for even a short time, I think I can let my walls down a little farther, a little more often.