A few days ago I tried, yet again, to get a portrait of the three hounds together. I thought a box of Wheat Thins would be the way to go, since all three of them crave the things. So out I went with the bright yellow box, and out the three of them followed.
They stood very still for me individually, knowing that after roughly 4 or 5 clicks they'd get a reward. Here's how their portrait session went…
No-no, Yorkie – don't look at the box. Look at me!
Don't look so inconvenienced.
Besides, you look cute with that snowflake on your face.
Okay, I want all three of you together. Together now, okay? Come on, let's go!
Thanks, Tasha.. now you come here too, Yorkie!
Oh, okay.. um, that's great Friday, but I called the Yorkie, and I need you to back up a bit.
Yes, good boy. I know you're waiting. But I need the Yorkie.
Yes! Thank you! Progress.
Perfect! Stay there! (Tasha, why is your eye twitching?)
Okay, Friday, come on over!
That means you have to get up and move.
And don't look so inconvenienced.
This is the best you can do?
I give up.
Did you dogs ever see the Beethoven movie? The one with the killer vet? Yeah, I'm calling him to do your rabies shots.
This isn't over.