Dash looking happy after getting groomed by iPaw! They offer mobile grooming services in the Metro Manila area. I love how the groomers cut Dash’s hair and how they handled him. Plus, the owners take photos of your doggie, for no extra charge. And, if they have paper, they’ll print the photos for you after. Check out their FB page, they have so many cute client doggies🙂
Last month, Daddy D and I took Ally out for a walk in High Street. I decided to practice some of my pet photography skills (or lack thereof). It’s too bad Dash wasn’t able to join us. He was busy getting pampered in Alabang. On weekdays, I stay in the area, nearer to my office, and leave Dash with my family. I get extremely sad not seeing him all the time like I used to, but I know it’s better for him because I live alone. He’s happier there, where there are cats to chase, grass to roll in, and people to pamper him. I can’t wait until I get to see him every night again.
ANYWAY! Here are the pictures! It’s honestly still so hard for me to take really good shots of adorable Ally but I think these are some of her best photos yet! If anyone has any tips on how to take pictures of dogs, please, do share them!
Super excited for her walk! Her tongue kept lolling out the whole time!
Sitting all “ladylike” on the grass.. What a tongue, though!
A little slanty eyed, just like her daddy..
I like to call this move the SNARF-LICK
In Hobbes and Landes yet again.
Oh, look, another Alaskan Malamute! You can tell from the picture though that he’s checking someone else out..
Here’s also a semi-incriminating video.. well.. incriminating and embarassing for Ally. I just love the part where she looks up at him as if to say, “FML.”
GREAT NEWS! I got a job at a law firm and I started there earlier this week. Also.. Ally and Dash met last weekend! The bad news is.. DASH WAS INCREDIBLY RUDE! Daddy D wanted to surprise me by not announcing when he’d arrive at our house so Daddy D and Ally bounded in, and ran straight into Dash in a barking frenzy. The little guy is really quite territorial. He still barks sometimes when people come into my room unannounced, and when I’m at the condo he goes nuts when delivery boys arrive. It’s been hard for me to try to train him to stop because my mom and the other people in the house think it’s adorable when he barks. They think it’s really cute that he’s so matapang supposedly, or courageous.
I did what I could and immediately took the dogs outside to more neutral grounds. I did what was recommended in an article I read on the internet (will link it here for reference if I find it again) and asked D to go with me to take the two dogs for a walk. It actually went well while they were walking, but when I eventually took them back inside I noticed:
Dash sniffed Ally all the time and wouldn’t let her sniff him.
Ally looked really stressed most of the time. Her tail rarely left the space between her legs and her tongue was just hanging out the whole time. I tried to give her a doggie massage to let her relax a bit, and Dash responded by nipping me. Hard and deliberately. Seloso!
Dash barked and snapped at Ally whenever he thought she was making herself too comfortable in his little kingdom.
Dash stole Ally’s water, toys and food! And not just the treats that D brought over for Ally. Dash literally SWALLOWED Ally’s kibble. He managed to take about four pieces from Derick and swallowed them all at once.
Haayyyy. Next time I’m really keeping them together on neutral grounds. D really thought that Ally would dominate Dash if they met because she actually has boundless energy and could definitely take Dash in a fight. But it’s always important to understand that the way dogs interact with the world and with each other is really more psychological than physical. I’ll just have to keep trying to teach Dash some good manners. The two will eventually have to learn to tolerate each other. There’s no getting around that.
I’m also learning that the initially shy Dash is really quite territorial and a little ma-pride, not only matapang. I should’ve figured this out when he and Asti, our 7 year old diva Shih Tzu, met. Dash didn’t back down from Asti’s wild barking for one minute and proceeded to just make himself at home. They exchanged a few snaps, too, which I couldn’t believe Dash did considering that Asti qualifies as an overweight giant Shih Tzu. Now, Asti just mostly ignores his existence.
It’s too bad that I don’t have any pictures of Asti on hand. She’s a really beautiful dog and she knows it. The problem is, she HATES cameras, even cellphone cameras that don’t have flash or any lights of any sort. It’s really quite sad because she’s gorgeous even at 7 years old!
Anyway, here’s two pictures from Ally and Dash’s first meeting. These were taken in the evening because we didn’t have much time during the day.
Ally the sweetie pie! Without flash, you’ll never see her eyes, which are really quite cute. (I also want to clarify that the lady wearing pink from head to toe is not me, but my mother.)
I watched this cry cry but cute Japanese movie the other day and really enjoyed it. Socks is so cute! It’s based on the popular Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership email forward, I believe.
Note: Watch with a box of tissue handy!
For my reference, here’s the ten ‘promises’ from the movie:
1. Listen patiently to what I have to say.
2. Trust me, for I am always on your side.
3. Play with me a lot.
4. Don’t forget that I have feelings too.
5. Let’s never fight.
6. If I don’t obey you, I have a good reason.
7. You have school and friends. But I only have you.
8. Stay my best friend.
9. I’ll only live about 10 years so make every moment together count.
10. Never forget our life together. When my time comes please be by my side.