We woke up to snow this morning! Snow that actually stuck! Yippie!
It's ended now and I presume that it will all melt away soon.
Bartles was sleeping for most of the morning but he got up and started to wander around and I figured it would be the perfect time to lure him out for a quick photo session. He did so well!
The trick with Bartles (and most dogs) is treats (squeaky toys comes in a close second, for dogs who go bonkers for them). And the smaller the treat the easier it is to handle when taking pictures.
I had a bag of Zuke's mini naturals (one of Bartles' favorites) in my left pocket and a bag of little pieces of ham in my right in case Bartles did his business while we were out (turkey and ham cold cuts are his high level treats that he gets whenever he has a successful pee and potty session).
I know I made such a big hurrah in the beginning of the post, but snow actually isn't my favorite (I blame Syracuse - I think I experienced so much snow there during college to last me a lifetime). But first snow of the year is always exciting and while not my favorite, it is actually one of my favorite backgrounds to have when taking pictures of guest dogs (and it was a favorite with Piri aside from cherry blossoms, which gave such wonderful color - grass is actually my least favorite!). There is something about the lighting when it snows that makes for a pretty ambiance. So of course there was a reason to lure Mr. Bartles out. I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to have a first photo session with the first snow of the year.
You know these firsts give me different feelings - firsts with Bartles is a great joy but they are also firsts without Piri, which still makes me my heart hurt. It's been an interesting time trying to navigate these contradicting emotions and I think it will continue to be this way for a while.
After this first photo shoot, Bartles made himself comfortable on top of a soft blanket and went off to sleep, which was perfect time for me to edit the photos. I actually started this post a few hours ago and since starting, Bartles went out a few more times, had a successful potty session outside and got to enjoy ham, had a meal, peed in his diaper (he was up and about but I read his signals wrong), ate some treats and now is off to dream land again.
He sure does keep me busy, this one. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Here's to more camera time, Bartles!