Every Animal Has a Story to Tell
Every animal has a story to tell.
I remember meeting a yellow lab. It was on a train. He was wearing a tweed cap and smoking a pipe. After chatting for a bit gazing at the scenery he lowered his snout and looked at me with his piercing amber eyes and said, "The secret to life is not looking where you've been but watching where you're going. Because you never know when a car might come out of nowhere and, well, let's just say, that could be it kid."
With that he took another puff from his pipe and stared back out the window, not to speak again to me for the rest of the trip. When I woke up - yes from my dream, do you really think yellow labs just go around talking to me in real life? - I realized that animals don't just have personalities, they have awareness. They have dreams and desires, dilemmas and distrust - just like we do. They know things that we don't, they just have their own way of telling us.
Take Willow for example. She was in the studio this weekend. A beautiful (gorgeous is a better word) brindled Labrador mix. She was a very timid dog and had no problem telling me how she felt during the shoot, barking and shying away from me, burying her head wherever she could. But by the end she realized there was nothing to fear, realizing that the lights and camera weren't going to hurt her, and she opened up. What she said to me was, "Even when you think everyone is out to get you, you can still find time to relax."
She said it. Nobody else heard. Or maybe I was just dreaming.
She kept a close eye on me during the shoot.
But in the end her instinct to relax took over.
This dog has beautiful coloring and she seems to be very happy.
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