I always take my time naming my family members. If they already have a name they know and respond to I won't change the name. Cleveland had been a stray and the rescue group had saved him from euthanasia (killing due to over crowding) from a city shelter.
Cleveland suffered from separation anxiety and it took almost a year for him to become confident. He had thyroid and liver problems. And he got pretty fat - more to love.
Cleveland would always smile for the camera. He let me put visors and hats on him and would sit a pose with a smile. I wish I still had the picture of him wearing a Hawaiian shirt and visor. Sadly my computer with my treasured photos (and better photos than these) is gone and so are most of my pictures of the dogs.
Not all of my dogs will pose, Jax runs when he sees the camera and I haven't a clue why. But Cleveland always posed and was the only one that smiled, always.
|Cleveland and Tansy|
Do your dogs smile? Doesn't it make your heart happy?