... in his natural environment (a shop window). Alternative title: "Mini-burger for take-away" (as we jokingly refer to these small dog races). The animal is real, since it made an attempt at something that remotely reminded us of barking.
Don't get us wrong: We love dogs and have lived with them for most of our lives. But as hard as we try, we cannot take anything smaller than a spaniel seriously. At least we are tired of watching female celebrities carrying around their dogs in designer handbags as if they were another accessory.
Our German friends are now free to think of the comedian Michael Mittermeier and his 'vision' of what he would like to do to a Pekingese in an air plane... keyword: 'High-pressure toilet: You can flush it, even if it's that big and furry' ;-).
Have a great weekend and thank you for your much appreciated comments on yesterday's picture! We guess the colored version won the votes ;-).
Insert standard [the moral decadence of the western society, etc.] diatribe here.
Now, for the photo itself (that's what this is all about right?), I find it a little too crowded with items. The display with a necklace, for instance, could go and that would make the photo much cleaner.
Yes, a heavy crop would have ???improved??? the pic but some of the fun would have gone. That window-designer-dog has done well in selecting items that match his coloring but they should never have hired anything smaller than a Spaniel (q.v.). AG @ 2006-April-28 10:57
I agree about the fashion to carry around a tiny dog are really weird. eterisk @ 2006-April-28 11:43
Excellent tones and sharpness. This is a very fine shot. Regards, Brent Brent Vermilyea @ 2006-April-28 12:16
Really cute dog. Erik @ 2006-April-28 22:37
Oh my, what a cute little dog! cheers ;) david kleinert @ 2006-April-29 02:41
You have to admit, he's got a pretty mushy little face. Cute little thing. That said, if I'm carrying anything in my handbag, it'll be my camera, not my pooch ;) Christine @ 2006-April-29 04:29
Soooooo cute this little dog! :-) Kris @ 2006-April-29 18:32
It's interesting to notice how often the adjective "cute" came up ;)
@AG: Yes, that's the reason we went for this not very clean crop. sknop @ 2006-April-30 15:31
I can't believe nobody said, "How much is that doggie in the window?" That's the first thing I thought of, but I tend to associate lyrics of songs to nearly everything. I see your thought process in the pic as you described what you were going for, but being a dog lover (even the little ones...I have 3 Yorkies under 4 pounds each), this is just perfect. Everything matches. BTW, my tiny Yorkies are dogs. People can dress them up and spruce them up, but they'll give themselves away every time. No matter how small they are, they're dogs just like our two German Shepherds. Sherri @ 2006-May-1 02:35
that song is rather old and I'm not sure how many people still know it but I can see why you got the association ;-)
We couldn't possibly do a thing to any dog (or living being for that matter), it's just that small dogs aren't our piece of cake, maybe because we've always had bigger dogs (especially true for small Ella), and because we like to take them with us on outdoor activities like biking or inline skating. Actually Ella has what we call a strong dog aura, i.e. wherever she goes all dogs we encounter along the way feel drawn to her as if they knew they'll get their dose of attention.
The shot we posted just was a perfect occasion to make a bit of fun of the whole celebrity-small-dog thing. So, hopefully small dog owners can forgive our slightly crude humor ;-) Sebastian & Ella @ 2006-May-1 08:13
lol...No apology necessary on the small dog thing. I used to say that little ones like Yorkies were a poor excuse for a dog, but then I bought one and learned differently. However, I'm laughing about you saying that's such an old song. I happen to know for a fact that I'm not the oldest person to make a comment on this pic, thank you very much...lol again...and I was very, very young...very young when my parents sang it to me...lol. For the record, I love what ya'll do with your pics and descriptions. Sherri @ 2006-May-1 16:13
I like the concept and your composition with the bag. Colors are very well in tune, and it's a delicate shot with relevant and good background. Emré @ 2006-May-2 07:55