I haven't been stitching much, lately. I've been having a hard time trying to figure out a plan. Not just for stitching but for--you know--all of it. I am boring even myself with the depths of my self investigation.
Stella and I have been experimenting with a new dog park. This one is fenced--the original was a beautiful 30+ acres but once she realized there was no fence, she wasn't as easy to corral at the end of the session. But because the new park is fenced we have to be more mindful of who and how many whos are in it. Stella loves other dogs. She just doesn't love too many of them all at once. On Tuesday when we went at 12:30, there were about a dozen dogs that greeted her with butt sniffing and barking when she came in. Waaaaaay too many. She freaked. We had to go squat on the little dog side (there were no little dogs) until some of the big dogs cleared out. Yesterday we went at three and *bliss* two boxers who love to chase and be chased. She was tuckered out.
But in reality I am a horrible dog mother. I let my dog chew sticks. Usually sticks of unusual size. Inappopriate on so many levels. But they bring Stella such joy. Honestly, you've never seen an animal get so much pleasure from a pile of yard waste.
I've tried to find a stick substitute. I went with the ORKA stick. My sister calls it Stella's dildo. And I'm not going to lie to you: that's exactly what it looks like, especially once she pulls those colored cords out of it, which is the first thing she does. She takes some pleasure from the rubber version, but she will not pleasure herself with it out of doors. Stella has some definite ideas about toys. Some are indoor toys and some are outdoor toys. Outdoors belongs to sticks.
Coral asked how I get such great photos of Stella. The answer is the same I give to any question about taking better photos: take more. I take hundreds. In the act of taking hundreds of snaps, you're bound to get one very good one. Also, always get closer than you think you need to be. Frame filling is far better than having too much white stpace. Check the scrapbooking section of your favorite box craft store for photography books--they're aimed at regular folks who want to take better pictures not Photographers who want to Study the Art.