I met Puzzle earlier this week… on her 5th birthday! She’s an incredible dog – happy and sweet as can be. If you’ll scratch her butt, you’ll be her forever friend (and she may even work her way into your lap). And she’s a certified search and rescue dog. Awesomeness.
I shot Puzzle specifically to get a more “serious” shot to be used for a very special project (more on that at a later time – but for now just a few outtakes). Unfortunately, a golden retriever plus 100+ degree temperature does not equal “serious” face. Plus she’s just a happy girl – her signal that she’s found something when she’s working is to wiggle her whole body (love it!). I did manage to get a few that aren’t too goofy, but she has a big ol’ grin with her tongue lolling off to the side in a huge chunk of the shots.
We had her “find” me once in the tall grass – but by doing so, she got covered in burrs. COVERED. Poor girl, to think she’d just had a day of beauty. (A tip I learned – when they’re actually working, her mom sprays her with Pam to keep the burrs from sticking to her fur.)
It was a hot and sweaty day, and I ended up covered in chigger bites (which I am apparently allergic to), but I loved every minute of it. Puzzle and her mom are an amazingly talented pair, and it was so great to meet them.