The other day, we stopped in at Unleashed by Petco, the neighborhood pet store, to pick up something for Danny. Seems we shop there more than we do at the grocery store.
Anyway, we noticed the store would be holding a family/pet photo day with donations going to help shelter pets over the holidays.
What a great idea, I thought. It would be the perfect time to get our family photo taken. Our family consisting of Sheryl and I, rescue dog Danny, and cats Winnie and Marley.
Saturday arrived and we began getting ready for the photo shoot. Now, you must realize that getting pets ready to leave the house takes some planning. Those of you with young children can relate, I’m sure.
Getting Danny ready is no problem at all. All you need to say is, “Let’s go for a car ride, Danny,” and he’ll bolt to the garage. As for the felines, it’s a completely different story. It’s a little like, shall we say, herding cats.
I brought out their cat crates, opened the door to the crates, and watched them flee in the opposite direction. You see, when the crates come out, they immediately assume they’re headed to the vet. Not exactly their favorite place. Anyway, after several minutes of coercing and downright begging them with numerous cat treats, Winnie and Marley finally sauntered into their crates.
Once we arrived at the store, the challenge was to get them out of the crates. Fortunately, our neighbors and their dog, Ace, Danny’s best friend, were getting their photo done as well. They held onto Danny as we proceeded to turn the carriers upside down and did whatever it took to get the cats to vacate their crates. Finally, Winnie and Marley figured enough was enough and disembarked.
Now, we were all set for our photo shoot. We settled in our places while our friend held some tennis balls above the photographer’s head to get the pets’ attention. It didn’t quite work. They squirmed, wiggled and fidgeted, looking everywhere but in the direction of the camera.
Undeterred, the patient photographer began snapping in the hope she would catch the money shot. She must have taken 100 shots, maybe more, in her valiant attempt.
It took some time and effort, but we finally have our first family photo. It may not be the best family photo ever taken, but it’s a start. Happy Holidays, everyone!