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When the Camera Met Astro

There’s always that first time a new loved one meets my camera.

Or is it really my camera meeting them? I always seem to capture the moments exactly as they fall into place, sort of the way it always works out. Instinct. Technique. More of one than the other. Self-doubt. Pure emotion. I can’t say that I’ve been really up on myself with photography or writing lately. Sometimes it’s hard for me and sometimes it isn’t. It’s just that there’s so much perspective and emotion crammed into blog posts and photographs, no matter how wide the bandwidth and how large the format. I only took phone photos the day we got Astro because I was focused on keeping the surprise under wraps and holding a wiggly puppy for a three hour car ride. Not that it wasn’t pure bliss. I shouldn’t have been worried.

We spent a few days, and then weeks, getting to know each other. He has started puppy class and he’s tried to chew our entire house. We’ve had some user-error-induced house breaking accidents, but we’re learning the way and so is he. He brightens my day. I’ve been so tired since we got him – just flat-out exhausted at the end of the day. I was already so bad at balancing parenting and personal/social life and work and writing/photography for fun. Then you throw a puppy into the mix and the fact that he has to be watched or crated when I’m working. Yet, sometimes he’s just the brightest star in my sky.

And the best part of my day. Pure unconditional affection. He doesn’t cower like Athena, act like too much of a cat like Junie (the cat), break my heart like humans, and cause Salmonella like the chickens. I can just scoop him up, day after day, moment after moment – sometimes letting tears drip down his fur. He’s perfect and new. And he smells good. And he’s fluffy – although changing color every day. Not to mention, will we EVER know what kind of dog he is? Maybe. Probably not.

So that’s my story for you, and it’s one of love and newness and how the emotions spill out into words and then spill out into photos and somehow with spoken words and written words and photographs, other people get a bit of an idea of it all.

So this is my photo story for you:

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is Photo Share Friday And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your photo? What’s its story?

He’s pretty irresistible, isn’t he?

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13 Comments

  1. Omg, Astro is simply adorable! Seriously, I can never get enough of your photo sharing of him and this was the perfect way to end my week here to see all your photos of him here 🙂

  2. He is irresistible and photogenic! Like a new baby, you are giving me puppy fever but reminding me that it’s like having a baby in a way with being exhausted by the end of the day. AND I’m the only one who wants one and I don’t want to do that parenting by myself. So that’s that. I wish I could just visit you and play with Astro, especially since he smells good 😉

  3. I kept leaving my sandals out at your house. Did find a Tony bit of chewing on a strap but it doesn’t show. Ah, puppies!

  4. Astro truly is everything that has been commented about him, and most importantly he’s family. Your writing is very happy Tamara, and Cassidy, Scarlet, and Des look very happy posiing with their new best friend. His Corgi-like ears make him look so alert! I’m already looking forward to more pics of Astro with the family.

  5. I’ve always said it, but I think you take the best photos! You just capture wonderful moments. Astro is so precious. I showed Natalie and she went, “Aw!”

  6. Astro is the best!! I couldn’t imagine a better family for him to be part of. Of course we are traveling a similar road as your family is, and yes, it’s a joy most of the time. I think you know to appreciate it to the max cause before you know it, you will have a six month old teenager like we do 🙂

  7. He is so unbelievably cute and cuddly!! I want him! But, the exhaustion. Gah. I’m not sure I’m ready for that but we’re on the road right now for our move to Colorado and I promised Tucker, so maybe??? Also, what caused salmonella in your chickens???

  8. Excellent doggie you gots yourself there!
    They (dogs), besides being perfect lifeforms, are (for me) the best of all role models in my quest to learn to live life. They do what they are doing, always and only.
    And the unconditional love is pretty impressive, so perfectly done, even a clark feels it from the start.

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