a doodle post


It’s been a while since I posted about Annie.

Even when Annie is lying down, she can assume interesting poses, and look quite cute (at least to my eyes). I’m also trying to capture the subtlety of Annie’s coloration and coat. In spite of being a Labradoodle (cross between a Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle), she’s a combination that is unique unto herself, with her coat of many colors.

She’s now well past six years of age, and her coat is beginning to pick up silver highlights that stand out from her blacker undercoat. She still has the touches of ginger in her muzzle from when she was a puppy.

The photo was taken with my iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the border added using Snapseed.

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Annie with her heart on her brisket
Annie, a.k.a. Dreamboat Annie, was born six years ago on Valentines Day. I felt it appropriate to incorporate Annie’s heart-shaped marking on her brisket into her official name. But try as I might, all my names felt a bit silly. It then struck me that the rock group Heart’s debut studio album was “Dreamboat Annie,” so that’s what we named our Annie.

As this summer has warmed, my wife and I have started to do more exercising in the world’s smallest swimming pool. Out pool isn’t for swimming, it’s for water exercising, where the water provides resistance while we exercise. It turns out to be a good way to stay in shape, especially for my wife, who has systemic arthritis and major back problems.

While I’m in the pool I have one of my cameras near at hand on the edge, not too close to keep it from falling in, but close enough that I can grab it for any opportunities that might present themselves. Annie loves to sit on her pad as if it’s her special sofa. It took the patience of waiting for just the right moment to make this photo of her sitting so nicely.

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And a sweet portrait view.

Camera was the Pen F, lens was the m.Zuiko 1.8/45mm at f/2.