Some people you meet (in my case its often pooches) make a such an impression you know they’ll always have a special place in your heart. A recent example for me was Bentlee & Brooklands (I nicknamed them the B Girls) — a couple of English Bulldogs.
Mum organised a birthday gift voucher for Dad during the holiday period and so we recently hooked up for the shoot in Currans Hill - a friendly suburb surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.
When I got there, the B Girls greeted me with enthusiasm, they couldn’t get close enough. Both took turns coming up real close for kisses; sitting on me also appeared to be a favourite.
I quickly learned why the B Girls’ Mum described them as chalk & cheese.
Older sister Bentlee is more outgoing, an extrovert, the active sort, smart enough not to work for food, preferring ‘free’ food. Bentlee - because Dad loves Bentley cars. I call her ‘the runaway dog’ - she loves to run, moves, and boy she moves fast.
Younger sister Brooklands (short version: Brookie) is still a puppy and is a sensitive soul, the quiet sort that you might just hang with reading a book or watching a movie - an introvert, shy but curious. According to Dad, Brookie can give the ‘stink eye’ to anyone who dares change the TV channel - even when she is apparently snoozing away. Brookie also runs fast but I think she prefers just to hang around.
Both love their vegetables & fruit; current craze being banana, broccoli, carrots and (I heard recently), celery & zucchini (I think they eat their veg a lot better than I do, despite being a vegetarian).
The B Girls understand a lot of vocabulary. I found out, by chance, not to utter the words “chicken” and “cheese” during the shoot - “say cheese” just sent them both running towards me anticipating, well, cheese!
And guess what the B Girls’ favourite time is - hanging out at home with Mum & Dad. I don’t blame them :)