So since I often refer to the dogs by name within my photos when I’m discussing them on the blog, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce each of them and describe a little bit of their individual personalities. Since one of my 12,000 goals with this project this semester is to try to incorporate a little more of their individual personalities, this will give you an idea of what I’m striving for within each piece.
For some reason I find it a little difficult to think of actions for all four dogs to be doing in a piece. Usually the dogs with the “loudest” personalities play key roles and everyone else just becomes a supporting act within each composite which to some extent does fit well with their individual personalities.
When I was thinking about writing this specific blog post I started thinking about the dogs and I realized that their size order from smallest to largest is inversely coordinated to their age; oldest to youngest.
So first up is Louis (pronounced like l00- EE.) He was named after King Louis XIV of France, known as the “Sun King” and the King who turned the Palace of Versailles into the place.
Louis is the littlest one we have but will take on a 100+ pound Newfoundland if it comes into his yard. Also one of his eyes (the that looks blue a lot of times) was caused by a run in with a Pitbull when he was a baby; so he’s blind in that eye. He’s not scared of anything and will definitely hold his own. He will be 8 in May and was my very first dog. I got him not even two weeks after I moved out of my parent’s house for college. He spent so many years as the only dog-child so he pretty much thinks he’s a person and above the other dogs. He doesn’t really play with the other dogs but loves squeaky toys and will happily play by himself. He’s very cuddly, loves napping A LOT, and is obsessed with bananas (you can’t peel one in the house without him hearing.) In a lot of the composites I show him more or less doing his own thing and not really doing what the other dogs are doing (because in his mind he’s a person, lol.)
Our second dog is Jack. Jack was one of those spurt of the moment decisions that looking back probably wasn’t the best idea. He’s a little nuts; barks all the time at nothing but then when someone is actually at the door doesn’t notice. He also jumps constantly, has way too much energy, and goes from 0 to 160 in 1 second on the excitement level scale. Nate (my boyfriend) and I got him at the end of 2011.
So personality wise, Jack is the crazy one and you never know what he’s going to do. He’s super loyal to Louis and if one of the Siberians growls at Louis or bugs him Jack always gets in the middle and defends Louis. Jack is probably the most obedient dog in terms of standing, sitting, and staying where you want him for a photo (his one redeeming quality, lol.) He doesn’t like other dogs a whole lot, and when we got Ghost he bullied him non-stop and now that Ghost is like twice his size he still bullies him but more cautiously.
Our third dog is Luna. Luna is our first show dog and we brought her home on April fools day in 2014. Luna is the only female and she pretty much is in charge of all the other dogs (although Louis would beg to differ.) She’s very moody and independent. She does what she wants to do all the time. She is definitely a hunter and likes to dig up our yard. She’s also what I refer to as the “rule enforcer.” Whenever Ghost tries to jump on the counter and gets yelled out she jumps up, grabs him by the neck and tries to pull him down. Or when Jack freaks out and starts barking she grabs him and tries to get him to chill out. Luna loves having her belly rubbed and rolls right over as soon as anyone comes to our house. She’s very much a “daddy’s girl” and is obsessed with Nate.
Last but not least is the “puppy” Ghost who will be a year old March 24th. Ghost is the goofball, happy-go-lucky, attention starved youngest child. He’s definitely has me wrapped around his paw and gets away with pretty much everything. He’s extremely vocal and has the most high-pitched whine and screams you can ever imagine. He loves doing anything that involves getting food, so naturally he loves getting his photo taken and when it’s not his turn you better put in some ear plugs because he won’t be silent about it. In the dog-ranking he’s probably lowest on the totem pole. He likes to annoy the other dogs and always needs someone or some dog to be paying attention to him.
The easiest way to tell Ghost and Luna apart is by their facial markings. Luna has color on her face and Ghost has more white on his. Ghost is also a bit bigger than Luna, has more bone, a wider head and face shape as well.
Luna (left) and Ghost (right)