1. Theodore has been with us for almost a year and a half.
2. I own three cameras and 2 iPads.
Now ask me if I have succeeded so far in getting even one single picture of Theodore facing a camera, ears perked, and with two visible eyes.
Now that you ask, no.
Most dogs do not throw up roadblocks to being immortalized. Sure, we occasionally pose them in profile like this one of Woody. But it is obvious that his elegant profile, not a missing eye, drove the pose.
Most dogs in fact love to be photographed. Simply uttering the phrase “Good boy!!” with conviction normally evokes an easy straight-on glamour shot.
Even Nikki, Bill’s rescued tiger, managed a half smile for the camera. (Why wouldn't he? Nikki ate better than we did.)
And eyes are truly the windows to the soul: their transparencies, subtle coloration and reflected lights enchant us. As a painter, I put a lot of attention into eyes. More than one marriage has been posited on a pair of blue ones.
Theodore’s little portrait is unfinished, just into its blue layer, but its very existence proves that I have admitted defeat. One eye is the best I’m going to do.
Three out of four isn’t bad.