Saturday, 30 September 2017

Hill top photo etiquette - a wee tutorial

An incident on the summit of Scolty Hill near Banchory this afternoon called to my attention that there are pups at large who are not well informed about the correct etiquette with regard to posing for photographs in such situations.

Let me explain.

You are enjoying a pleasant weekend walk with your owner and her friends (let's call them John and Françoise).

It is a lovely sunny late September day, and you have reached the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view reaching from the North Sea in one direction to the Cairngorm plateau in the other.

Naturally your owner wishes to take a photo of you, perhaps posing nicely with her friends, in exchange for which you are of course offered treat.

It is all going so well until some cheeky little ball of high maintenance fluff arrives on the scene.

First she gets under the feet of the photographer, nearly causing her to drop her precious Samsung Galaxy S6, again...

I hope no-one thinks I am being racist when I mention that said ball of fluff is a Japanese Spitz and her name is Yuki. (pronounced You-key not Yucky).

Yuki totally bombs your photo shoot without so much as a by-your-leave...

And then she scarpers, caring not one jot that once disturbed, one might find it hard to regain the composure required of a successful model.

Françoise tries to calm you down ...

... but your only focus now is to chase away the impudent intruder, all thoughts of "posing nicely" dissolving into a blur of red-blooded terrier action...

I am sure my readers will agree with me that Yuki's behaviour was wholly unacceptable, and furthermore that she should right away be disabused of any notion she might have about getting away with such stunts just because some humans might find her "super cute"...



  1. Little White Dogs, known in our house as LWD's . They are routinely awarded Red Alert Status when we are guarding.

    -Otto and Osa

  2. You are so right! And we hope Yuki didn't get any treats for being a nuisance!

  3. ...ummmm, Are you sure her name isn't pronounce "yucky" because her manners are pretty yucky!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  4. Hari OM
    BOL... spurted my tea at "It is all going so well until some cheeky little ball of high maintenance fluff arrives on the scene." Are we to understand that the high maintenance was not that of J&F? Could it be that it belonged to yonder peeps, teetering on the edge of the hill? I do wonder at peeps who strap on heavy-duty 'singlets' to their dogs as if that in itself meant they were under control. Thing has to be attached to them for that!!!

    Never mind though Bertie, it gave you something to sniff out and we still got to glimpse the very grand view. Not a total loss! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    1. Gail says: Yuki's owners were not in fact caught on camera - the peeps on the edge of the hill are blameless!

  5. Ah Bertie, the things that you have had to put up with lately would try anyone' patience

  6. Yuki is cute. You are handsome, elegant, erudite and intelligent. You are, in short, the quintessential WFT.

    so there

    T Toy

  7. Bertie being the WFT fan that I am I chose to call her Yucky...not You-Key. Poor manners indeed and such a love photo session ruined! Geeeeeez I expect Yucky's owner spends more time combing her fluff than teaching her manners.
    Ok stepping off my soap box
    Madi your bfff

  8. We can clearly see why you were irritated by her behavior! OMD, if your mom dropped her expensive camera (the S6 is expensive you know) we don't know what would have happened! Did you happen to mention to Yuki that you have the keys to a tank?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Bertie - Behaviour like that is what you'd expect in Banchory. You need to go to Ballater to find well behaved pups.

  10. Dear Bertie,

    We know Dogs of similar dispositions. The rudest one this week was the one who put his teeth on my person's pocket where the treats were and refused to let go. Personally I blame it on the people though, not the Dogs. If the people have not taken the time to teach Manners, why wouldn't us Dogs be Dogs? As someone who has (mostly) impeccable manners, I must tell you that I bark-bark-bark when other Dogs do not.