This gal was a photography lesson for me. After a bit of puzzling, I have decided that the lesson in question is: don’t take pictures of black dogs in direct sunlight. Or dark-colored anythings, really, especially if they’re a little bit glossy. (I’m sure the real lesson is ‘don’t take pictures of anything in direct sunlight’ but there are too many fun dogs doing too many fun things for me to take that one to heart. Next time I’ll see what happens when I get an American Eskimo dog.)
Anyway. This pup’s name is Shorty, and she’s a Labrador retriever mix of some kind. She looks exactly like a grown-up lab, except about 60% scale. It is adorable. And, after a few moments of caution, she also acted just like a lab too. I’m not sure I’m capable of imagining a better dog for city living than a miniature Lab.