No Dogs Were Harmed in the Making of This Photo

Well, I’ve finally got my author photos. It was a month long fiasco that ended with J taking my pictures (and doing a wonderful job). We wanted a few with Argo in the shot. Argo, however, wanted to chew on sticks, run around the park, and herd other dogs. After trying (and failing) for an hour to get him to sit nicely next to me and look at the camera, he flopped over and let out a huge sigh, like we were frustrating him and not the other way around. So I flopped over on him, joking around, and J snapped a picture.

This will not be my author photo, since it kind of looks like I’m squishing my dog, and that doesn’t seem to be in the right spirit of things. It is, however, one of my favorite pictures of me and Args, and I’m very happy to have it.

I spent some time over the weekend playing around with J’s camera and taking some pictures of my beautiful dogs, like this one of Stella:

And this one of Argo:

Um. . . okay, that one isn’t so much beautiful as hysterical and awful. I caught him mid-sneeze and it looks like the stuff nightmares are made of, doesn’t it?

In case you need to cleanse your visual palate now, here’s a photo of Argo cuddling with his Frisbee for good measure.


  1. I LOVE the picture of you with Argo! That is a really fabulous picture!

  2. Beautiful!

  3. That picture of Argo made me laugh out loud! I love your author pictures and can’t wait to see one on the inside of your book:)

  4. Oh, I like the one of you and Argo. Very nice.

  5. I’m glad you clarified that Argo was sneezing. I almost had a nightmare right on the spot! :)

  6. It’s so weird how scary that sneeze makes him look, but Argo is not a scary dog in the least. He’s actually helped a several people get over their fears of German Shepherds and/or dogs in general, because he’s such a big goof.

  7. Love the pictures. I love when you catch animals or people in normal activities and the still photos look scary or creepy. Great photo of you and Argo.

  8. That is a good shot, and I think you’re right not to go with a sideways picture. The sneeze one may give me nightmares for a few days.

  9. So cute! You have adorable dogs, and you look gorgeous in that top one! Really beautiful.

  10. Loved the author photo! Great choice. Jeremy is a great photographer, I love seeing his work. And you…that shot of Argo sneezeing is amazing. Isn’t is awesome what cameras can do now?!

    Can’t wait to see that photo in a book jacket! AMAZING!

  11. I love the one of you laying with Argo! Absolutely adorable.

  12. HA-“snapping jaws of death” New name for Argo. Actually, that is what Theda and Doug used to play before Theda got to be too much of a roughneck-those girls!
    You and ARG-boy look ARG-dorable.

  13. Oh Em Gee! Do you know how completely adorable the picture of you and Argo laying down is?!?!?

  14. I think the dog squishing photo would be an excellent author photo!

  15. I love those pictures! You are both gorgeous!

  16. I’m glad you clarified that your dog was sneezing – He looks positively terrifying!

  17. The snarling sneeze is brilliant! Sometimes the best photos are the unexpected.

  18. My dog refuses to take photos with me. Flat-out refuses. They end up looking like she’s abused and pleading with the camera for help of any kind. But the one of you and Argo turned out adorable!! I’ll steal that idea next time :)

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