Sunday, July 29, 2007

Japan --oops, I mean, Canada

That's who was responsible for last night's pyrotechnics display.

Yes Piper, we feel the same way about those nasty fireworks.

Although, if there must be fireworks, at least let them be good fireworks, right? I must say that Japan put on a pretty good show.

ETA: Alert! I screwed up!
Except it wasn't Japan, which goes to show how awesome my listening skills are. According to today's newspaper, last night's show was a Canadian entry, not Japan's.

Sorry Spain, Japan Canada kicked your lights-in-the-sky ass
(you can see bigger versions of these photos by visiting my Flickr site)

Except that WASN'T my Flickr page!! Thanks to Rae for pointing out what my mother has told me all along ... I am an idiot!! It's fixed now.

So poor Tweed and Mr. Woo hate the fireworks. I end up with Woo crammed under a table and Tweed shivering and drooling in my lap. It's not super fun for anyone. We've been working on ways to make them more comfortable with the whole big-bang-boom business, and even the Kittenz got in on the action.

Angry Donut suggested Tweed try some calming Yoga, like this:

She also suggested some "Laugh Therapy"

Round Eye offered to hold his hand throughout the scariness.

Then she tried some hypnotism

When when these tactics failed to work, Tweed's dad, who was visiting last night, told him to "Stand up and be a man, for Christs Sake."

So, in an admirable effort to live up to this father's expectations, Tweed put on a display of bipededness:

Piper was all "yeah, loser, be a man! Even I can be a man!"
But that "be a man" shit never works. Tweed was still panting heavily with nerves.

Piper, the little bitch, was totally imitating and mocking him

Mr. Woo put on his best cute face. Why not? Usually it gets him whatever he wants, maybe this time it would get him a fireworks-free night!


And Red Dog, bless his soul, only wanted cuddles and cookies.

Two down, two to go ... next Wednesday I may brave the crowds and step out to see if I can get some fireworks shots without a big building in the way.


Ray said...

I'd *love* to see your firework photos... but the link points to your blogspot page, not to Flickr.

And while I'm here whining... THANK YOU for a totally wonderful blog!

Anonymous said...

I love your pictures! nice job! If you dont mind what is the meta data off one of the pix, so I may see what camera setting you use. i really want to try it on my cam, but I dont know how to set it yet (still learning :), I would really appreciate the info.
Thank you in advance!

The Border Collies said...

Hi "Anonymous" - thanks for the kind words!

What kind of camera do you use? Keep in mind I am shooting with a DSLR, not a point and shoot, and I'm changing lenses depending on what I'm shooting ... depending on what model you are using, you'll get different results.

I bought a great book that helped me sort out the camera settings and work on improving my timing, lighting and other settings for optimum shots. I am still working on mastering it as well. I bet there is a similar book for your camera.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

That is the sweetest shot of RD, like, ever.

What can I say about Angry Donut, other than gimme?!

(Not anonymous-PSmitty)

Jane said...

The Kittenz are too fabulous for words! ADORABLE!

Is it my imagination or have Mr. Woo's ears grown? Pretty soon they will need a name along the lines of The Flamboyance!

dp said...

I am not-so-secretly in love with Angry Donut's nose.