Look at how cute sleepy Indie is. I left her at home while I headed to the office for a few hours. When I came back she’d made herself comfortable in my bed, which I hadn’t bothered to make even though I’m a 30 year old woman.
Happy birthday, Indie. Although I’m not 100% sure when her birthday is, I got Indie from the SSPCA in November 2006. I was told she was around 6 months old at that point, which means her birthday is some time around now.
This year has been tough. Indie had a tumour cut out and got pancreatitis in the space of 4 weeks. She’s definitely back to her normal self now, which I’m relieved about. Love you, girl!
Every week for 52 weeks I took a photo of my dog. I thought it’d be a great idea; I was snapping photos of Indie all the time and figured it would be nice to look back on in the future. To begin with I had a lot of enthusiasm for the ‘project’, but towards the end became lazy and dragged my heels. There are some photos here that make me cringe, but pushing myself as a photographer wasn’t what this collection was about.
It’s about Indie and how much she warms my heart on a daily basis, therefore capturing my life with her for a short period of time. I don’t know much about Indie’s background; how old she is or how many homes she’s had (I know I am at least her third, and she is probably about 7 years old now), but I know she is a lot of fun to have in my life and that’s why I took these photos.
I hope you’ve been keeping up with my 52 weeks of Indie project? I have a lot of outtakes, I just never edit or do anything with them. Except today. I had a hard time deciding between this one and the one that made it onto Flickr. I like the sausage (sausage is a funny word) in this one, but prefer the composition in the other shot, even if there is a lot of negative space.
OK! So I have started a project where I’ll be taking a photograph of my dog, Indie, every week. The problem is, she’s so photogenic I end up with more than one shot, so I figured I’d post the outtakes on my blog and the real deal on my Flickr. Then when it’s all wrapped up, I’ll have the whole set published on my portfolio. Sheesh!
I would like to formally introduce you to my dog, Indie. I don’t think I’ve done that yet, have I? Indie is from Cardonald Cat and Dog home. She was dumped at the grounds where it took staff 4 days to catch her (it was only because she got stuck in a fence that she was eventually caught). She was quickly re-homed, but they brought her back after a week because she was difficult. I’ve had her for 4 years, I think.
I also took this photo of her just a few minutes ago. I think she got a good home, huh? Oh, and if my mum sees this, yes, I know I still haven’t called the estate agent …
The past few weeks have been tough. The uncertainty of the outcome of Indie’s operation, getting the results back and it not being what I wanted to hear. And now we’re going through it again as another lump has appeared (praying it’s scar tissue or inflammation).
The hardest part about being an adult is—despite all of this going on—still having to function. I still have to run a business, handle client demands, deal with people chasing up their unanswered emails. All I want to do is press pause and give Indie my full attention.
This weekend we did press pause. We went long walks in the sunshine and relaxed on the terrace. Today we’re back at the vet. Hopefully Indie gets her stitches out and they’ll take a sample of the lump to get tested.
Maybe some of you are thinking, “It’s just a dog”. Indie has been my dog since I was 19. Now I’m 30. We’ve been together for a long time and experienced many ups and downs. Hopefully this is a temporary down before many more ups. Get well soon, Indie!
Indie and I are wishing you all a happy new year from Glasgow in Scotland. I promise to take more photos in 2017. My blog is feeling a little neglected, but it’s purely because I’ve been focusing on building Jack. Photography is still important to me. I hope you have a creative year ahead!