The laws of physics govern existence with remarkable uniformity. No matter where you go in the universe you are compelled to obey those laws. Well, unless you’re a puppy. In that case, it’s significantly more enjoyable to bend the laws of nature to your whim. Zero, for instance, seems quite certain he can fly. To his credit, he’s had some success lifting off from the sandy beach runway and clearing the fence.
But he always seems affronted by the notion that he ever has to land. Zero may believe he’s as light as a bird, but I do my best to explain why his nickname – “Little Foot” – is quite the opposite of a literal description.
One of these belongs to a five-month-old puppy, and it ain’t the little one
Penny is also grappling with the persistent nature of physical reality. The little puppy she’s confident she can toss by his scruff proves to grow denser by the day.
Not quite so easy anymore
But who am I to tell my dogs about the immutable physical forces they must contend with? Instead, I let them follow their dreams and get to watch Zero take flight:
Because the true lesson is taught when Zero finally realizes he actually has to return to the ground.
The face you make when you realize you’ve flown a bit too close to the sun
And back here on planet earth? Well, no laws of physics can save you from Penny, so you’d better start running!
it’s not the little paw? wow… he becomes pony-sized once I bet LOL
btw: what cam do you use? I would like to get such good photos once too from phenny :o)
Great pictures, Will. What fun it must be to be there in person to see them in action!
Happiest when in motion for sure.
Fun and a bit hazardous to your butt if you’re kneeling down for a photo and get knocked off balance! But that only adds to the fun in my opinion.
Impressive what pups can do with just a bit of food and water. I use a Sony A77ii. For freezing action shots, a good autofocus and fast shutter speed are key.
They all are. Keep letting them run freely:)
It’s so interesting to see the difference in bloodlines. Zero has the thicker bone structure, so you can really tell which paw is his. Penny is the Mayhem in a petite package. You just have to be careful not to underestimate her powers of chaos. On the flip side, Zero won’t be able to stop himself in time and bowl you over. Thankfully, Emily is a doctor (although not an ER doc or ortho), but I’m sure she can handle your scrapes and bruises. I really can’t wait to see how big Zero gets.
awww.. then I need a little bit more moneeh in my piggy bank… but I have enough to buy the usb charger… it’s a start, right<? <lol
Do you have to file a flight plan with O’Hare airport whenever you take Zero out to the beach to run and fly so he has clearance?
It never fails to bring a smile to my face seeing those two battling it out on the beach…..sand flying, eyes ablaze, what should look like EIGHT legs sometimes looking like twice that many (!) and that pure, unadulterated joy that running FREE brings. Lucky dogs – and the humans who love them……..pretty darn good deal I’d say!
Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too)
I thank my lucky stars that Penny is one of the smallest Ridgeback’s I’ve ever seen. I can only imagine what life would be like if she was full-sized! I’m interested to see how Zero grows into himself as an adult. At this rate he’s looking like he’ll be the size of Clifford, but I’m hoping he slows down a touch.
It’s a start! Don’t forget to check out the used-market, that’s how I bought mine.
Haven’t yet…which is why I think there might be a higher incidence of UFO reportings around Chicago lately.
Well said. Joy in motion.
You mean “UFP” Unidentified Flying Puppy!!
Will, I have enjoyed reading your blog from day one. And I love the action photos! Where does the time go? Your baby boy is growing up. We added to our family a week and a half ago. We now have 3 black labs in our family. Yes, 3!!!!!! We have 12 year old Jasmine, 7 year old Tiana, and 8 week old Elsa. Wish us luck. We are being reminded after 7 years what it is to raise a “baby” again. Lots of work, but also so much fun!!! Thank you for writing and sharing your paw family with us, as always.
Oh man, that is quite the crew you have there! Adding a puppy is always both exhausting and reinvigorating at the same time. Enjoy that puppy stage for as long as you can, it flies by too quickly.
What extraordinary photos, Will.
Small but mighty! Get him, P.
Love and licks,
Bailie and Madison together defy the laws of physics daily! Madison was “big foot” the first months of her life, but she grew into those huge paws and now they look just right on her body! Have fun you two!
Your dog pictures always make me smile! I love them and I absolutely can’t wait to get my next dog… three years down the road.
Some wonderful action shots
This was too cute!
Such great narrative to go along with your SUPER photos of the pups!! Good job!
Oh Zero, unbridled exhuberance is uplifting. Fly sweetie fly!
It’s quite true, the laws of physics rarely apply to dogs, pups or otherwise. 🙂 As always, great photos of your dynamic duo!
Brilliant just brilliant ! I think I can fly too! Mums doing a post soon! Watch this space x