Monday, April 19, 2010

Nicole Gee & Millie

Who is in the photo at right?

Well, that would be my Millie ... doing what she does best: Loving me. I am Nicole Gee, Nicole Gee Photography. I do portraits -- mostly of people! Pets are fun, too, though. In our family, we have Millie, a West Highland White Terrier, and two cats: Zena, a stay-inside-cat, and Zelda, our Warrior Princess. She rules outside. But this is a dog blog, so enough about those cats!!

The occasion:

Millie and I take a walk through the neighborhood, past the creek, and up to a greenbelt practically every day. Sometimes, we mix it up a bit and walk around downtown Danville. When we do that, we like to stop at the local Starbucks. She flirts with all the folks outside, sips the water & generally scopes things out while I run inside ...

What's brewing?

Mmmmm ... love those caramel machiatos (extra hot!) if the weather's chilly ... or some kind of frappuccino if it is hot outside. Extra water for Millie.

Any goodies?

Nope! One of those sweet coffee drinks is bad enough! If I'm feeling REALLY extravagant, I'll have the whip on top. Sometimes some kind passerby will give Millie a treat, though. (There are a few businesses that cater to dogs, and have dog cookies available. We'll make sure to include them on our travels.)

How were you and Mil united?

I fooled my husband into driving an hour and a half away to "just look at" a litter of Westie pups. Husband Ron sat on the floor, and of all the pups, Millie climbed right onto his lap & started giving him kisses. We took her home & that was that. Since then, she's become my girl: Won't take a walk with anyone else!

How did Millie get her name?

Well, we figured "Millie" sounded kind of Scottish ... as she's from the West Highlands ... her FULL name is "Millie Milligan."

You are a professional photographer. What's the trickiest thing about getting a dog to stay in the frame for a photo?

Well ... I wouldn't say they "stay" in the frame ... I like to catch them in action, or where they're most comfortable. There are certain things that Millie does that are just SO "her" that I wait for those moments, and quick click! That's pretty much the trick with pet photography: patience and a willingness to get down at their level. Oh: and treats.

Cat, squirrel, postman...?

Most definitely squirrels. She LOVES to chase them. But when there are no squirrels, she'll give our cats a run for their money.

Ball, squeaky-toy, stick...?

No, not really; she did have a squirrel squeaky toy a long time ago ... decimated it.

Where is your dog's favorite place for an outing?

Definitely the walk by the creek, then up the greenbelt because I can take her off leash. She can sniff, run and play all she wants.

Who is your dog's best pet-pal?

She has a crush on a neighbor dog, Miles. We always have to stop at his house while she gives it an extra sniff, delaying, hoping he'll come out.

What is Millie's best quality?

Best? Oh, man, so many!! She is loyal, funny, fun, good-natured ... teaches me to be a better person.

If your dog could change one thing about you, what would it be?

That I'd take her on her walk more than once a day!!

What is Millie's proudest moment? Her most embarrassing?

Millie's proudest moment is when she is strutting her stuff in front of one of those really big dogs. (She'd swear she's just as big as that dalmation!!) ... Her most embarrassing moment is probably when she fell while we were scrambling among ocean rocks. For a Westie, bred to scramble cliff rocks, it must've killed her to be rescued by my teenage daughter!

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--Marshal Zeringue