Hit The Ground, Running

The Pupparazzi have no shame!

My dog’s agent has presented me with a cease and desist order.

I am never again to take unflattering pictures of Tsuga when he is in a less-than-noble pose–with his rear end up in the air and his head buried in a hole that he is in the process of creating: it looks too much like he’s mooning his fans.

I must not catch him watering the vegetation, which is almost unavoidable as he has many messages to leave, and a full tank to do it with.

And I am never, ever under any circumstances to photograph him running at a full gallop (a trot is okay because it does not have the same shape-shifting g-force-wielding effect on his jowls, ears and eyelids.)

I have been directed to remove this photograph from my web site.

I never signed anything.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I love it !!!!

    Beautiful Tsuga !!!

    That dog deserves plenty of Bacon Strips, and a good meaty bone from the butcher…