DENIRO, A VERY VERY LOVED DOG//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN
I recently had a session with Deniro. His mom and I used to work together over at Wag Hotel, and when she asked if we could put together a special session to celebrate Deniro's noble senior years, I knew our project would be a lot of fun. We rolled around together on the kitchen floor, relaxed in the warm shade on the front stoop, and played in the garden. And then a very odd thing happened; while we were taking a break (photo session breaks are always good, for dogs AND humans), Deniro suddenly got up, semi-frozen marrow bone in mouth, and sauntered back out to the garden with an air of determination. Slightly perplexed, yet knowing something amazing was going to be happening, we all dashed after him to catch him slinging dirt in all directions. The weirdest thing was- in a yard full of grass, flowers, and some (fertilized) soil, Deniro decided he needed to dig in one of the very small flower pots. So, he dug until he had almost emptied the shallow pot, dropped his slobbery marrow bone in, and walked away. Quite proud of himself, with dirt covering his entire face. I really didn't know what to say. It was one of the weirdest things I've ever seen a dog do, yet exemplified Deniro's wacky, playful character so well. In the end, the images came out great and I know that Deniro's mom is going to love her photographs for years to come. Every day she will walk by them and smile, even long after Deniro has moved on. And knowing that makes me a very happy man. I think it makes all of us happy.