At the last possible moment, we took 33 pictures of kids and dogs this afternoon before #1 Son and Dos said farewell. My parents always used pictures of my brother and me on Christmas cards, and I have followed in their footsteps, mostly.
But in adding animals, I face special challenges.
Three people and two dogs will not all behave at the same time.
We cannot, in fact, all behave at the same time, even when most of us have a will to do so.
All we want to do is rest.
We may be unamused by the jokes and whistles the grown-ups cast in our direction to get our attention.
We may not have wanted to do this in the first place.
But if a mother perseveres, she may be pleased in the end.