Photon continues, so far, to make it clear that she enjoys being out in the world, able to explore using all of her acute senses. This is in spite of the fact that her hind legs no longer function very well. Sometimes we manage to go for surprisingly long walks; other times it's hard to get very far at all. It is always up to her - she leads and we follow.
The combination of her intense pleasure in surveying simple surroundings with the growing limitations in mobility led to Pam's suggestion to me that I try to capture Photon in a setting evocative of the famous Andrew Wyeth painting "Christina's World". Today I found her in a suitable mood, even though the composition of the setting would probably never remind anyone else but us of the inspiration.
Here are two follow-up shots that show how expressive her ears and eyes can be. When Photon looks into my eyes, I know that although there is not a human intelligence in there, there most certainly is a high degree of intelligence, and definitely a conscious awareness, a self. We may never know "what it is like to be a dog" (or other animal), but I think it is well worth exploring whatever levels of communication and empathy we can establish.
I hear someone!
Who goes there!
Here I should probably add a photo of her looking at me through the camera, but I didn't get a good one like that today.