The relationship between a man and his dog is a very strong and unique one. I believe the uniqueness comes from the fact the relationship is for the most part non-verbal and non-human language based. Communication between man and dog is much more emotional, instinctive and primal (I use the word man here on purpose as I can only speak from my experience). It is easy for me to read Kiki's body language, and very easy for her to read mine. I do not have to tell her she is coming with me when I go outside, she knows if she is coming or not by the clothes I put on. If pants and a button up shirt, she heads to her crate. If shorts and socks, she knows its probably dog park time or some other outdoor activity that includes her.
I believe it was the first time just us four best friends went somewhere together. Terry is my eldest friend, since the 7th grade, and Sadie has known Kiki since she was a young puppy. I cannot confirm it, but I am pretty sure Kiki would consider Sadie her best friend.
At first, there were no other dogs at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center dog park so Sadie and Kiki for the first time were in open space alone together and could run freely side by side. Given all that space one wonders why Kiki needs to run so close to Sadie!
It occurred to me while I was editing these photos that I appear in none of them. For me that is not so bad as I know I made them and the perspective I am seeing in the photos is the same that is in my memory. I wonder if it is easier for someone to remember the happenings in a photo that they themselves do not appear in? Does pushing the shutter to preserve the scene also stamp it into the photographer's memory better than someone else being behind the lens and that person later seeing themselves in the photograph?