Me: Come on guys, it's time for our Christmas Photo Shoot!
Guinness: What's a photo shoot? Does it involve sticks? Because I have a great one!
d'Arcy: Maybe if I don't make eye contact.....
Carmen: Oh- a camera! I am very photogenic. Let's go.
Irish: Don't fall for it- it's a trap
Me: Martin? Chester? Where are you?
d'Arcy: I really think I'm too old for this.
Me: You look adorable d'Arcy. Please do it for me.
Guinness: STICKS ARE MORE FUN THAN PHOTO SHOOTS!
Me: GET BACK HERE YOUNG MAN!
Me: Okay, try to look festive.
Guinness: This is my festive face
Me: I guess I can live with that.
Guinness: Okay, back to the important stuff- STICKS
Me: Okay, that's the dogs, now for the horses.....
Irish: You put silly antlers on my head but you can't make me like it.
Irish: do I hear a cat snickering?
Me: For a horse that requires so much maintenance from me you could do this ONE THING.
Irish: Oh, sure, play the guilt card. How's this:
Irish: But I'm smiling. What more do you want?
Me: Try again.
Me: This is perfect. *click*
Irish: Where's my carrot?
Carmen: It's my turn! Here's my sultry look
Me: ummm, well it's very , um, exotic but not really Christmassy. Try for less 'dramatic-spanish-mare' and more angelic.
Carmen: Okay, here's what I call my 'Downton Abbey' look:
Okay, now who am I missing...Oh right the cats!
Me: Martin- there you are. Not sure why I'm surprised this is where you spend winter!
Martin: You woke me for this?
Me: So...how about we try for a look that is a bit less murderous?
Martin: This is the best I can do, take it or leave it.
Me: uh, I'll take it!
Martin: Good call. Now go bug the fluffy squirt. zzzz
Chester: I'm no expert but I don't think that this is right.
Me: Your neck is too small, let me try again.
Chester: I kind of hate you right now.
Me: You can't do that- it's almost Christmas- a time of love and forgiveness.
Chester: I think I can work up just a bit of Christmas spirit but don't tell Martin.
Me: That's a wrap. I can't believe how exhausted I am. Now to just pull it all together.
several hours later
Me: Okay everyone are you ready?
Martin: This card would be nothing without me.
Carmen: Shouldn't I be in the centre?
Guinness: Where's my stick? It needs more sticks.
Chester: I do look adorable.
d'Arcy: Border collies don't read your blog do they?
Me: c'mon guys- let's say it all together: