There is no mistaking the face of a happy dog. Just like people, dogs have a look that just about screams happiness. It starts in eyes, moves to the ears, and then of course to the mouth. When I was a kid my sister had a dog, named Pucci, who would smile by wrinkling her nose and showing her front teeth. It resembled a growl, except that her eyes gave her away. Good thing, too. Her favorite pastime was riding the school bus with my sister, the bus driver. Everyone loved her, for sure.
It had been quite a while since I saw a dog smile as obviously as Pucci did, but that the 2009 Cutchogue Canine Classic, I captured a shot of a Pomeranian that actually gave me a Mona Lisa smile. Every time I see the image, I wonder what she is really thinking…What do you think she has on her mind?