This is Otis! A Black Lab puppy just six months old at the time I took this photo. He's one of the dozen or so dogs belonging to a fun group of dog-owner-friends in our neighbourhood we call the Wishing Well Dogs, affectionately coined for our community, and the name of the park where we congregate. But on this snowy Family Day in February, we met for the first time at our local Tam O'Shanter golf course. The dogs were particularly excited about the new environment with there old friends, and in this single moment, little Otis suddenly went from the adorable inquisitor, to the mighty ruler.
This photo was also awarded with an Honourable Mention in the 2021 Neil Dankoff International Photography Competition - Children/Pets Category. By coincidence, a photo I shot this same day of one of Otis's play pals, Cooper, won 1st Place in the same competition.