I looked down from my computer today to see Chloe, one of our toy poodles, resting her head on her fuzzy monster toy. This is one of her favorite toys and she frequently carries it around with her. It was her welcome home gift when she got out of the hospital last year following a major surgery that saved her life. Now, Chloe is ordinarily pretty rough on toys and she has shredded more than a few plush toys in her time. This one she almost coddles. She'll play with it but she seems careful not to tear it up. She seems to get some feeling of security from it. I've seen her go and get it numerous times when she gets spooked by something, such as a strange sound outside. This toy definitely has a special significance with her.
Chloe likes to use her special toy as a pillow sometimes. She'll bring it in to the room, drop it on the floor, then plop her head down on it. It's the cutest thing. I wanted to take her picture with it and normally in situations like this if I get up to get a camera the moment will be lost by the time I get back with it. Fortunately this time I had my Fujifilm X-E1 in arms reach. Even better, it had my 35mm f/1.4 lens attached and the camera already had a manual exposure dialed in for the dark nightclub I last used it in - just perfect for my dimly lit office. I slowly got down on the floor in front of her, hoping that she wouldn't immediately jump up thinking it was play time. She evidently was more interested in a nap with her special toy. I rattled off a few quick frames before she got annoyed with me and turned away, losing the perfect pose in what little light was present in the room at the time. It was a quick moment and thanks to a camera at the ready I was able to preserve it.