The Dream Team

ImageI have a group of dogs I walk every week day between 1 and 2pm.  There are 5 of them, all around the same size, and they walk beautifully together.  Honestly, I’m a pretty good dogwalker, but these guys make me look like the best.  Perhaps I am…who’s to say?  This group has been together for years now, and every time I’m out with them I get quite a lot of attention from passersby on the street.  Tourists and locals alike take photographs of us literally every day.  Some people ask whether it’s OK, some just shoot, and many try to be sneaky.  I think I always notice because I really stay aware of my surroundings when I’m walking the pooches.  Anyway, I have always wondered whether the photos come out well.  Are there scrapbooks all over the country, perhaps the world, filled with photos from trips to New York with pictures of me and these same 5 dogs in them?  I tend to think people return home from their trips, look through their photos, choose the best ones of themselves in front of all the iconic awesomeness NYC has to offer, and completely discard the ones of me and my furry friends.  However, I’ve often wished I had a copy of every one of them.  How cool would that be to see so many different perspectives on something considered by many to be a novelty worth photographing and by me to be Wednesday afternoon?  So, today I made a decision.  From now on, every time I see someone shoot me while I’m out with the Dream Team (a name given to this group by my former walker Charlotte) I will give my contact info to the photographer and ask them to send me a copy.  Then I will post it to an album on my FaceBook page dedicated to these photos.  Sure enough, it happened.  I was photographed today at the corner of 23rd street and 10th avenue.  I asked and the photographer delivered.  That’s the photo you see attached above, and I think it’s pretty good!  My thanks to John-Francis Bourke.  Please follow my progress with this little project at in the photo album called “Mike and the DREAM TEAM”.  I hope you enjoy it!!

– Mike.

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