The Smile: Vancouver, BC

category: Dogs • 1 min read

Labrador smiling

Labrador Smiling

According to her owner, this Labrador never looks at the camera. But in this photo, she is looking at the camera. May be, it’s because I give her enough space. Another victory for the telephoto. What I like the most in this photo is her smile!

An open mouth without the front of the lips pursed is considered a smile. If the front of the lips are pursed, then it becomes a snarl that soon will become an attack except for This is what we call anthropomorphism. Anthropomorphism is when we give human qualities to animals.

Why do we say that dogs smile? They don’t have lips and it’s only when we look from the front. It’s because of the long or wide mouth curved up that we call it a smile.

Somehow when a dog “smiles” it warms up my heart. Why? I know that it’s not true smile. She’s just warm and she needs to pant as much as possible, but somehow…


Camera: Canon 7D ISO 100 and 1/320
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 @200mm and f/7.1
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