I finally got good pictures of my two dogs - by ignoring them and pretending to not take their pictures. I also used the telephoto feature on the new camera and the articulated view screen was a great help. Here are the results.
This is Myste on the left and Sassy on the right. No fancy settings, just the Auto feature.
I was actually trying to get a picture of the Silly Rabbit who has now built her nest in the middle of the lower field. No high grass, no bushes, no protection at all but a great view. She crouches there and pretends that no one can see her as we walk across the sidewalk between houses.
I also got scolded by Jenny for not telling her I was on BP meds. It only happened last week and I was so upset about it myself that I assumed the whole world knew (I actually thought her mother would tell her as I had talked to Beth about it). I still don't think I need the meds as my home BP monitor shows me consistently in the normal range but I'll take the meds and see the doctor next month.