If you think Sparky looks annoyed in the above picture, you're right. Sparky is very much her own person, and when she decides she's had enough of my camera and its blinding flash, she lets me know in no uncertain terms. There's no denying the look of annoyance on her face in the above picture!
Most of the time, Sparky loves it when I pet her, but sometimes she just wants to be left alone. In this picture, she's making it clear that she wants me to stop annoying her with unwanted attention. She doesn't bite to maim, just to warn. And she never uses her claws.
In this picture, I was trying to get a photo of Sparky napping in the wastepaper basket under my desk. Unfortunately, it woke her up when I tried to surreptitiously pull out the wastepaper basket for a better angle. Sparky popped up and gave my hand a good smack for waking her up.
Even as a youngster, Sparky let it be known when boundaries had been trespassed. After the dogs had poked their curious noses in her crate one too many times, Sparky let them know when enough was enough. Judging by the wary looks on the dogs' faces, they got the message loud and clear!
Most of the time, Sparky is perfectly willing to be fawned over, but when she has had her fill, you'd better heed her warning!