I”m pretty passionate about creating family portraits with your dog. Here’s why.
On March 16 2010, I lost my best buddy, my beloved Golden Retriever Marley. He was only 13 months old when he got out into the street and was hit by a car. But in the 6 months I had him, we became as close as human and dog can become. He went nearly everywhere with me. We walked for an hour every morning, and he was so well trained, I didn’t even have to put his leash on him. He’d never leave my side during our morning exercise.
He slept beside my bed at night, and was a frequent visitor to the studio. If there was any possibility of him going with me when I was in my car, he was in the back seat.
I’d been so busy creating portraits for others, I’d never taken the time to photograph Marley, or have he and I photographed together. But I never expected to lose him so suddenly either. I’d planned on us growing old together.
As I related my story and my sorrow over the loss of Marley with friends on Facebook, I found there were many others out there who felt exactly the same way. Story after story came my way about those who’d experienced something similar, thankfully mostly due to old age and the natural course of life, but still filled with an overwhelming sense of love, and a profound sense of loss at their passing.
Someone shared with me the following quote: “Dogs are the only thing on earth that love you more than they love themselves.” And I think that sums it up.
If you’re a dog lover, then you know how the four footed friends can worm their way into your heart and soul. They’re regular members of the family, and we love them so much that it really hurts when we loose them. And sadly, the typical dog only lives 10-15 years.
That’s why we created Paw-prints On the Heart, a special portrait program for families and their floppy eared companions. Because while their noseprints may be on the sliding glass door, their pawprints are all over our hearts, so how could I specialize in photographing relationships without including something special with our buddies.
If you have a very special four-footed friend, call us to schedule a consultation so we can tell the story of YOUR relationship. Our phone number is 503-588-0902.
Oh, and one more thing. A good friend shared this link with me when I lost Marley. It made me cry, and does to this day, but it helped me through my grief. If you’ve experience the loss of a beloved pet, you’ll love it too -The Rainbow Bridge Movie
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