In the past year I have decided to focus more on the Pet Photography portion of my business. I love working with pets and their owners, it’s so fun to play for a living! Now, don’t get me wrong… it’s hard work, but even the boring office parts are a little easier when I am ultimately doing what I love.
But each time I complete a session I feel ‘the tinge’. I think it’s because I have had dogs, dear, precious dogs to me pass away. I feel the tinge that I just captured something fleeting, forever. I know the pain of loss, so each time I click the shutter I feel that I am helping a dog owner hold on to the moment, the personality, the quirk, the memory of love, for always.
I saw a post on Facebook this morning of a friend’s dog, that I had never met or photographed, had passed away. I commented my condolences with a heavy heart. But that prompted a comment from a past client that I was not expecting. Buddy, dear Buddy, is no longer with us. He passed August 11, 2011. He was a rescue with special needs and Patsy took him in because her house was already outfitted with ramps from a previous dog with disabilities. It was difficult for him to move around when I met him, but his spirit… was lively and as loving as a puppy. Anytime I hear of a rescue dog with physical limitations, I think of Buddy. His physical limitations did nothing to hinder his loving spirit.
I am not sure why the tears surprised me. Then I realized that other than our own dog Jasmine, I have not been notified of the passing of any dog that I have photographed. I knew that it would happen. And it will again. I feel it a tiny bit each session that I have, but my fears have never come true… until today.
Hold your furry ones a bit closer today. I am off to snuggle with Peanut and Calliope in the middle of the day. Because they are here.
After this posted I received a call from a blog in AUSTRALIA (!) that wanted to feature dear Buddy. Check it out at www.prettyfluffy.com