Wow it has been way too long since my last blog but my New Years resolution is to keep up on my blog....lol I said the same thing last year even though I know that blogging is a very important aspect of my website and helps spread my work around.
I received an email from Deb Pond about wanting some family photos done of them and their two dogs Sasha (Great Pyrenees) and Faith a 13 year old golden. I was reading the e-mail on my phone as I was packing up to do one of my last calendar photo shoots when I realized that I couldn't waste any time responding to Deb and her request. The reason I couldn't wait is because Sasha had a tumor on her spleen and I didn't need it spelled out for me that these would be her final photos with her family. With the passing of our own dog Sam a year before I knew exactly how important these photos were.
A lot of the information I got about Sasha was through a phone call I had with Deb for their pre shoot consultation so some of it may not be exactly correct but it's close. Sasha was found abandoned around 1 year old and brought into the Scott County Animal Shelter. She was skinny and scared so Deb and Gary's daughter Maria convinced her parents to take Sasha in as a foster. Sasha had been nursing 3 puppies but they died before making it to the animal shelter. The Ponds payed special attention to Sash's diet and took their veterinarians advice and put her on a holistic diet to help get her healthy again. In August of 2013 Sasha won the Radish Magazine Pet of the Year Award! Click on the link to read more.
Deb and Gary had 7 weeks with Sasha after her tumor was diagnosed, on October 3rd they had their photo session and on October 8th she passed peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge.
I was very saddened to hear that her health declined so quickly but was also thankful and honored that I was chosen to capture her last images.
Then theres Faith. Faith is a 13 year old Golden who likes to walk other dogs if you let her. She is a fun girl with plenty of energy. She was barking at my camera for a little while but she got use to it as the session wore on.
It was really chilly for an early October day and as we were trying to wrap things up either Deb or Gary said "hey Faith will walk Sasha on her leash, do you want to see that". I said "well yeah that sounds fun" and sure enough Faith walked Sasha down the trail a couple of times. Sometimes when dog owners say their dog will do a certain trick they don't always want to do it in front of the camera but Faith executed it perfectly.
Faith also likes to do some swimming to help with her arthritis and to stay cool. Sasha on the other hand was not so much a fan as you can see here. She won and didn't get in the pool.
Despite the cold weather I had a great time doing these photos and being a small part in preserving Sasha's memory and it brought me great joy to see how happy Deb was when I delivered their artwork. I know they're considering getting another dog and hopefully we can do another photo session with their new pup and the pups sister Faith.
Next up...First wedding blog!