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A Bittersweet Goodbye

I have to warn you that this is such a sad but incredibly sweet story about a loving family’s pet, and their recent bittersweet goodbye. A fellow incredibly talented photography friend and I had plans to go shooting not too long ago, but we had to cancel them because his world was quickly turned upside down. One of his two furbabies slipped on the ice in their yard and broke her femur. When he and his wife took Luci (their 10 year old black and white Husky rescue puppy) to the vet, they unexpectedly discovered that their healthy little girl had cancer. Incredibly heartbreaking news. It was taking over her body, and weakening her bones. They were faced with one of the most difficult decisions that they’ve ever had to make. As any good parent would, they didn’t want to see their baby suffer. When he told me what happened, I offered to take photos of the four of them as a family right away. I wasn’t sure how he would feel about that, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to offer. They had a couple days to say goodbye, and his wife decided that they wanted me to come and take photos of them. After ten years and MANY photos later, the four of them never had a photo taken together! They had planned on scheduling a portrait session in the spring, but time didn’t allow for that. If you happen to follow my blog or Instagram, you know how much I HATE cancer, and how much I LOVE Furbabies. I knew that it would be an incredibly hard session to photograph, but I thought it was incredibly important for them to have photos as a family. Their furbabies were beautiful, SO sweet and very curious about this new person in their home. After some sniffing, I was glad that they welcomed me with lots of kisses! We all held it together very well, but there was an unmentioned ache in everyone’s heart. Even Luci’s sister Apun knew something was going on. She was also a rescue puppy that joined their family very soon after Luci. As a puppy, she was snow white, so appropriately so, her name means ‘snow’ in Yupik. She was a sassy little gal, and she was being protective of her sister. She cracked us up with her cute little whiny noises! I can’t even explain how cute they were together. All four of them. Those furbabies were definitely loved, and it was VERY clear that they loved their mom and dad right back. We did the session in their living room so Luci was comfortable. I’m SO glad that we did, because we were able to take photos of them on THEIR favorite. Yes of course, a couch just for the girls! (I told you there were loved) Their neighbors call Luci and Apun the neighborhood watch dogs, because they sit up on the back of their couch and keep an eye on everything, out their big living room window. Seriously SO cute! It makes me smile thinking about the great stories they told about Luci, and knowing how much joy she brought to their hearts over the last ten years. I absolutely hate that they had to say goodbye to their baby girl, but I’m very honored to capture the last wonderful moments together. Savvy Images Pet Photographer

Savvy Images Pet Photographer

Savvy Images Pet Photographer

Savvy Images Pet Photographer

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  • Cheryl - What sweet puppies. They really get into our hearts!ReplyCancel

  • Arica - What beautiful dogs! So nice for this family to have photos with their fur kids. :) Great job.ReplyCancel

  • jenn of hello inspira - that is such a sad story! this family is going to treasure these pictures… cant imagine if i had to let go my dog…ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie Sue Wolk - Thank you for featuring this beautiful story of my dear friends and their family. Candi and Rob are so wonderful and they provide the best home ever for their pups.

    My heart goes out to them. Losing a dear friends is so difficult.

    I invite you to learn more about Candi and Rob because they also take amazing photos of wildlife.

    They put as much passion into their photos as they do in the care of their family. You are in for a treat when you visit their website.ReplyCancel

  • Savvy Images - Capturing Moments That Make Life Worth Living - […] really amazing Alaskan Wildlife and Northern Lights photographs! You may remember them from their Bittersweet FurBaby session not too long ago. Well Rob has been working on something pretty big for a while, and they are […]ReplyCancel

  • Savvy Images - Capturing Moments That Make Life Worth Living - […] even more blessed to call them friends! You may remember this sassy pup and her sister from their bittersweet photo session, and their awesome dad from his real estate portrait session last year. Also, if you didn’t […]ReplyCancel

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