Abby’s family made the difficult decision to end her suffering with Melanoma (yes, dogs get skin cancer too!) this past weekend. This is never the easy way out – there is no easy way. I am grateful, however, that I got to meet Abby the day before and take these photos of her. I had just come back from Asheville and got to Abby’s house before sunset. It felt like a magical day. I’m not a religious person, but I felt that it was a spiritual session. For February, it was a fairly warm day, the sun was shining and a peaceful breeze blew through the trees.
When I arrived, Abby got up to greet me by burying her head in my lap. Her energy and appetite had apparently been very low until that day. She was in good spirits and I felt like even though she’d never met me, she knew why I was there. She just looked at me with these eyes that said so much. As I’m writing this, I am holding back tears. I had a good cry Saturday evening, knowing that she was gone. I felt for her family and for myself, because I know my own dog won’t live forever.
This session meant so much to me. To welcome me into their home during such an emotionally vulnerable time is really a testament to their trust. I truly enjoyed rolling around on the ground to get these shots of Abby. I’m so happy her family has them to remember this special day and Abby’s sweet spirit. Rest in peace, sweet girl.
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