Dutch, July 2015
Back in July, a friend messaged me on Facebook to ask if I was available for a few photos. Their senior min pin, Dutch, was ailing more and more and this time Danielle felt it was THE time. This pup spent many years with them traveling on vacations, enjoying their various themed parties at the house and everyone KNEW Dutch! This was the first time I met him, and it always kills me that I know it will be the last time.
Dutch's family was an amazing unit. They adored him with so much love and compassion. When I arrived at their home we brought Dutch outside for some natural light. He was hard to watch because he seemed to have a bit of a neurological issue happening with him walking in circles. He could barely see, barely hear, but he still tried to walk even while stumbling. I decided to have most of his pictures to be with them holding him so he can be more supported and less anxiety on him. Their love just gleamed thru their images.
Dutch had amazing moments with this "daddy" and "mommy". You could feel the trust Dutch had even without sight or hearing. His senses of feeling knew his human father and mother would keep him safe. They were a family unit and it showed so deeply in moments we captured.
Deep, deep devotion and love
My time spent with them was coming to an end, and it is always so hard to be with clients, friends, and even family when it pertains to a loved pet. To see them become emotional, you have to take a step back and remember it is not about you...it is about them. Support, ability for them to cry, ability for them to vent, to even ask questions...it is my job to be there not just with a camera but also with my heart and inner strength for them.
God touched him, and then he slept...
Rest in peace dear Dutch.
O God, you are infinite, unbounded Love, and will not allow the love which existsbetween your creatures to perish: We pray for those animals who have died.Comfort all those who mourn, especially those who have lost a beloved pet. Amen.