If you’ve ever considered throwing a party for your pup, I hope you will. Some people may scoff and say that a dog doesn’t even know when his birthday is. However, a dog always knows when something special is happening. Dog parties don’t have to be elaborate, but I’m a big fan of picture-perfect moments. Photographer Ali Tso captured these adorable moments between Lucky, the Golden Retriever, and his favorite person, Lindsey. Special details for the celebration include the coolest, shiniest birthday hat, a birthday bandana, balloons, a birthday bandana, a cake with candles, but the best part of all is the love between them.
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From Ali: “Lindsey wanted to capture every special moment with her furry best friend’s 12th birthday.”
From Lindsey: “I got Lucky when I was 19 years old. I was literally a baby. But I always wanted a golden retriever. So when I had finally saved enough money and was ready, I was so excited to finally pick him out. The day I went to pick him out, I noticed him instantly. He was much smaller than his siblings because he was the runt of the litter, but he was so calm and sweet.
I just knew he was my dog. At that time, he was too young for me to take home because he was only a few weeks old. So Before I left, the breeder asked me what I was going to name him as she was placing this little blue bow around his neck to indicate that he had been picked, and when I told her his name would be Lucky, she wrote ‘Lucky’ on his ribbon and told me she would start calling him by that name. It was a really sweet and proud moment for me. It may sound cliché, but he’s been my best friend for almost 13 years.
He’s been there through so many coming-of-age moments, such as being fired or getting that job you hoped for, probably 15 different moves in or out of state, so many bad decisions, and a lot of good decisions and so many difficult times. When I got a dog at 19, I was way too young to fully comprehend the gravity of responsibility of which I was taking on. I just thought, ‘I’m getting a really cute dog, I can take him on hikes and stuff,’ but there were times it was really hard. I had been out of my parents’ house before I was out of high school, so there were many lessons I learned the hard way.
There were times when I had to make certain sacrifices that my friends or other people my age didn’t have to make because I had this responsibility to make sure he was cared for. I missed out on things in life, such as places to live or trips or staying out late as the rest of my friends were some nights because I had to go home to feed him or take him out. There were times I could hardly afford dog food because I couldn’t afford my rent, so I was feeding him before myself. But he has always been there.
He’s been that one stable variable in my life that I could count on in times when that was what I really needed. And now that I’m older and I look back on all the craziness we endured together, it makes me appreciate him more than I can explain. We got through it together, and we counted on each other. I’ve had him for a third of my life, and sometimes that trips me out.
Lucky has just been the greatest gift from the universe. He’s such a special dog, and everyone who knows him can attest to that. I feel very lucky to have him. No pun intended. He’s such a good boy. For me, he hasn’t just been a pet. He’s been someone to hold me accountable and has been a support system. That’s why I had those photos done. I wanted to have something nice to remember him by when one day he isn’t here anymore.”
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About Ali Tso Photography: Based in Arizona, Ali specializes in lifestyle, couples, portraits, family, and brand photography.