(Tissue alert!) I always cry when I blog about a dog who has passed away. But, I think it is important to share these photo sessions, perhaps more than other types. Why? Because pets are family. They bring us joy, comfort us in times of sorrow, and make our lives better. And while it breaks our hearts to lose a loved one, beautiful photos like this session from Good Morrow Photography in Arvada, Colorado help. End-of-life sessions are sad, but they are also a celebration of love. Our pets don’t live long enough. Photos help us remember. I hope you will be inspired to get professional photos of your pet and you together.
From Natalie: “Lauren contacted me because her dog had just been diagnosed with cancer. Shea didn’t have much time left. We got her scheduled asap and had a wonderful session. Two weeks after the session, when she came to pick out her images, Lauren let me know that their sweet girl had passed.”
From Lauren: “We rescued Shea (Shea Darling) in 2013. Shea moved from New York to Colorado with us in 2014 and became a ‘working’ dog, but not like a traditional Kelpie- she went to work every day with me (her Mom), at an office, for two years. She was the ‘receptionist/greeter’ at work, and loved hiking, swimming and chasing/herding any animals she came across when we weren’t indoors. Shea became a ‘big sister’ to her human sister in 2017. She embraced it even if that meant sharing the toys that she hoarded. Shea never passed up a scoop of peanut butter, pizza crust, or ice cream and loved a good butt rub.
Shea passed in August; 10 weeks after she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. We are forever changed from her, and her resilience to the very end. She truly rescued us and showed us the meaning of family.”
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We rarely know when it will be time to say goodbye to our loved ones. So please get a photo session with your pets! Find a pet-friendly photographer near you.
About Good Morrow Photography: Based in Arvada, Colorado, Natalie Morrow specializes in family portraits as well as pet photography.
Aww that is so sweet. Poor little fur baby. Hope she’s running in a field across the rainbow bridge!
Amber Myers says
Aw, it’s always sad when a dog passes. But it’s so wonderful to have these pictures to remember him by.
Aw, Shea looks so happy in each of the pictures. Wonderful capture and a tad bittersweet.
What a sweet and lovely thing to do when you know your pet doesn’t have much time left. These photos are wonderful! I love the ones of the little girl and the dog.
Sorry for your loss. This is such a beautifully written post.
Lisa Martin says
I hate it when animals pass on. It’s so incredibly sad. These are beautiful photos.
I am so sorry for this family. But I am sure that this sweet dog had a beautiful life with them. You can feel it in these photos!
Sarah Bailey says
I cried reading this – we said goodbye to our girl a year ago on Sunday and it still seems like yesterday – I miss her so very much. I love the idea of an end of life session, the time to remember the good things not the bad.
This is sad. Goodbye, Shea, you made a lot of people happy and smile.
Bruce deMustchine says
We take photos of our fur “grandchildren” so much but we go the extra mile and print them as well. They are not her long enough with us so photos are a nice way to say hello after they’re gone.
Ruth Epstein says
R.I.P. Shea, run free over the Rainbow Bridge. You were so fortunate to have such a wonderful family
Angela Schneider says
It is always an amazing honor to be chosen by a dog lover to help her honor her beloved fur friend. They are the hardest sessions to do but the most meaningful for me.
The Dash Kitten Crew says
This is lovely and a genuinely happy looking photo shoot.
The love shines out of each picture and I love the one of the little girl patting her dog friend Shea. I believe 100% that something like this is so important because pets ARE family. Shea is always with them now.