(Tissue alert!) It is never easy to write these In Loving Memory posts, but I think they are super important. Melissa from Tangled Lilac Photography sent in these photos of a Sophie, the Great Dane, along with Sophie’s best friend, Big Joe. Unfortunately, Sophie recently crossed the rainbow bridge. Melissa shared a beautiful quote about Sophie, and I think it might help anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
From Melissa: “Sophie, the Great Dane, was diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer. She’s my dog’s (Big Joe the Tibetan Mastiff) best friend. We are heartbroken, but I wanted to give Vickie a beautiful portrait of her beloved friend before Sophie got too sick. To watch them play is so much fun, you really know how much they love one another. I first met Vickie and Sophie the week that I rescued Big Joe and his two girlfriends and six puppies. I had found homes for all of them, except Big Joe. Since I didn’t know if he would be OK off leash in the forest yet, I took him to our local dog park, since it was a big area and fenced.
Vickie was there with Sophie. As soon as Big Joe entered the park, he made a beeline to Sophie. It was love at first sight. They played like gladiators that day, and all the days they had together thereafter. Big Joe would emit the most hilarious sounds when we would drive up to play dates with Sophie, it sounded like someone was squeezing a dog toy, it always made Vickie, and I laugh. Watching them play together will always be something that I’ll cherish, and I’m so happy I made a few videos. Theirs was a Big Love.
The day that Sophie passed away, Big Joe was very lethargic. I didn’t know why until I found out that Sophie had passed. I know she came by to say goodbye to her True Love. But, I also know with all my heart that she’s still around. As I write this, I can feel her nearby. There are mornings when I see Big Joe playing by himself in the backyard…jumping and pouncing…and I know she’s playing with him. Love doesn’t die. I’ll miss that leaning, big-hearted body that Sophie lived in, but I know her love will always be with us in spirit.”
It never seems like we have enough time with our loved ones, especially pets. Take the time to do something special with your pets today and every day. Photos like these help us remember the joy we share with our pets. If you don’t have some great photo of your loved ones, I hope you’ll get some soon. If you need help finding a photographer, check our pet-friendly Photography Directory. Many photographers offer discounted sessions for end-of-life sessions.
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About Tangled Lilac Photography: Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, Melissa specializes in portrait photography (including dogs) and weddings. Melissa is available to photograph in the Flagstaff, Sedona, and greater Phoenix area.