Dogs are amazing creatures who make our lives better. Many of us would be lost without our dogs, but Finn the Vizsla inspired Ann to change her life dramatically. Natalie of Good Morrow Photography took these family photos of Ann, her brother, James, and Ann’s Vizslas, Finn and Whedon.
From Natalie: “Ann wanted pictures with her ‘boys.’ Her brother James was in town visiting from San Diego for the weekend. It was the weekend of the anniversary of their mother’s death three years before. They celebrate her life together every year at this time.
Ann and her husband tried for five years to have a baby. When her mother became ill, they decided that they would no longer pursue pregnancy — making her mom’s death and the grief that followed very complicated. These Vizslas are her babies, her children, her forever toddlers. The importance of capturing Finn and Ann… oh wow… These two have a bond unlike any other. Ann adopted Finn in the winter of 2007 and brought him home on the first day of Spring. It was clear when Finn entered her life that things needed to be different, and he was going to be a pivotal part in the changes.
After enjoying an amazing Chicago summer with her pup, Ann began to question what was fundamentally ‘wrong’ with her. She just wasn’t happy. She would wear her big dark sunglasses to work to hide the tears that overcame her each morning. Spending time outdoors with Finn was changing her… she could sense that there was something off but couldn’t quite put her finger on it. Until the day in October, she took a day off of work.
It was one of those warm, delicious fall midwestern days, and she couldn’t wait to get Finn out to the Prairie Reclamation Area to run around. She usually had to walk the 30 min there in the dark and never fully got to enjoy all things, Finn, since they needed to hurry home so she could catch the bus north. The moment Ann unclipped Finn’s leash, a wave of knowing swept over her. He was running through tall grasses – the brush was rustling in his wake; he was bounding, head popping up every now and then. And she knew… if she touched Finn at that moment, she would FEEL true joy.
Finn was doing what he was bred to do. He was in his natural habitat. God made this beautiful creature, and he gave him special gifts, talents, instincts; and he was doing it. Finn was fulfilling all that was meant for him, and Ann realized she wasn’t.
She needed to be a teacher. An elementary school teacher and she needed to leave her husband. This was Earth Shattering. Exactly one month later, Ann and Finn left the apartment and never went back. Ann ended up back home in West Michigan. She got a job as a 5th-grade teacher – the same position and school and even room that had been available exactly seven years before – the same principal had inquired with Ann’s mom in the summer of 2002 if Ann would be interested in applying. It’s almost like Ann got a do-over.
There were a lot of tears and pain, but she is better for it. And it’s all because of Finn.”
Has a dog ever inspired you to change your life?
If you are hoping to add a Vizsla to your life, consider adopting one!