Dogs make wonderful companions, and they are also great for helping people to heal. Princeton, West Virginia photographer, Jasmine White, already had an adorable rescue dog, Harvey, who is her son’s best friend. However, she credits her Goldendoodle, Oakley, for helping her heal after some devastating losses.
From Jasmine: “A Goldendoodle has always been my ‘dream dog.’ Up until Oakley, we had always rescued, and to be honest, I felt guilty for wanting a ‘designer dog’ instead of adopting again. However, there is more to this relationship than just a fur mom with her high-end dog. Oakley has healed my heart in so many ways. After we miscarried a little over a year ago, the pain of losing that child for Jason, Easton, and myself was tremendous. So much so that we decided not to try again. Then came along our adoption that fell through after me going to the doctor with the woman and seeing what I thought was going to be ‘our baby’ on the monitor, feeling her kick, and having ultrasound photos on my desk.
There was so much heartache trying to expand our family, and Jason and I both decided that we couldn’t keep doing it, the system is broken, and it hurt so much. We just didn’t have the emotional capability to handle more heartache. Loss changed us. We went from desperately wanting to expand our family to trying to change our mindset and accept that we were going to be a family of three, and that was more than okay.
During this time of learning our new normal, I saw a photo of Oakley. I had been looking at Goldendoodles for months, but it never felt right. However, the second I saw the picture of Oakley (in a litter of ten) – I knew she was my girl.
This girl is more than a dog. She is my ‘rainbow’ furbaby. She is the expansion of our family that I thought would never come, and she filled a void in my heart. I know people joke about how obsessed I am with her and how many photos they see of her. But to me, this dog represents moving on with my life, even though it doesn’t look the way I thought it was supposed to.
This girl has healed a place in my heart that yearned for more, and that yearning is gone. It was perfect when we showed up to the farm for photos with matching floral accessories and there was a double rainbow as our backdrop.
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About Jasmine White Photography: Based in Princeton, West Virginia, Jasmine and her husband, Jason, specialize in wedding and portrait photography.