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A nearly empty beach is my favorite place to be. As much as I love the solitude, I’d prefer to spend it some dogs, so I am wild about this puppy session from Erin Costa Photography on Wrightsville Beach!
From Erin: “Jillian and Jimmy recently adopted the most adorable puppy named Colby, so of course they wanted to feature her in their engagement session in downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.
Colby made a few other dog friends during the shoot. Jimmy is a Marine on deployment, so Jillian and Colby will be home holding down the fort until he returns. “
From Jillian: “We had such a great time shooting with Erin.
My fiancé, Jimmy, and I got Colby the day after Christmas this past year kind of spur of the moment. Jimmy is a Marine Corps officer, and we had just found out about a week before Christmas that Jimmy was going to be deploying mid-February. Since I had just moved to North Carolina a few days after Thanksgiving, I was very new to the area and hadn’t established many connections or friendships yet, so we thought that a puppy would be a great way for me to have some companionship – and keep me busy – while Jimmy is gone.
We were home in Pennsylvania for Christmas and found a litter of available American Bully puppies. They were on the way back to our new home in North Carolina. When we stopped to see them, we were shocked at the conditions that these dogs – and people – were living in.
The house was filthy, all eight puppies were living in a kiddie pool filled with their waste, and the house wreaked. The puppies ran to us when we got there, wanted to say hi. Eventually, they waddled away to continue playing, except one – the runt, Colby. She was so tiny and just rested her little head on my foot, almost as if to say “take me with you.”
I picked her up, and she was asleep in my arms within 30 seconds. We initially thought we wanted a boy puppy (my fiancé especially.) But when Jimmy saw her fall asleep in my arms, he knew we weren’t leaving without her. We took her home with us, only to find out that the 8-week old puppy we thought we were getting was a mere five weeks old. Additionally, she was very sick with horrible roundworms, hookworms, and coccidia (another intestinal parasite).
So even though we didn’t technically rescue Colby from a shelter or foster home, we still feel like she was a rescue. We saved her from the deplorable living conditions. Especially since if she had been there much longer as sick as she was, she might not have made it. After many sleepless nights, we nursed Colby back to health. Now she is a sweet, playful little ball of energy. She is the most affectionate dog I’ve ever met and just wants to love and cuddle with everyone! But she also has a very sassy/stubborn streak and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. She has brought so much happiness and laughter into our lives and is proving to be exactly the little companion that I needed while Jimmy is away.”
Thanks to Jimmy for his service! I know Colby and Jillian will be thrilled when he is home again.
About Erin Costa Photography: Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Erin specializes in portrait and wedding photography.