Author’s note: I wrote this blog post quite some time ago, soon after Emma and Snick’s session with me, and they have both since passed on. Their parents loved these images so I wanted to still post a tribute to them as it was written soon after our wonderful afternoon together.
Emma, the fox terrier, and Snickers, the all-black pug, are two loving, well-loved dogs. Their family reached out to me because Emma had been through some health scares including a collapsed trachea and Snickers' heart condition meant he had been given just a few months left. Just before our photo shoot, I got the terrible call that Emma was in MetVet's ICU and wasn't doing well at all. Emma was a fighter, because she came back and we met right away for their fall portraits.
Emma and Snickers looked right at home all snuggled in the little red wagon. It was SO COLD that day that it was not ideal weather but we just couldn't wait any longer due to Emma's declining health.
Sweet Emma. She and Snickers both wore bandanas because she had a large bruise on her neck from the treatments. It was sweet of her brother to also wear one in solidarity - not that he had much choice in the matter!
Snick, as his family calls him, kept getting (ahem) excited. I had to watch the angle and crop of the photos to not feature his manhood! He clearly really enjoyed being photographed.
I had extra towels and blankets in a separate wagon and the dogs got the royal treatment - they got a ride in the red wagon, nestled upon a cozy bed of blankets, and their parents borrowed one of my spare blankets to wrap the dogs in. They were cuddled up and taking in everything as we explored together!
Just after our photos together, Emma was back in the ICU - this time staying for an entire week. When we met to review their portraits, Emma was resting comfortably at home on her favorite chaise lounge, watching a football game. She'd developed a seizure disorder and didn't have much time left. These portraits suddenly meant so much more.
I am honored that Emma and Snickers' family chose Browning Portraits to capture their limited time with these two beloved dogs.
Do you have too little precious time left with your dog? I'd be happy to speak to you about creating a timely portrait session that celebrates your pet's life and your bond together. Please contact me - I'm happy to discussion your senior dog's portrait needs.