I haven't thought about Tyson in many years but find it very fitting that I take a moment of my time to reflect on how my first dog forever changed me. This dog came into my life when I was 15 years old when I was just trying to figure out who my friends were and where I fit in life as a high school girl.
I am a firm believer that this dog forever changed the course of my life. It was through Tyson that I discovered photography as I spent day after day taking photos of him. People would tell me how good I was at taking his photo and I enjoyed it so. The excessive photos I took eventually led to me getting a professional camera at 16 year's old which led me to taking portraits which led me to the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA to study photography and journalism.
It is funny how life really is a full circle as I have come back to taking photos of dogs and I couldn't help but reflect a moment on Tyson as I realize that the love for this dog has never left me. I haven't really looked at a picture of him in years, literally. I guess I didn't want to stir up an emotion I had from loosing him at such an early age. Tyson had an enlarged heart that we did not know he had and dropped dead on a cool spring morning in 2001 while at the vet.
The short five years I had with him were not near long enough but during this time, these five years had enough impact to change the course of my life. I keep his leash tucked away in a hallway drawer as it has been retired from use and only serves as a memory.
It is true that the love of your first dog can never be replaced.
Since Pit-Stop Photo's main emphasis is all about our pets, I didn't want to forget about all the big-hearted fur momma's and daddy's out there! I am sure that you would enjoy a pet-portrait session for a nice keepsake or as a gift.
This is why for the upcoming 'HOWLIDAYS' I have decided to include a package that is a good fit for both pets and their humans. This session is a nice balance between fur babies and their parents.. allowing for a combination of both.. and the great thing is this includes (8) of your favorite images as a high res download. This seasonal special is valued at $285 as individual high res images are $25 per download but the best part about all this is you are donating to the GBHS to help other animals find their forever home!
Meet Millie , often known as Millie Vanilee and Silly Millie because of her child-like characteristics and clumsy, goofy personality. It is like she is a puppy in an adult dog's body. I feel that it is because she never got to be a 'puppy'. She's just learned what toys are and she loves to chew and play. I often catch her running circles in the yard as she has learned to toss the ball herself and chase after it.
I am ashamed to say that Millie is my first rescue.. but already, I feel that Millie has taught me more about life than any dog I've ever had. She has taught me patience, empathy, unconditional love, faith, endurance and hope. You would understand these things if you saw her from the beginning.
Whoever had her prior to me showed her hate, selfishness, anger, torture and intolerance but yet, through all this, she still desires to love and trust another being again.. and this breaks my heart.
Meet my Frenchie, Lola. She is often called Lolacoaster due to her small size yet big personality. I've had her since she was a puppy. My mom and dad surprised me with her one afternoon when I came to visit them. She sat on the floor, as I walked right past her.. not even noticing her. My parents had to point her out to me. She was so small and looked like a bat with those HUGE ears. She looked up at me, waiting to be held.. as to know she was meant for me. I instantly picked her up and cried tears of joy. She was the cutest thing I'd ever seen..
That was six years ago and oh how quickly six years passes by. She has been our one and only since she was a puppy, so we weren't sure how she would feel with Millie's arrival.
Millie has not only taught me a lot of things about unconditional love but I feel she has also taught Lola a thing or two about acceptance. I often find the two ladies laying on the floor together chewing the same toy.
I had to do a double take as prior to Millie, I have never seen Lola share with another dog. It just melted my heart to see this.
Yesterday afternoon I got to meet Henry a black lab mix and Annabelle, the Boston Terrier. I absolutely loved them both! Henry was adopted from the GBHS last October as a puppy. After his adoption, Holly felt compelled to volunteer at the GBHS with her small group at church. So it was nice working with a fellow volunteer who understands the need for willing and generous donors.
Holly has had Annabelle since she was a puppy, so Henry made the perfect addition to the household. Annabelle is going on 8 years old, so her energy helps to level off Henry's curious puppy energy.
These two were easy to work with. They were friendly and with the magic of 'treats' I was able to capture some sweet head shots for their owner to keep.
Thank you again Holly for showing an interest as well as contributing, in hopes of making another animal's life better.
Helping shelter animals one click at a time!