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.