If you had been following me on FB, you would know the following story.
BB was my friend’s dog, scratch that; in my opinion if your life had been blessed by this type of loyal companion of 13years, it’s no longer just a DOG, it’s a family member. I received a call last weekend from an old friend’s sister, she was wondering if I could come over to her house…if I had the time. I causally ask what’s up, and then she said, “My dog…” then she started to choke in tears.
I suddenly realize that my friend had mention something about their old dog being sick. I was ask to take some photos of BB, a 13 year old dog who had suffer from kidney disease for about a month. The vet had just told Kelly that the treatment had no longer working. She was told to make a decision, if you love him as much as you think you do, you would want him to leave when he is still comfortable. I race over to her house, not just for taking photos, but I know how much she must be suffering. It’s a tormenting decision, do you want him to suffer more or do you want him to leave with dignity. Do you choose to help him fight on for weeks/months, or do you love him more so that you are willing to let go?
I grew up with pets, I had my fair share of bidding good bye to your childhood friends. Some of these relationships actually had last longer than me with people. During the session I talked and shared with Kelly what I had gone through with pets that had passed away. Some of them are sudden, some of them had a long and painful long haul before they succumb. It’s hard, you can see BB is calm, but he is really tired.
When I went home that night I was emotionally drain. I wish my first pet session was under better circumstances, but I am still glad that I got to be the one who photograph this beautiful angel, documenting the last few paw prints he marked in my friends’ life.
BB had passed away yesterday, surrounded by his beloved owners. He closed his eyes and passed in the embrace of love, on a sunny morning in their backyard, his favorite spot on earth.