A few months after photographing Mojo last August – I got word that he had suddenly passed away. His parents were devastated and in shock. I felt horrible. It’s hard not to fall in love with all the dogs I photograph – and it was very upsetting to hear that this had happened to not only an amazing dog but to amazing dog parents.
I’ve been writing and re-writing this post for a while, but I’ve just been at a loss for words. I usually write in celebration of each dog I photograph, writing about their little quirks and memories from their session with a smile. I guess it took me a while to realize the same could be done for Mojo – we can celebrate him through his photographs, and through the memories.
Although his session was almost a year ago, I still remember it like it was yesterday. The first time I saw him I noticed his smile was a little too big for his face – which automatically made me smile. In fact as we walked around the park people walking by him would smile too. He walked with a little spring and his happiness was contagious.
He was a little ball of crazy energy which didn’t make for the easiest model but it sure made for an entertaining session. He would sit just long enough for me to barely get the shot then he would be off doing the next thing! We all laughed as he fell into the water, chased a bird and then a couple in a kayak, rolled around in a tall bushes only to reveal himself by flopping his leg out… he was a big charmer, with a lot of mischievousness, extremely energetic and he left this earth much too soon.
I am completely honored I was able to photograph Mojo and give his parents these images that they will cherish forever. Here are a few of my favourites from his session.
Meet Pip – the cheerful 2 year old husky cross that always has a smile on his face! He’s energetic and impressively obedient with of course a hint of mischievousness (aren’t they all!). He excels in any dog sport he tries and he loves loves loves balls! As soon as he spotted my tennis ball his little face lit up and there was no turning back.
Pip was so much fun to capture. He has this happy go lucky spirit about him that is contagious as we soon found ourselves on Pip’s little park adventure, through the field, by the water, on the rocks, under the trees. It was great!
Ah and don’t you just miss all those beautiful fall colours!
Meet the wonderful Mr. Toby! The 5 year old charmer who has a special talent of getting sprayed by skunks repeatedly, standing on two back legs and who is notorious for being a mooch around food. His family jokes saying he has won his way to the center of their family – and I really can’t blame them, Toby is truly one of a kind!
The instant you meet Toby you notice three things 1) His happiness is contagious, it’s pretty hard not smile when you are around him 2) he is so utterly in love with his family and vice versa and 3) the fact he only has three legs doesn’t faze him. He runs, stands on his two back legs, play fights with his dad, jumps and performs for treats and squeaky balls without any hesitation!
Once you get past those big brown eyes and floppy ears and realize how many hardships and challenges this little guy must have gone through your heart breaks a little. But then you see this amazing family who changed his life and your heart is filled with joy and admiration. Toby is the ultimate example of how resilient dogs are and his family is such an inspiration.It was truly an honor to capture Toby, his family and all the love that they share!
Here are a few of my favourites of Toby, enjoy!!