Shadow was unsteady on her feet, but was guided and held with gentle hands so that she could settle in the tall grass and sniff the breeze one more time, with a bright smile on her face.  While her body couldn’t romp the way it once had, you can see how happy she was simply to be in her favorite places, with her favorite person.

We sat in the sunset light of a warm evening, what turned out to be Shadow’s last evening, and I listened to stories of Shadow’s youthful exploits (– she was an escape artist as an adolescent and would go on walkabout in the neighborhood!) and how she was the one who adopted her owner, not the other way around.

Goodbyes like this are heartbreaking.  It always feels too soon to let go of a cherished companion, no matter when it happens.  While beautiful images which pay tribute to a beloved pet will not lessen the grief one iota, they will, in time, after the grief has softened, help us remember the joy, and the wonderful relationship we shared with that beloved furry family member.

 

Shadow smiling in the yard Shadow enjoys being pet Shadow with hedgehog Karen and Shadow smiling Karen and Shadow -- tears & love Karen and Shadow share a quiet moment

Healthy, happy dogs romping in the snow, smiling and playing. I’m trying to focus on that today, when one of my dogs is experiencing a flare-up of a chronic health condition, and I am helpless to make her get well any faster.  Seeing photos of happier, better days helps keep my spirits up and brightens my day.  I hope these photos of my huskies plus two labradoodles and a scottie puppy playing in the snow recently while boarding here at Sierra Dogs brighten your day as well.   Photography can evoke feelings and bring memories to life like no other medium; it’s one of the reasons I became a photographer.

Vesta running in the snow Luna the husky mix making a snow angel Vesta and Luna playing in the snow Muncie in the snow Porter running in the snow Finley the scottie puppy running in the snow Finley the scottie puppy standing in a snow drift

I’ve been wanting to post these images for months, but since the photos were to be a surprise Christmas gift from a husband to his wife, I had to keep them under wraps until now.

Let me tell you, keeping that secret took some work!  This couple is very close, and communicating with him and working out the details without her suspecting was very difficult.  Eventually, however, everything was in place, and I did the photo session during one of Willow’s scheduled boarding stays with me at Sierra Dogs, and managed to meet with him for an ordering session and again for product pick-up on days when she had other appointments.  All of our efforts paid off — she loved her gifts!  We put together a beautiful heirloom quality album, plus two canvases to be hung in her office.   I even loved one of the images so much that I ordered a large canvas for myself.   Here are some of my favorite shots, and a perfect way to say goodbye to 2013 and usher in the New Year.  Enjoy!

Willow at sunset Happy Willow Willow smiling Willow sees something Willow about to pounce Willow in the golden field Willow in profile Willow in the hazy light Willow walking away

  • Marcy - These are amazing! Excellent work Sierra Luna Photography!ReplyCancel

“Chocolate Pitter Patter,” she said excitedly.   “That’s the name of the pattern on the new collar and leash set I bought for J.R. for our photo shoot!”

How appropriate, I thought, to describe J.R. and his movements.  His little paws go a mile a minute to keep up with the world around him, which is significantly larger than he is.   He’s a maltese/yorkie/poodle mix, a.k.a. a morkiepoo, and he only weighs in at 13 lbs, although he has a BIG personality.

So on one fine October afternoon at a beautiful local winery, we let J.R. pitter patter his way around the grounds, proudly showing off his new gear.  His owner Judy scooped him up from time to time, to give kisses or simply have a little conversation, as they are wont to do.   (He’s a good listener.)

I’ve known J.R. almost his whole life, since he’s been a longtime boarding client of my other business Sierra Dogs, but photographing him and watching him interact with his owner was a whole new experience for me.

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  • JR Meagles - My day at the Winery was amazing. I especially enjoyed the Fall colors and trotting through the Vineyards on this wonderful day. I am very proud of the way my hair looked with the special mousse we applied. I really enjoyed working with you Eden. My Pitter Patter leash and harness are now two of my favorite things. Hugs and kisses, JR.ReplyCancel

I was asked to photograph multiple critters in a household recently, and that turned out to be two gorgeous adult yellow labrador retrievers, a foster puppy that we think is a terrier mix, a litter of tiny black and white foster kittens, and four beautiful and friendly adult cats.  They really gave me a workout trying to get shots of all of these active pets in one afternoon, but it was lots of fun!  Here are a few of my favorite shots so far.  I really admire the owner, Paula, for not only creating a loving home for her forever animals, but opening her heart and her home up to foster animals as well, in the hopes of finding them permanent families.

  • Trudy Kilian - These are wonderful pictures, Eden! I really love seeing the kitties in the wild (outdoors). The cat with Bengal markings really looks like a not-too-distant cousin of a wild Bengal Tiger. All four of the cats look so “knowing.” I also love the picture of the kitten walking on the back of the couch. Something tells me that this kitty is going to be quite the adventurer! “Sasha on the couch” looks like she is trying to tell you a good story.

    Thanks for sharing your talents with us, Eden!ReplyCancel

  • cindy smith - These are great ..you really captured all of them in a very natural way. Enjoy looking at your pictures..ReplyCancel

  • Nadine Rozowsky - Such beautiful pictures!!! I love them all. The outdoor cats are exceptional.ReplyCancel

  • Elise - Very beautiful photosReplyCancel

  • Paula - As the proud mom of these beautiful animals, all I can say is thank you Eden for taking such wonderful pictures. I particularly love the photo of Dasher (my big black sweetie) — all of my photos of him end up looking like a black blob– the composition and colors of that photo are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - I also adore the photo of Princess Lola owning the couch! Cannot wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Weisberg - You are an amazing photographer and these are gorgeous photos.ReplyCancel