This morning on the way to drop Kerriann off at school, I received some very sad news. My aunt's dog has been diagnosed with Leukemia and will be put to sleep this afternoon. This was very sudden and caught the entire family off guard. We were just at my aunt's house over the weekend and Harvey seemed fine. My daughter goes to spend time with my aunt pretty often, and she and Harvey have become close buddies. She loves sleeping with him, and throwing him tea parties. I have not told her yet but plan to tonight after school and I am dreading it. Explaining loss to a three year old is not an easy thing. How is someone there one day and three days later they are not?
Though we do not have a pet yet (we felt that it would be selfish on our part to have a pet when we're moving multiple times a year), through my aunt's pets I have come to realize just how important these furry creatures are. We are just as attached to them as a child at times. They're there for us every day, through the good times and bad. Yeah we may get annoyed at them when they chew up a shoe or rip open the trash, but we love them nonetheless.
Because I know how important your pets are to you, I want to make sure that you have beautiful images of your pets, as well as images of your children. Pets are ALWAYS welcome in my family sessions, and can be added to child sessions. I am also going to work on a pet "mini session" package that will not just be for a specific length of time, but will continuously run. I want to capture not only your children, but your furry children as well.
So today, in honor of Harvey, snuggle up close to your pets and keep my aunt's family in your prayers as they say goodbye to an important member of the family. Harvey, we all love you and will miss you terribly! You are an important part of the Lohr family and will never be replaced!
One of my all time favorite family snapshots, "Puppy Love," Harvey and Kerriann, Memorial Day 2012