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In Memory – Sosa

It with with a heavy heart that I post this memorial. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  We met Sosa and his cohort, Mollie Anne the fall of 2010. The photo session was driven, in large part, by the fact that Mollie Anne had been diagnosed with cancer.

Though doing well, her humans had no idea how much time she had left and wanted to capture some images while she still felt great.

Fast forward a year. Mollie Anne is doing surprisingly well. But sadly, her younger counterpart, Sosa, recently became acutely ill and was diagnosed with untreatable bladder cancer.  They lost him in a matter of hours after his diagnosis.

It’s never, ever easy to lose a family member.  I think it’s particularly difficult when we begin to prepare ourselves for the loss of one pet and unexpectedly lose a different one. It knocks the wind out of you on many levels.

So, the Costa Family said goodbye to Sosa. A contradiction of sorts as dogs go – regal and bold and handsome to observe with his full, luscious red coat – but a cuddly, sweet, happy dog at heart.

Our sympathy to the Costa family on your loss of  beloved Sosa.  And wishes for continued health for Mollie Anne.



January 7, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Tracey - Bev, your words are as beautiful as your photos. Thank you for being so wonderful. Sosa will indeed be missed.

January 7, 2012 - 1:10 pm

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January 7, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Nadine Rozowsky - I can’t imagine what this family is going through. Such beautiful dogs and so hopeful with Mollie Anne doing so well, to losing Sosa. Bev the portraits are magnificent and the family are so fortunate to have these keepsakes of their beloved family pets for always.

January 7, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Nicola - My sympathies for the families loss.

January 7, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Virginia - Thank you so much Bev. We are heartbroken and miss him beyond words. Your beautiful pictures have been such a treasure to us. You really captured our boy and we are so thankful to have those memories of him.

January 7, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Cher - Both are so beautiful!
Rest in Peace Sosa! Say hello to my Charlie and Butch for The Salos.


January 7, 2012 - 6:09 pm

don - RIP Sosa. You will be greatly missed.

January 8, 2012 - 10:25 am

Sandy and Bob Belsley - Hi Costa Family,

This is so sad. Mollie must be grieving too and will need special attention. Bless them both and you guys.

Sandy w/Bob

January 8, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Glennon - Sosa is so beautiful. I’m so very sorry, Virginia.

Love you.


January 17, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Kim - Virginia, I am just now seeing these photos. And I’m crying… You can truly see his soul through these photos. I will be hugging my fur babies a little tighter tonight. Sorry again for the loss of a cherished family member.

May 5, 2012 - 11:58 am

Ann S - These photos are stunning. My heart goes out to this family for their loss. We lost one of our babies this past week. Our boy was 11 and we’d been given a diagnosis of lung cancer two weeks prior. As we were steeling ourselves for what was to come, we were quickly side-swiped by a brain tumor we weren’t aware of. It’s never easy to lose a cherished loved one.

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