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In Memory – Blake

As always, when I hear of the passing of a dear pet who I’ve had the pleasure of photographing I take a walk down memory lane. Each session resonates with me on so many levels – it’s easy to return to each session and relive the challenges, the laughter, sometimes sadness but always great love.

This was the case with the session for Don and Kevin back in 2010. A second session for us, and by then Don had partnered with me as my amazing manager. To say I knew these dogs better than most was an understatement. Beyond many “working” pool-side meetings at their lovely home – these two had opened their home to me during troubled times and I called their beautiful place “home” for several months. I remain forever grateful.

Don and Kevin said goodbye this week to their oldest – Blake. Fifteen years old, he battled cancer recently, and succumbed to the dreaded disease. Today their pack is smaller by one. I know Blake was the patriarch and for now Dash, Penny and Girlie have lost their compass.  That void, I know, is even greater for Don and Kevin. It seems like just yesterday we chased these four around the yard for this session.

My heartfelt sympathy and love to both Don and Kevin. No one gives a dog a better life than the two of you. My heart is with you both.

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