I look forward to each January.¬† After a flurry of activity during the holiday season it is always a welcome respite to scale back, take inventory of the year past, and make plans for the upcoming year.
Business-wise, 2008 was phenomenal for me.¬† I continue to be lucky enough to photograph so many wonderful animals.¬† Of course, those animals always come with some pretty special humans as well.
Most of my work is light and fun and playful. Sometimes though I’m asked to document a pet who is at the end of his or her life.¬† Lately, most of my calls for sessions with ill pets have been pets diagnosed with cancer.
Did you know that 1 in 4 pets will be diagnosed with cancer? It shouldn’t surprise me, since our pets are living longer,¬† that we will see an increase in cancer diagnoses among our animal friends.
Last fall we lost our beloved Princess Daisy of Everything and The Dog. She was a famous blogging dog who passed her blogging pen on to her cousin Bob.
My assistant, Michelle’s dog Peaches, was diagnosed with an insulinoma. She underwent surgery and has had some extra healthy, happy months.
Just this week I’ve had two calls for pet sessions for dogs with cancer. One dog is only 4 1/2 years old.
I’m not trying to depress you with this information. I’m only trying to shed some light on a really large issue in animal health.¬† Research is only starting to match the rate of cancer diagnoses.
Someone who is doing a lot to further canine cancer research is Luke Robinson with 2Dogs2000Miles. After losing his own pet, Malcolm, three years ago to cancer, Luke and his two dogs Murphy and Hudson, are walking a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to canine cancer.
Please check out his site. Educate yourself. Donate if you can. Support Luke on the road with messages.
We owe it to our animal family members to do all that we can to extend their time with us.
To end on a happier note – here is a shot of my own beloved Ms. Lily – dog model, lighting assistant, treat eater!