Today has been one of the hardest days of my life. We lost our gorgeous girl, Abby, this afternoon. She wasn’t even nine years old. I can’t believe how quickly this happened. She was diagnosed with cancer in October of last year. The diagnosis was pretty grim in that they only projected 4 months. To top that off, Abby tore her CCL as well. So my poor girl had an aggressive form of cancer and was one leg down. We made the decision to do surgery to remove the tumor. After the first surgery we then found a surgeon that would not only work to get better margins on the tumor but would also perform surgery on Abby’s leg. Both of the surgeries went well, and it was time to recover.
Recovery was tough for Abby, but she seemed to be doing okay. Then, all of the sudden, she started going downhill and fast. I couldn’t believe how quickly things turned. She could barely walk due to a second tumor forming under a different leg, and you could tell she was just miserable. I can’t imagine making a tougher decision, but we had to do what was best for Abby. Our wonderful vet, Dr. Wilkie, came to our home and helped Abby cross the rainbow bridge.
As I’m writing this I’m fighting back tears, and I’ve pretty much been crying for the past two days. I don’t want to remember my Abby as she was right before she passed, but as the energetic, full of life, always happy to see you, and sweetest dog ever created. Here are some of the images I took of her over the years. She was my muse and reason for becoming a dog photographer. It’s going to be rough without her, but I know she’s chasing balls, swimming, and eating lots of treats.
The above image was taken the day we brought Abby home. We were in love from the first moment she joined our family. She definitely grew into a beautiful girl. I love her coloring, the way her fur curled and crimped by her ears, and the fact that she sat like a golden frog.
The poor pup was always willing to help me out when it came to my work. This is an image I created in my first year of business. I had this idea for photographing Abby at the salon. She posed like a champ, and I still get a great response from this image.
Abby was by far the best big sister anyone could ask for. She was patient, kind, and always ready to play!
This image is one of my favorites of my sweet girl. I love her expression and that nose!
I can’t imagine having a home without my sweet girl, and I hate the hole I feel right now. I didn’t just lose a pet. I lost a family member, or as I would call her, my first born. Abby you will be missed, but we will think of you every day and look at your sweet face as often as we can.