Shelby in memoriam: 1993-2008

A couple of days before leaving for California I had a studio consult with Shelby and June’s parents. You guys remember the sweet girls I photographed at Greenlake? Their parents informed me that Shelby passed away on September 11th.ย 

But the good news is she died of old age- living to be 15 years old, after having a very rough start early on in life.ย She was such a special soul and will be dearly missed by her parents. And I know I will never forget her.ย 

I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone who has an elderly dog to get some good pictures taken of them. It doesn’t have to be with a professional- grab your camera, or a friend’s camera, or even commission a photography student, and some yummy treats, and head outside in natural light, and spend an hour with your sweet pooch snapping lots of pictures of them. With dogs there are no second chances, and I can’t tell you how meaningful those images become once your best friend is gone. I promise this is something you will never regret. ๐Ÿ™‚

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8 thoughts on “Shelby in memoriam: 1993-2008

  1. RIP, Sweet Shelby. My thoughts are with her family. Those are absolutely adorable photos of her.

    As a testament to how many photos I take of my dogs, my husband, who is overseas, has requested I send pictures of the dogs. He has not asked for any of me, just the dogs. Doggie photos are indeed priceless!

  2. I just uploaded a *really poor* picture of my cat, Joey – who was about 15 years old when we had to put him to rest a few years ago. He was my childhood cat – and it still chokes me up to think that he’s not around anymore. I’m so glad that I have at least one picture of him before he got real sick ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My parents just put our basset-beagle mix to sleep this last week. She was some where around the 17 year old mark…a 9th birthday present. Last time I was in town, I grabbed my camera and took some pictures. She looks like she’s laughing in one. Once she passed, my mom appreciated the picture even more.

  4. Treasure the time you have with your loved ones whether they be two or four legged. You never know how long you will have them for. Enjoy every moment. Beautiful pictures of Shelby Jamie. Give Ms. Fergie a kiss from me ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Not just elderly dogs. Animals pass away suddenly all the time, like humans. As with my cat, only 7 years old. You really do gain perspective on how cherished life should be.

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