Direct descendants from the Grey Wolf and believed to still retain 99% of its genetic make-up, todays domestic dog is still very much a pack animal. But more so, with domestication came the ability to develop a bond stronger and more loyal that any other animal.
Sharing your life with a dog is something that will change you forever. It is true that they are a huge commitment, not just financially but emotionally too. But the rewards are immeasurable.
In last my post I introduced you to Sara and Matthew and their three fantastic dogs, Ellie, Pickles and Maggie. Having emailed Sara to advise her that the images were ready for them to view, I was not surprised when Sara emailed me back. What she had to say however was a shock. In the little time since I had last been with them Ellie had been diagnosed with Cancer.
Whist it touched very close to home for me as we lost our lovely Kaci to cancer, the truth is, whenever they go, in which ever way, loosing them tears through your heart in a way you could never imagine.
I knew immediately that I wanted to return to see them. We had battled with the rain on our last shoot and whilst we did get some great images, we could not get all of the ones we had wanted. Now more than ever that became a priority.
This time the sun was shining and the blue sky was scattered with fluffy white clouds. Ellie, Pickles and Maggie ran to greet me as I arrived ready for another fun session.
Ellie has already had surgery to remove the lump and her specialised medication which is being imported from the USA is due to arrive in the next few days. Regardless of her recent ordeals, Ellie was her usual self and such a beautiful, loving dog.
In fact, the gang really are a crazy bunch. Whilst Pickles sits gracefully in the shade, Maggie is obssessing over her toy, throwing it at me and then starring, waiting for me to make my move. And Ellie takes this opportunity to rob me of all my treats, as she gets her head firmly wedged into the back hanging from my kit belt.
But they all are so sweet and beautiful and a credit to Sara and Matthew.
Fingers and toes are crossed for Ellie and we hope she makes good progress and definitely look forward to seeing them all again in the future.