I first met Buddy nearly a year ago when he came to one of the mini-sessions we were doing at Nature’s Pet Wilsonville. He was the most beautiful brindle Boston terrier who truly only had eyes for his momma. And then, we saw him again when Santa Paws was in town and again when we did Reigning Cats and Dogs.
Buddy was always a cutie and he always kept his eyes on his mom.
Last week we had the pleasure of doing a custom session with Buddy and this little guy was amazing. He was a trooper as we walked through Graham Oaks Park in Wilsonville.
Just a few days earlier, Buddy was diagnosed with cancer and his family had always wanted photos of him in his favorite place to go for walks.
Buddy was the very first dog for his family and even though he didn’t find them until he was six years old, he was the very best ambassador a first time dog owner could ever have.
When he first met Sarah, he circled her with love and the best of friendships began.
From the very beginning, Buddy stole the hearts of Sarah and her family. He knew Sarah needed him as much as he needed her.
Without any training, Buddy became Sarah’s guardian. Sarah has seizures and Buddy learned to detect them with almost a 90% accuracy. In their short time together, Buddy became so in tune with Sarah that he knew when to gently guide her to safety.
Sarah loves purple and oddly enough on that overcast day in July, the fields were covered with purple daisy-like flowers. We should all be so lucky to see our favorite things together.
After Buddy’s diagnosis, the plan was to start chemo to see if they could shrink the tumor. Sadly, that wasn’t part of the bigger plan for Buddy. We spend the morning last Sunday laughing and walking through the park and when Buddy got tired, we took his last series of photos and gave him a big hug for being such a trooper.
On Monday, Buddy took a turn for the worse and by Wednesday evening, Sarah and her family knew it was time to say good-bye. When I got the call, my tears flowed right along with theirs. I know how devastating it is to lose a pet, a member of the family. But Buddy was so much more to Sarah.
I have no doubt that Buddy will continue to look out for Sarah, it won’t be the same, but it will still be just as loving and caring as it was before.
And so dear sweet Sarah, if I had but one wish, it would be to help your broken heart. Buddy was special in so many ways and please remember how special you are. Knowing how much he loved you and cared for you makes you truly special, and he gave you a gift of love like no other.
Little guy, your loss is huge in the hearts that are missing you tonight. You gave so many gifts to the family that loved you during the two short years you were with them.
Thank you for honoring me with the pleasure of taking your photos.