Cooder joined me for a family session in the garden in mid-November. Not quite a winter garden, but pretty darn close. The sun gave us just a bit of warmth.
Cooder was such a gentle and happy soul. His true aim in life was to make his humans happy…
And happy he made them.
In October he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and as part of his bucket list, they brought him to Salem for a Celebration Session. Cooder showed me all of the things that made him special. I saw devotion as he looked into Gabe’s eyes (a treat may or may not have been involved). I saw pure joy as he raced across the yard. I saw a boy looking for the go ahead to go after the squirrel. But most of all I saw this beautiful soul. I saw a kind heart with a whole lot of unconditional love.
Racing through the gardens
Cooder took to the open grassy area like a duck to water. Running between his two humans was the best game ever. I don’t think there is anything more joyful to watch than a dog that loves to run. Cooder is part saluki and that might explain his zest.
His family was able to wander beside him as he checked out the gardens and smelled every blade of grass.
Squirrel and bird watch
Cooder was beyond thrilled when the squirrel ran across the fence top. I’m pretty sure he’s looking back at his family thinking, “Wow, did you see that?”
It’s always a privilege to photograph other people’s pets, but a Celebration Session is also an honor.
Thank you for honoring me with your photos Cooder.