If you have ever lost a beloved pet then you know that letting go is hard to do. Especially when you have to make the decision when to end the suffering of your pet.
Gretchen was just a few days short of her 10th birthday when I had to say goodbye to her. She followed me everywhere, slept next to me at night and her greatest joy was riding in the car with her head out the window. She also had a passion for fries from Whataburger.
Last December I found out that she had bone cancer and that it had progressed too far and there wasn't anything that could be done for her. I'm grateful that I had her as long as I did and that for most of that time she didn't suffer.
She was so full of life and active, always running and playing and barking. Lots of barking. But she loved me more than any pet I've ever had. She was my best friend. I will miss her so much, but I have faith that I will be with her again someday. I know she is waiting for me on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
When I received her diagnosis I knew that I wanted to create an album for her so I would have a keepsake to remember her by. I gathered up images I'd taken of her over the last few years and there were many. She was always my test model whenever I was setting up for a session so she got plenty of camera time. I got the album last week and it is beautiful. To me, it is a priceless heirloom that I will cherish forever. I wanted to share a few pages from her album.