Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet Bella & Family - Kansas City Dog Photography

My heart was breaking when I was told Bella, a young Golden Retriever had been diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer. Even if treated, the cancer would return. Bella has been given between 2 weeks and 3 months to live. I was honored to be chosen to document her innocent spirit and love with her beautiful family. This is one of the hardest parts of being a dog photographer, but I also feel blessed I am able to preserve forever memories to be cherished always.

Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers seen in dogs. Although there are breeds that appear to be at increased risk for this disease, lymphoma can affect any dog of any breed at any age. It accounts for 10-20% of all cancers in dogs. Lymphoma (lymphosarcoma or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system. In a healthy animal, the lymphoid system is an important part of the body's immune system defense against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. Lymphoid tissue normally is found in many different parts of the body including lymph nodes, liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract and skin. Lymphosarcoma is classified according to the location in the body in which the cancer begins.

I know many of you may be skeptical, but I received a message from an animal communicator last night who saw Bella's photos and Bella had a message for her family: "Bella knows that she is dying and picture number 7 is how she wants her family to remember her. Bella is at peace, she has filled her soul contract." This is the photo she was referring to.


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