Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rest in Peace Sweet Maggie - Kansas City Pet Photography

One of the hardest parts about being a dog photographer is when I learn that a doggy I have met and photographed has passed away. I become very connected with every dog that I meet, regardless of the amount of time spent with them. I am honored that I can provide memories to be cherished forever. Those memories are always appreciated so much more after a pet has passed away. My friend Lori just lost her sweet 12 year old Border Collie Maggie and it breaks my heart. There are no words that can heal the pain of losing a pet, but I hope this poem I found provides a little bit of comfort.

Your Pets In Heaven
by Ken D. Conover

To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all. For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you. For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly. For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures. I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging. We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever. You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique. Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

Sweet girl...

Bonding with brother Sully.

Being shy...

Some love from Mommy.


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