Baby Announcement, Fun in the Snow and a Tribute to Archer
Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying quality time with family, cozy hot chocolate by the fire and all that comes with this wonderful time of year. I don’t know about you, but for me, this year has flown by. It was just yesterday that I was photographing 2017 holiday sessions. And, to be brutally honest, I have dropped the ball MAJORLY this year with my blogging. I’m not going to make excuses. Instead I’m going to promise to catch up and do much much better in 2019. The beautiful furkids I get to meet deserve it, and so do you my dear friends!
Today, I want to tell you about our session with Archer and Polar. It was a snowy day toward the end of 2017 when we met. Archer and Polar’s mamma reached out to us for a session to celebrate. Celebrate their upcoming addition to their family with a little baby hooman, but also to celebrate their beautiful furkid, Archer. You see, Archer’s health started to decline in 2017. It was therefore so important to get not only a baby announcement photo in, but also photographs of Archer to capture his incredible beauty and spirit in that moment in time. And, let’s not forget, Archer’s older brother Polar! This little munchkin, his brother and pawrents made such a huge and unique impression on our hearts. I can’t really explain why. Maybe, it’s the husky connection, maybe it’s the love that this family shared. Here’s their backstory:
At the time we met, Polar was an 11 year old Bichon/Japanese Chin that his mom had since he was just 6 weeks old! Polar was a Valentine’s Day gift from her boyfriend (now husband). Polar was the last of the litter to be taken, probably because of his lazy eye, but they always found it quite endearing (as did we!!!). As his mamma told us before the shoot, Polar has always been a cuddle bug and is extremely attached to her. He has also always been an old soul and very chill. He’s so chill in fact that sometimes, they wonder if he thinks he is a cat. 🙂
When we met him, Archer was 6 years old. A pure-bred Siberian Husky, Archer came into his family’s life as a puppy as well. When they met Archer, he was an adorable little husky puppy fluff-ball with piercing blue eyes. Truth be told (and I can 100% relate to this), Archer’s mamma to be was a bit leary of him because he looked mischievous (Hahah, that’s a husky trick!). While Archer was originally going to be part of his mom’s brother’s family, his soon-to-be mom and dad bonded with Archer so instantly and strongly that they could not let him go. And so Archer stayed! The reason the photos and our session with this family was so important to them was because they love their pups, but, also, because Archer was becoming sick. He suffered from epilepsy, which started when he was only 3 years old (sadly, epilepsy is not uncommon among huskies). Unfortunately, Archer had started becoming dangerously close to crossing the rainbow bridge last summer. But he was such a fighter and somehow beat liver failure. His seizures became difficult to control, but his pawrents did everything they could, adding the necessary medication and trying different things in an attempt to make his life the best it could be. Nonetheless, they remained realistic.
Thankfully, Archer had several more wonderful months with his family after our session. He got to protect and love on his mamma while she was pregnant. Archer was such a good boy. He listened well (to his Dad), was so smart and cuddly. He loved everybody, and we fell in his love with Archer and Polar the minute we met them!
Losing a pet, no matter how long or short they’ve been in your life, is one of the hardest things we as humans go through. They are such a part of our lives and hearts. It truly is the equivalent of losing a dear family member. But we should always be assured that they are with us, and that they continue to fill our hearts with love and joy, long after they cross.
We hope these photos bring Archer and Polar’s pawrents smiles and joy for many years to come. We know that Archer is watching over his baby sibling from above with pride. We are so lucky to have had the chance to meet them all. XOXO