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Family is Love and Love is a Four-Legged Word

Hi friends! I hope you are all doing well in these crazy times.  A few weekends ago, we celebrated National Dog Mom Day in addition to Mother’s Day. I am so glad this holiday was created for us furmoms, because let’s face it, we love and spoil our little furry kids with so much heart, soul + fervor that it only makes sense to celebrate us, too!   While Newton and Maya apparently needed to be reminded of the holiday, I know you are with me… the amount of love, laughter, joy and comfort these furkids give us on the daily is thanks enuff for being their mommas!

Today, I wanted to share with you the beautiful and very special dog photography session we had with Coconut (aka “Coco”), his two fursiblings, Charlie + Goku, and his hoomans. Coco’s mom reached out, because unfortunately Coco had been diagnosed with cancer and they weren’t sure how much time he had left. Understandably, she was hoping to capture some special photographs right away to celebrate the love they all have for Coco and each other. I was so excited to meet them for this very special session and couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful day shooting.

Charlie is an adorable 11 yo wire-haired Dachshund (Doxie) who was just 3 months old when his momma adopted him from a shelter in San Francisco. When Charlie was 3 yo, Coconut joined the fam, and he and Charlie started their doxie-bro journey together. When we met Coco (the star of the show), he was 11 years old, and as you’ll see in the first photo below, a stunning bi-eyed Doxie with one blue and one brown eye. This cutie-patootie was adopted during a Pride Parade in San Francisco at a “Kiss My Wiener Booth”! How amazing, right?! Coco, Charlie and their momma were the center of each other’s universe for many amazing years. Then, one fine day, Coco and Charlie’s family grew by 1 more pup and 2 more hoomans! They got a brand new fur-sibling named Goku, who is an equally adorable + handsome Lab mix who was also adopted.  

We met this gorgeous family on Mount Falcon on a glorious afternoon, not long after Coco’s mom reached out. While we had some unexpected snow the day prior and were worried about the conditions on the mountain, we were blessed by the weather gods with some lovely and warm golden sunlight. Sometimes, a session takes on a life of its own, and there’s hardly much direction I have to give. The connections and emotions flow through the lens like magic. This was one of those sessions.  

I can’t tell you how much this pet photography session meant to me, and I’m just so grateful to have had the chance to document this amazing family, and especially their sweet Coco. It’s true, “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull. But I know none of us would trade that short time loving dogs for the world. They live on in our hearts and make us better human beings. Thank you to Coco and his family for allowing me to document their love. I will cherish the memories furever.

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