Everyone knows their Dog is absolutely the best ever and I have been fortunate to have many wonderful dogs. But of all, Baby must have been the greatest: loving, gentle and ferocious all together. From the very earliest age whn Jakey picked her, the runt of a purebred litter, without the characteristics to make her a registrable Lab, we knew she was special. Her seal-slick coat and tiny nose that burrowed into his shoulder as we drove home just cemented that bond. All through her long life, she constantly showered everyone she loved with devotion. She was a staunch defender when she believed her humans were at risk. As a photographer, she was my challenge since she always appeared to be in the spotlight: just because she loved children and they loved her.
This series with Josie and Aaron was totally unscripted: I shoot constantly and hope to capture the emotion of the moment. With these three, it was just there from the first shot. A curious two-year old and her handsome 10 year old brother were the perfect foil for the aging grayed lady.
I hope her influence for the last six months on Woof and Zena gives them some small measure of her spirit. If so, I will again be that most fortunate human: one totally loved by Dogs.