It’s no secret, I have a HUGE love of animals. All kinds. I had a pet daddy long legs that lived in my bathroom as a kid, along with hermit crabs, fish, birds, cats, and dogs. Not all at the same time, but pretty much since birth I’ve had at least one or two pets in my life. My husband makes fun of me because I’ve been known to capture mosquitoes and spiders in the house and let them outside, and take wounded squirrels to the animal rehab center (he thinks the world would probably be OK with one less squirrel, or as my kids like to call them, “dirty old hairballs”). I especially have a soft spot for dogs. The bigger the better. So when Katy contacted me about a family session with her two dogs, Magnus (an Alaskan Malamute) and Bailey (cattle dog mix) I was so excited! We have two Siberian Huskies at home, and I always thought it would be cool to have a Malamute – I had never even seen one before, and couldn’t wait to meet all of them (the humans and the dogs). About a week before our session, Katy contacted me with news that Magnus had started limping earlier in the week and that when they took him in to be checked out, they received some unexpected news. Magnus had bone cancer, and one of his front legs had been amputated to hopefully slow the growth. Hearing that just broke my heart. But, the good news was that he did well after surgery, and was already walking by himself a little bit the next day! We waited to see how he was doing, and decided to keep our session as scheduled. Magnus was looking great, and I couldn’t believe how well he was getting around all ready! Both Magnus and Bailey were such good dogs, and I had a great time photographing them and hanging out with Katy and Ryan, too. Some of these photos were going to be Christmas gifts, so I waited on blogging them until now. :)
Katy and Ryan – I had so much fun at your session, and it was great meeting you both (and Magnus and Bailey, too!). I donate to different animal causes a few times a year, so I’ve decided to donate $1 to The National Canine Cancer Foundation for every comment left on your blog post. I hope you enjoy your photos!