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Rest In Paw-ridise Combo

I got a tough email late last night. It’s one of those inevitables. You know its bound to happen at some point but you never really brace yourself enough for when it becomes a reality. One of my favorite dogs I’ve ever photographed had to be put down. His name was Combo. Owners Chris and Linda named him that because they didn’t really know what breed he was. “He’s a good old Heinz 57″, I remember Chris telling me. He’s got a little bit of everything in him and thats what makes him so wonderful. I spent about 45 minutes with Combo and in that time I learned what a gentle spirit he was. He smiled with every bit of himself and the happiness showed through his eyes. He was also extremely tolerable of newcomer to the family, Cali. She was a few years younger than Combo so her life was super exciting and always fast paced. Seeing the two of them together made me want to hug Combo even tighter… And now, I sit here sending the hugs out to Chris, Linda and Cali. I’m so sorry for your loss. Combo was an amazing dog. Hold onto all the special memories of him and thank you for letting me meet him. Below are a few of the images we captured last year during our studio session. The first one is my favorite.

December 4, 2009 - 5:16 pm Emilee - I'm so sorry for their loss. He was so handsome. You captured some amazing images of Combo, I know his owners will treasure them forever.

December 4, 2009 - 6:27 pm Jane Phillips - Yes, I certainly miss Combo, too. When Chris (my cousin) let me know he had died, I felt like someone kicked a piece out of my heart. Combo was a very gentle dog and I'm glad I was priviledged to know him! He's always hold a special place in my memory.

December 4, 2009 - 9:15 pm Maria - SO so sorry...never a harder decision to be made. My best wishes go to his wonderful family. What a spectacular dog he looked to be!

December 5, 2009 - 6:37 am Christine - Only true pet lovers can fully grasp such a heartwrenching loss. Though Combo's legacy forever lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, those treasured photographs are more precious than gold!

December 7, 2009 - 5:30 am Claire - dogs' short lifespans is undoubtedly their worst quality! i'm sure his parents will treasure these though, they're wonderful.

December 7, 2009 - 6:58 am april - So terribly sad! They are lucky to have such wonderful images of their boy. My thoughts are with his family.

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