|HUNTER 10.05.2005 - 03.10.2015|
From the day our Shih Tzu, Hunter, was born, May 10, 2005, until that the day that he died, October 3, 2015, words cannot express the love I had for him. He was forever and always my "Little Angel Face" or "Munch-e-kins" or "Hunner Bunner".
A dog's love is unconditional, and often times taken for granted. They are there to greet you every time you come thru the door. It doesn't matter if you had a fight with your colleague, or spilled coffee on your brand new dress, or ran out of gas on the highway and had to walk more than you're used to in order to get to the nearest gas station -- they greet you with tail wagging, tongue hanging, and a goofy grin on their adorable face. They can turn your frown upside down, and your bad mood to good, without you even knowing what hit you.
But as life takes its normal toll, and they age just as we do, eventually the day comes when we must say our goodbyes, whether we're ready to or not. It's in these moments that we take the time to reflect on the joy they brought to our lives and the way we want to always remember them. In my case, my fondest memory of Hunter is when he would lay on his back and move from side to side, like he was trying to scratch an itch but never could quite get it. Or in my husband's case, it was when Hunter would join him in the kitchen and I would hear him say, "one scoop of ice cream for me, and one scoop of ice cream for you" -- "one spoonful of peanut butter for me, and one spoonful of peanut butter for you". These are the times we will cherish the most now that our baby is gone.
But nowadays, what I'm most thankful for, is the photo shoot that I had done for Hunter back in
2009. These pictures are the way that I like to remember him, happy, healthy, and stubborn as all heck. These pictures, to me, are worth a thousand words, and continue to remind me that even though his body is gone, his spirit still lingers on.
|Lisbeth Ganer Photography|