Have you heard of the term heart dog? It’s that once in a lifetime (twice if you’re lucky) dog that is your soulmate. Buddy was my heart dog and here is our story.
When I graduated from college my goal was to have a house with a fenced yard so I could have a dog. In 1996 that dream came true and Sloan entered my life, a 5 week old weimeraner/labrador puppy. Sloan was everything I ever wanted in a dog: loyal, fun, energetic to the point of crazy at times and beautiful. We shared an amazing bond. I knew how much she loved me and I believe she knew I felt the same way about her. One of my biggest regrets is not having any great photos of her. I have a lot of pictures of her but none that are great. Probably the hardest day of my life was Dec 13, 2008 when I said goodbye to her.
On April 4, 2009 I officially started See Spot Run and I walked my first dog. I started my dog walking and pet sitting business in Sloan’s memory. She didn’t like to be boarded at the vet when I traveled so I hired a pet sitter to care for her. Those experiences are what led me to start See Spot Run. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Then came Buddy. Buddy was between 7-10 years old when my house became his forever home on Dec 31, 2008. I knew almost immediately he was a special dog. I told my husband shortly after we got him that however long we would have him would not be long enough. He lived with us for almost 6 years and as his health started to fail in the summer of 2014, I decided to buy my first professional camera. I wanted to have an image of him that I could look at and be thankful to have. I said goodbye to Buddy 5 weeks after I got the camera. I have learned so much about photography since taking this photo but I am so grateful to have it. I owe Buddy a debt of gratitude. He is the reason BARKography exists and he is my motivation every time I am behind my lens.
Simply put: I love dogs. I love my dogs. I love my client’s dogs. I’ll love your dogs.
I believe that dogs make our lives better. Looking at the photos I have of Buddy that hang on the walls of my house are what I want to create for you. I want to create artwork for your walls that you can cherish forever. Pieces you can look at and remember the bond you share and how much you love each other. Wall art that makes you smile. Artwork that you are grateful to have.
To see my most recent work, view the gallery on the BARKography Dog Photography page. You can follow me @barkography on Instagram too.
“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull