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Abby, Ralph and Zoe

How many people out there can say that they’ve seen a Chinese Crested, much less, photograph one? I’ve never done either until I got to meet and photograph Abby! I was beyond excited to get this opportunity!

Abby is 11 years old with a little puffball face and tail. She is such a delicate little girl that prefers to stay off the grass and would rather be in someone’s lap. I love this shot of her whole furless tiny body. :)

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She even has a gorgeous smile! :)
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Although Abby’s usually pretty mellow and chill, she gets a wild hair when her mom starts to weed the flower garden. I don’t know what it is, but she LOOOOOOves to chase the weeds when they are thrown into the woods. That whole delicate-dog-thing goes out the window at that point.
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Abby isn’t an only child! She has a brother, Ralph, and sister Zoe. Ralph was one of the pups we were most worried about capturing on camera. He doesn’t warm up to strangers but as long as he has his tennis ball, he’s a pretty happy camper. He actually knocked it out of the park. We got some great shots of him!
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This is one of my favs. I love the flowers surrounding his happy face. :)
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“Play with me!!!!!”
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Last but not least, we photographed Zoe. She’s also a little shy around strangers but she will eventually warm up. Like her brother, she’s a little obsessed with some tennis ball too!
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Those flowers again!!! She’s fixated on her tennis ball!
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These pups made me work my tail off but we captured some wonderful moments that truly show off their fun personalities! :) Thanks for such a great shoot!

Edmund Fitzgerald and Hershel

When Edmund Fitzgerald’s dad contacted me for his session, I’ll admit that I didn’t know what the Doxie’s name was in reference to. It wasn’t until after I talked to a friend of mine that I learned of the famed freighter and folk song. After reading up on the story, I was confident enough to go into the session knowing everything about the tragic events of the boat’s wreck. Now I just needed to find out why this tiny little Dachshund was named after this freighter…

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Turns out that Edmund Fitzgerald’s parents are big Gordon Lightfoot fans (this singer of the folk song) and have been to several of his concerts. In ironic fashion, they thought it would be funny to name such a tiny, little creature after a huge 728-foot boat. How hysterical!!!
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He is so cute and photogenic!
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Not to be overshadowed, Hershel is Edmund Fitzgerald’s older brother. His gray face shows his age but he is wise beyond his years. :)
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He still has some craziness in him too! :)
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Doxies are so cute when they run!!! I love their flying ears!
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Hehe! Edmund Fitzgerald almost looks like a toy here…
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Well, if you didn’t know about the Edmund Fitzgerald and/or the song, I hope you get the chance to look it up and get a little history lesson today! :) And if you don’t, at least you got to look at some super-cute pups!

Emilee - Oh my goodness, these are too cute, Sarah! I just love those flying ears. Awesome images!

Beth | Daily Dog Tag - What a couple of cuties! This Edmund Fitzgerald is definitely not a wreck!

Erika - They are absolutely adorable! Gorgeous photos!

Sadie and Chloe

I’ve said this a million times before. I hate cancer.

When Sadie’s mom contacted me over 4th of July weekend, she knew something was going terribly wrong with her baby. Out of nowhere, Sadie became ill and disoriented. She was rushed to the vet and given fluids and had some tests done. Turns out she was anemic and would also need to come back for an ultrasound. At that point, her mom was obviously scared of what was to come. We scheduled a session immediately.

Fortunately, Sadie was pretty much back to her normal self when we began shooting. As you’ll see, she was smiling (and, wow, does she have a contagious smile!!!) and even doing a little running. I love that she didn’t look (or act) ill the entire time. Gosh…she is such a sweet and wonderful girl.

Days after our session, Sadie had her ultrasound appointment. A mass was discovered on her spleen and her parents were now faced with the almost impossible decision of whether or not to put their almost 12-year-old dog through surgery. Before they could make up their minds, nature had it’s way with Sadie yet again.

She went into another bad state and was rushed to the emergency vet again. This time, she went into surgery right away to remove her spleen. The mass was removed and the biopsy came back confirming everyone’s suspicions – splenic hemangiosarcoma…cancer.

Sadie is now back home recovering from surgery and is doing great! The vet gave her 2-5 months to live but I think her amazing spirit will keep her here much longer.

I can’t express how emotional this roller coaster has been for her parents, her fur-sister, Chloe, and even me. I’m so grateful we could make this session happen….it brings tears to my eyes.

And without further ado, this my dear Sadie (on the right) and her sister, Chloe…

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Knowing the circumstances of this session, these smiles amaze me…
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Sadie has been through ACL surgery and has the signature “sit” of that now. Haha! Oh, and did I mention she is deaf? She is so alert and young-looking…you’d never know it!
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And Miss Chloe is a little bit a a goofball. Her eyes and that lovely fur are so photogenic!
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We spent our session at the Harrisburg Farmer’s Market. There were some cool buildings, trails, and fields to explore. I’m so in love with this wide shot.
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Chole might be a little jealous of the extra attention Sadie’s been getting… ;)
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See!!!!! Sadie got a little pep in her step!!!! I’m sooooooo glad!!!
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I just love this dog…
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And the family picture. I don’t think a dog could have a happier face. This was definitely a moment Sadie will always remember. She got so many hugs and kisses this day. Chloe, on the other hand, is ready for a nap.
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Please keep this family in your thoughts over the next several months. It’s not time to say goodbye yet. xx!

Charlotte Reeves - Sadie and Chloe are a pair of beauties that’s for sure! Love these two, beautiful job capturing them Sarah!

Fenne - such beautiful dog and wonderful photographs. I hope she will stay good for a long time.

Beth | Daily Dog Tag - Beautiful images! Sending good thoughts to Sadie and her family that she has many more great days. I hope she surprises the vet with her longevity. (Chloe is adorable as well.)

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