today i received some more sad news. Wilson, the truly charming and ultra-handsome yellow lab i had the pleasure of photographing, was put to rest at his home yesterday with his loving momma by his side…
who shared her thoughts with me in an email: “He was enduring too much pain for me to let things continue. He fought with so much courage and grace for a full year – when doctors said I would be lucky to get three months with him. In that year I have learned to respect him so very much because – despite his illness – every day he was positive, enthusiastic and thankful for all of the small pleasures in his life. This was a hard decision because mentally he was still trying to fight. But the pain was more than I could let him endure.”
when i first met 8-year-old Wilson in September of 2010, his health was failing, but true to his courageous character, he was bright and sprightly for our time together. we had so much fun, wandering the grounds of his home, people-watching and playing with his favourite ball. at the time it was unknown how much time he had left. every day he was treated like a king and given all the love in the world. i heard he had the best time of his life at his cottage vacation in the fall.
he was such a loving and happy guy and it showed through my lens. not surprisingly, i fell in love with every single image from my session with Wilson. i was so excited to help create the Wall of Wilson for his home.
my heart goes out to you Linda. i know how special your relationship with your boy was. he was incredibly lucky to have been loved by you. you gave him the most fantastic life any dog could wish for.
seriously, wasn’t he super handsome?
he sure loved his belly rubs!
Wilson loved playing fetch with his favourite ball.
and still acted like a pup.
he loved to sit and watch the people pass by.
and show off for them.
he was so soulful, so expressive.
and so incredibly HAPPY!
he was always aware of where his momma was at all times. i think it’s fair to say he was a momma’s boy.
he followed her everywhere and they enjoyed their many walks together.
he had one of the best smiles i have ever captured!
and one of the saddest faces too. Wilson you are such a heart-breaker…you will be missed. xo
for more photos of Wilson, here is a musical slideshow of his session: