I remember last year around the holiday's getting a call from a young woman in Champaign, IL. She wanted to get something special for her Mom for Christmas and had decided it was going to be a session with me. She explained that her Mom had a senior dog that she loved very much and wanted the session for her. I remember thinking how nice this was...that this daughter had put that much thought into a gift for her Mom. Fast forward to Monday, the nicest lady shows up at my house with this beautiful senior dog.
She explained that Gwen had just turned 14 years old. As I started working with her in the studio, testing what Gwen knew as far as tricks. I kept thinking...is she really 14? Gwen still wanted to play fetch, she was more than willing to give me a paw for a treat and was very happy to roll over for belly rubs. As you can tell by the images, Gwen had no problem showing off her supermodel skills for the camera as long as the treats kept coming. Through conversation with her Mom and watching Gwen, it was very clear she was very loved.
Gwen has certainly reminded me why I love senior dogs. Our session was very laid back and calm but still so much fun. It was such an honor to photographer her and meet Gwen's Mom, both beautiful ladies with wonderful personalities.