It appears every year around this time, the Remembrance Tree. Well, that's what I call it anyway. It's a little tree tucked in the woods along a path that Lexi and I occasionally walk. The little tree gets decorated with Christmas baubles, lights, and an assortment of random decorations. What sets this tree apart, though, are the cards, photos, and letters placed on it by people that have had a pet pass on. Some are memories of childhood pets, long departed but never forgotten. Others are for dogs that have recently crossed the 'Rainbow Bridge".
I've walked past this tree on several occasions over the years, but this time I paused a little longer than usual to read a few of the sentiments, while Lexi curiously sniffed at the ones her ever working nose could reach, reading the cards in her own doggy way. I watched her 13.5 year old body stretch up to catch a scent of whatever it is she can smell.
I thought of all the dog's I have know in my life, in my family, and through my work as a dog walker, and as a K9 photographer, every one of them 'The Best Dog Ever'.
I remember a photoshoot I did for an elderly man and his elderly dog a few years ago, they were to be the last photos he would have taken with his beloved pupper. I remember a photoshoot where a young dog developed a sudden illness not long after and passed away The family, glad to have had the photos taken. And photos I did during my dog walking days for people to remember how their dogs loved to be out and having adventures.
The little Remembrance Tree gave me pause to, well, remember all the good times I have had with the dogs that came across my path. I am eternally grateful for the lessons each one of them has given me, and I do remember them all. (and there were a lot!)
So, I suppose my message to you is this; take lots of photos of your dogs, you will be glad you did.
With love and biskits,