I always say that being a San Clemente Family Photographer is one of the best jobs. However, it's not just a job to me. I live and breathe it. I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of a photograph.
Almost 2 months ago my pup, Capone had a vet visit. It was just a routine visit for dental work and yearly labs. Now, my boy is a little over 9 years old. Which is probably close to about 3/4 of the way through a Golden's lifespan. Ever since he was a puppy, he's had some sort of medical issue or another. I've called him my million dollar pup because we've spent so much on vet bills trying to fix all his random issues. Unfortunately, though, you can't fix old age.
Capone has arthritis. It's all throughout his hind quarters. It's difficult for him to get up when he's been laying down. He moves so much slower than he used to. He's on 2 different types of supplements to try and ease his joint pain. He's still got some life in him. He still plays around by himself (with his baby) and also with his sister, Cali. Who is the same age but you'd never know it because she still has so much energy.
During his checkup, the vet called and we started talking about his ailments. While I know he's not ready yet, and I do believe he'll let me know when he is, quality of life was discussed. I don't want him to suffer. That will never be something I'm okay with. And for now, I don't think he is. Just some old man aches and pains. However, the conversation really put something into perspective for me.
While I know my dogs won't be around forever, and believe me I know just how unfair that is, I need to take advantage of the fact that they're here now. So I set out to document him every day for 30 days. I loved capturing the different sides of him. His lazy side. His playful side. His ears standing at attention. His goofy smile with his jacked up teeth. All of it. I love that I'll have these photos forever, because I know I won't have him forever. So I've finally put together all the photos from my personal challenge. And yes, there are more than 30 because... well, it's my project and I'll do what I want ;)
If you take anything away from this at all, I hope it's to capture the moments. Not just the big ones, but all the small ones in between as well.
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