I just love dogs. I love them so much. I think I ask my husband for a dog about every other day. I love animals in general but there is a reason that dogs are a common pet. Dogs are so loyal and loving.

It's been two years since we unexpectedly put our pup Lily down and to this day I still find myself tearing up because of my loss of a sweet friend. She loved me so unconditionally, and so often enough that it seemed to outweigh the love from the humans in my life at times.

Lil taught me to love on others for two reasons: 1) People desperately need it. I think why I still cry over my sweet dog these days is because I am no longer greeted at the door when I come home from work with a positive, everlasting and excited love.

2) You don't know when the last time you'll see someone will be. She was lethargic when I got home that night, the last night we had with her. She didn't run up to me with that exciting love because she couldn't move. She could barely breathe. The next morning we took her to the vet, not knowing what would happen but not expecting positive results in the least. They were not positive results, but heavy, confusing and morbid results.

I'm not telling you this to make you sad, but if you are it probably means that dogs are important to you in some way. Dogs are certainly special and they are gifted with the ability to love. It makes me cringe to constantly see "missing dog" posts all the time in fear that one might not reunite with their beloved friend again. And there are plenty of other unfortunate ways of departing with your pup. It's just the sad truth.

I share this with you because while I picked up photography towards the last years of Lil's life I cherish my photos of her more than a great deal of the rest of my work, even up to this point. I seriously could not live with myself if I hadn't captured those photos. It's easy to focus on the sadness of how she went. But it's when I look at my photos of her that I'm reminded of her spunk, her silliness, the way she jiggled when she ran because she was a chubby little nugget, and how soft those long copper ears were. They bring back all the memories and all the happiness.

I've had the opportunity to capture dogs for friends and families on different occasions and and I have fallen in love with it. I want to make it a point to capture more dogs this year. I can't imagine not having these photos of Lily(even if I do cringe at how I used to edit when I first started out :P).

Go snuggle your pet and give them a cupcake. Yes a real life cupcake cause they deserve such an unhealthy treat today.