People who love their pets are my kind of people. One of the many reasons I love what I do is the fact that I get to meet many people, who become part of the very fabric of who I am. And I am very grateful that many of the people I work with become long-time clients; I get to see them and their pets grow. Megan is one of those clients.
I met Megan years ago when I did a photo shoot with her twin sister, her parents and their family dog. I remember that shoot vividly, we shot it at her parents home and I captured a lot of love in that photo shoot.
Years later, after Megan became a dog owner herself, she reached back out to me. Her dog Murray was as full of character as they come. Sadly, Murray had fallen ill, and Megan knew that he wouldn’t be with her much longer. She wanted to schedule a photo shoot to capture Murray and have printed memories of their time together.
I believe the timing of that phone call was kismet. I had been going through a similar experience with my Parker. Megan and I spoke for a long time about what we were both going through. In fact, I shared with her my conversation with Lap of Love. It turned out that she would work with them before I did. And I learned from her experience. She was able to lean on me as she went through her difficult time, and I was happy to be there for her.
We met at the Manassas Battlefield for Murray’s photos. That day he was so full of energy and spunk that you wouldn’t believe it if I told you he was nearing the end. She even said to me, “I can’t believe it, but Murray’s spirits picked up today. It was as if he was his old self, very energetic.” I’ve experienced this when I’ve had photo shoots like this – it is if the pets know they are going to give their owner’s a precious gift and we know that dogs are pleasers.
Murray is no longer with us. And Megan, as all those who lose a loved one, went through a grieving process that took time. We waited until she was able to look at the photos of Murray, which was a few months later. It was important to me that she knew that this was absolutely no problem for me. I was here, and the photos of Murray were here for her when she was ready.
In between that time, I lost Parker. The tide had changed and now I leaned on Megan for comfort and support. Our shared experience was truly something that I appreciate.
Murray’s prints are now home with Megan and when I delivered them, she told me she felt a sense of peace that he was now home. They were back together. And I’m honored that she took one of the photos I took of Murray and is having a tattoo artist create his likeness for a tattoo of him, so she’ll have him with her all the time.
As hard as it is to watch someone go through tough times like these, there is comfort knowing that we are drawn together for a reason. I’m thankful that Murray is home with Megan, and that she and I were able to support one another through our sad times.