Lilly. Lil. Lilly Monster....She goes by many different names, and is loved by just as many people.
This session was a little bittersweet for me. Why? Well, Lilly, the now 8 year old Great Dane/English Mastiff mix you see in these photos used to be my dog. Not only was she my dog, but she was my best friend there for a while. She went every where with me. I adopted Lilly when she was 6 weeks old and had her for 2 1/2 wonderful, hairy, slobbery years. But then the time came when I had to find another home for her. It broke my heart, but it was something I had to do. Thankfully my dear friends, Ashley & Phillip jumped at the chance to take her into their home. It was the best move I could have made for her. Ashley & Phillip have loved her, spoiled her, and given her the BEST life any dog could ever hope for. For that, I am truly greatful.
Over the years I have been able to visit Lilly. Each time I see her its like we were never separated. She gets so excited to see me and my heart bursts with joy! Each visit is a blessing.
A couple weeks ago, I received a message from Ashley. She wanted to update me about Lilly's health. She had taken Lilly to the vet because she had been limping. Lilly was diagnosed with bone cancer. My heart sank. The doctor thinks it will progress fairly fast, she may only have a few more months with us on this Earth.
Pictures. I needed to do a tribute session for Ashley & Phillip with Lilly, before she couldn't get around as good. That's the only thing I could think of. So that's what we did. When I walked in the door of Ashley & Phillip's house, Lilly's eyes lit up like they always do when she sees me, and once again my heart was full of joy. She had aged quite a bit since the last time I saw her, her muzzle had grayed, but she was still the same 'ole Lilly she always had been - full of love, slobber, and long legs.
So, it was a bittersweet session. Lilly is close to the end of her life, but I will be forever greatful that I was able to capture these photos for Ashley & Phillip and that I got to spend the evening with my Lilly Monster, maybe for the last time.