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End of Life Pet Portrait Sessions to Keep Those Memories Close

The End of Life for my pet brought a new purpose

I know full well from my own experience the importance of creating memorable photos with my pet before he leaves this earth. In fact, that was an impetus for this career. Midnight was my first dog as an adult. I obtained him as a puppy and after a few rough weeks in the beginning, he became my prince. He always sat with a regal air to him and he was the perfect dog. He was became my dream dog. I was able to let him off leash without any worries and he was always by my side- wanting to “help” even when I was doing chores around the house. My sister had also gotten his biologic brother and we would often spend time together to play.

As a young adult, learning to care for another being when you have been carefree and dependent only on yourself, it was a challenge, but we bonded so quickly and he became my confidant and comforter and joy.

Midnight had not even hit his fourth birthday, when I came home to find that he had been very sick. We soon found out he had lymphoma and there was not much to be done. He was given meds to keep him comfortable and was gone within two months.

One of my regrets is not having more pictures of him. Especially images of the two of us together, doing the things we always did together. I do have a couple selfies and a couple images my sister took, but they don’t truly show the bond we had with each other. At that time I said that I would not let that happen again, and decided that if I felt that way, other owners probably felt the same. Nancy Kieffer photography was born out of my own tragedy and that is why I want to capture your journey through life with your pet.

End of life photo sessions

End of life sessions are the most precious of my sessions. While they can be quite tearful with the known pending loss, they can also be joyful when watching the owner and pet bond with each other. While I am creating memories for you to hang on your walls, You are making more memories with your pet during this time that is allowed you.

End-of-life sessions are given special priority. Please make sure when you contact me, that you note the circumstances in order that I may adjust my schedule accordingly.

End of life sessions can can be broken up into two separate sessions if your pet can not tolerate a long session.

paw in hand

Keeping those memories close

Options for artwork can include beautiful wall art to hang in your home, or an album to keep close on the coffee table that is filled with a variety of images. The wooden image box is also available. It has an image on the front with a hidden compartment inside where you can hide some momentos. It also holds 10 mounted images and comes with a display stand in order that you can change out the image as often as you would like.

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Terri of Terri J Photography in Toronto discusses the importance of senior or end of life dog photography sessions, creating memories that will always be treasured.

Come and find your Best Friend!

Second Chance has a unique program near Syracuse N.Y. where inmates train the rescued dogs. This program gives both the dogs and the inmates a second chance in life.  Appointments currently required related to Covid-19 protocols.

It is slightly ironic that my blog is about end of life this week. Jack has suffered tragedy again. He was at our shelter a couple years ago when a veteran came in and fell in love. Jack enjoyed his life with his new owner for the past two year, but unfortunately his owner met with tragic accident this past week and not only has Jack lost his beloved owner, but also his home. He is back to finding another loving family. Please help Jack to find a new family.

Please contact Friends of Second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Angela Schneider

    That hand in paw image is just gorgeous. I need to get one of those done. I do hope that Jack finds his way to a new home soon. He looks like a sweet boy.

  2. Kim Hollis

    I also meant to say, your Midnight is my Sloan but I’m so sorry you lost him so soon. That makes my heart hurt for you.

  3. Kim Hollis

    I love the display box and the stand that comes with it! They are gorgeous. I love too that the collar is in the box.

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