Modoc and his person shared 15 years of love and adventure. As we poured over his photographs she told me stories of their cross-country road trips. She told me about his puppy antics, where he liked to rest in the house, and how bonded they were.
I have mixed feelings about grief. The pain it brings feels unbearable at times and yet we continue to live. The memories that bring joy, laughter, and so many tears comfort us. With the prodding of this sharp, pointed emptiness we feel we learn to appreciate the joy so much more. Grief can bring tremendous gratitude when we allow it.
This fellow, Modoc, is one of my most memorable partners in front of the camera. He was difficult to photograph because each time I came down to his level he wanted to sit in my lap and snuggle. I am so thankful his person will soon have this piece hanging by the sofa, overlooking his favorite spot in the house. When she looks up he will be there, just as he always has been.
Rest well, Modoc. You are loved.
I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.