Saying goodbye is always hard...

21 days ago

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Meet Lola

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Lola is an Alaskan Malamute. She belongs to some of our friends, who are brand new to the Steemit platform, Chloe and Aaron.


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Aaron has had Lola since she was just a little fluff ball and over the last 5 years she has grown into a large lovable fluff ball. Everyone that meets her instantly falls in love with her. She is probably the sweetest dog you could ever meet.


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This picture is Chloe using Lola as a pillow. Now you may be wondering why I have titled this post "Saying goodbye is always hard." Two months before the photoshoot they found out that Lola has a tumor in her throat. So they brought her in to the vet to get her checked out.


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They shaved the side of her face and the tumor in her throat was removed but the cancer had spread into her face and is continuing to spread.


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Lola is still a super happy and amazing dog, but the cancer is effecting her daily functions and making it hard for her to eat, among other things.


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Aaron let me know that he was planning on having her put down towards the end of the month (April 2018) to end her suffering before the cancer spreads too far in her face and into her brain.


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When Aaron and Chloe told me about Lola's cancer and that this was their last month with her, I told them that I would clear my schedule and do a photo shoot for Lola because the main reason I got into photography was that I knew the importance of cherishing memories.


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This was an emotional photoshoot for me because as a veteran, I know how therapeutic your dog can be. Aaron is also a Marine and has been through similar things that I have, so I know how important Lola is to him.


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I was honored that they entrusted me to capture these lasting memories of Lola and I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read this so you can hear her story as well. She is truly an amazing dog.


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Lola was beautiful, it really is so hard to say goodbye to our canine friends, they are such a huge part of our family. This sure got me very teary, what a beautiful gift you have given your friends xx

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I was able to hang out with them a few times with her before she passed away. She was the nicest dog I have ever met. Such a huge ball of fluff.

Precious Lola ... she's quite a beauty! I commend you for helping preserve some of the memories of Lola in the form of stunning photographs.

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Thank you. It was an honor to be able to take these pictures for them.

very nice pictures, it's unbelievable the bond you can have with your dog.. I had a dog before but now we have "Nemo" our cockatiel

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Thank you. I know a lot of people that have some incredible bonds with their birds. My friend has a Macaw and he loves it. Here is a picture of a bird that wanted to hang out with me one day while I was outside.

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Love your photos! 😍

You're able to catch the moments very nice and I'm sure they cherish the moment you've made them remember greatly.

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Thank you, I really appreciate it. I always try and capture lasting memories for people instead of just a snapshot.

Chill bumps. Such a beautiful, beautiful story in both words and photographs, @derangedvisions

In honor of a life well-lived and full of love. That is all any of us could want in this life. What a beautiful soul, sweet Lola - you left your beautiful light in the hearts of all that loved you.

Very emotional and deep photography - you captured so much. Made me cry actually. Beautiful memory of Lola for her family.

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I really appreciate you reading about Lola. She was such a cool dog.

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I can tell how special she was from your photographs. Always sad to lose our beloved animal companions. We lost our Bayley in October.

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I am sorry to hear about your Bayley.

Beautiful story - and yes, it's always hard. I don't think it ever gets easier regardless of why they died. My sons recently lost the cat that I got for them 19 years previously! It was amazing she'd lived that long, and I hadn't seen her in many years by then, but it was still hard. (My mother and my brother also lost cats in 2018.)

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I had the coolest cat growing up. He was a three legged cat that lived to be about 18 years old. It is always hard to lose loved ones, even when they are your fur babies.

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Actually, the cat my mother lost was a three-legged cat. When he was a kitten, something happened - what is still a mystery - and they were given the choice of putting him down or giving him a chance with three legs. Thankfully, they chose the latter. My parents would sometimes have someone express sadness at having a handicapped cat. My dad would say: "Shh! He doesn't know he's handicapped!" He was a good mouser despite his disability. He was 16, I think, when he died this past spring/summer.

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That is cool to hear that your mother had a three legged cat too. My cat got its leg stuck in a large swinging door while we were at church when I was young. We had to amputate his leg because the bones looked like they had exploded. He was still super fast when he ran. He was a pure black cat but he had little patches of white armpit hair, even where his leg was supposed to be. It was pretty funny. We got him when we lived in Japan and his name was Habu after the poisonous snake there.

Hola amigo @derangedvisions Tu publicación me ha pegado muy de cerca, tengo una perrita y como no tengo hijos, siento a veces como si ella fuera mi hija, últimamente ha estado muy cercana y cariñosa conmigo, no sería capaz de despegarla de mi lado si algo así pasara. Los perros son un amor sincero, espero de todo corazón ese cancer de Lola sea acabe y ella sane, sé que es difícil, pero existen los milagros.
Hello friend @derangedvisions Your publication has hit me very closely, I have a dog and as I have no children, sometimes I feel as if she were my daughter, lately she has been very close and loving with me, I would not be able to take her off my side if something like this happened. Dogs are a sincere love, I hope with all my heart that Lola's cancer is over and she heals, I know it's difficult, but there are miracles.
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Unfortunately Lola was put down to end her suffering. The photoshoot was to get images for her family to remember her. I know what you mean about pets being like children. My dogs are my baby boys. This is my baby:

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Your dog is beautiful, soon I will make a post of my dog "pamela", I love her very much and I feel that every day she loves me more.

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Thank you. That would be awesome to read your post about your dog. You just gave me an idea for a writing prompt for tomorrow. Stay tuned. I will tag you in my post tomorrow.

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Oooooh !!! What a pity!!!! such a wonderful dog was your friends! very sad story 😥 At first, my parents could not look at the photos of their cat, who had lived with them for a long time. but now they can. Your dog is wonderful! he has a funny face on the photo here 😀

Lola has another distinction that probably only matters to me. Through Lola I met you, and that's been net good for me.

Deep Sigh. It's a hard thing that. I'm glad you got to meet AND save a bit of Lola for the future. Nicely done.

I don't know lola but she sure is one of the prettiest dogs I've seen. It's indeed very hard to say goodbye.
I had a beautiful Golden-Black colored mongrel that I lost around May, I still feel the ache whenever I swipe through the pictures I had taken with her.

This post just brought me some waves of buried emotions. 😭

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I am sorry to hear about the loss of your pet. I would love to see some of your pictures you have of her. I made a post today: Animals are members of the family - Share your pet stories, asking everyone to share their stories of their pets. All of the comments I have received thus far in this post had inspired me to write that post so we all could hear the stories of everyone's beloved pets.

We lost our dog to cancer couple of years ago, until then she was traveling with us. Having to say goodbye was the hardest thing.

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I am so sorry to hear this. Losing a pet is just like losing any other member of the family. Dogs are always there for you no matter what.

Oh my goodness, you have me in tears 😢 I know just how hard it is to say goodbye to our beloved pooches, I lost my boy Sabre last year and it still breaks my heart when I think about having to make that awful decision. Doing the photo-shoot was such a lovely thing to do so bravo to you for offering to do this. Lola was a gorgeous girl and you can see from the photos just how loved she was. My heart goes out to the family of Lola.
Now, wiping away my tears, I am cuddling my bulldogs even closer
Cheryl ❤️
Sabre...
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Losing a pet is a horrible thing to go through. Sabre looks like he was such an amazing boy. All that our pets know is unconditional love. You should check out Animals are members of the family - Share your pet stories and share your story of your fur babies with us. I would love to know more about Sabre and your little bulldogs.

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Thank you, yes he was an amazing soul; so gentle yet so protective at the same time. He made me feel safe, no matter what. I will definitely have a look at this, thank you. Although I have 5 dogs at the minute, so it may have to be split over 2 posts haha. (Crazy dog lady alert! 😆)
Cheryl ❤️

Yes right saying goodbye is always hard.

i love dog pet it is really beautiful photos in this post, really super collection

this was made for your steemit account?

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I had made this post on my Steemit account before and reposted it here.

Life is so fragile and we can't even guess its next move. Our whole world become deteriorated only by one hard blow of it. But what we can't understand, nature has its own plans and the time and life we have is limited and we can't extend it. We pretend to live like we're gonna live forever. That's why we become so attached to it. But as a human being, loss is not easy to bear and it can even tear out the person completely from inside. But we should deeply understand one thing, the film was only for this duration and after that we would be casted against some other actors and this is the way of the things happening in nature.