Every family looks different. Some have a mom and dad or two dads or two moms and of course children. For a long time my little family was just me and my dog Rose.
She came into my life during a very brief marriage and was with me for the next 12 years through a divorce, a big move back to Orange County and numerous short lived relationships. She was the one constant in my life that was always there until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 27, 2016. I can’t even tell you the pain I felt and even as I write this I’m trying not to cry. Trying being the key word.
For four days, I barely left the couch, didn’t shower or eat and didn’t want to talk to anyone. Needless to say posting on Social Media of any kind didn’t happen. I even waited over a month to post on Facebook that she passed away, a lot of my friends loved her and pet sat for me many times, because it would make it real.
But looking back I have so many great memories that I will have forever. Rose was definitely a “people dog.” A people dog is almost human. She didn’t like any other dogs and I swear if she could talk she would be one of the popular girls in the movie, “Mean Girls.” Her personality was hilarious. If she was mad at you, another dog or cat, she would let you or them know it by backing up to you and kicking her foot like a donkey. She even kicked me in the head once. She also loved fashion. Rose had a very extensive wardrobe, something she got from me, and could be seen wearing a faux fur coat during cold days or a cute little sun dress in the summer.
Rose and I moved in with my now boyfriend Dave a year before she passed. Dave didn’t grow up with pets and while I knew he would love her, I didn’t expect him to fall in love with her so quickly. They were inseparable and I always said they had a “secret love affair,” which he replied, “it’s not a secret.”
In the three years we’ve been dating, I’ve never seen Dave cry until she passed away. It was a Sunday and Dave and I spent the entire day with her. We made the hard decision of making an appointment to put her down the following morning due to her not eating and drinking and losing the ability to walk. We held her all day, told her how much we loved her and even told her who was waiting for her in heaven. I took her upstairs and privately said my goodbyes and I swear she was smiling at me as she often did. She died in my arms about an hour later and I wouldn’t wanted it any other way. She was ready to go and I was grateful that I had that one last day with her.
Because I was an absolute mess the days following her passing, Dave started looking for a puppy ASAP. Not a replacement for Rose, there is and will never be another dog like her, but he knew I needed something.
Three days later, way too soon looking back, we picked up Violet. This little dog was completely different then Rose. Very needy and seriously like a little baby. Cried all the time and still does even though she just turned one. The 1st couple of months were tough. I was taking care of a little puppy and still grieving over Rose.
When I finally snapped out of it and pulled myself together, I decided that I was going to do things for Violet that I regretted not doing with Rose. I was in a different place in my life when Rose was with me. I was single most of the time and I wasn’t in a place financially that I am today. It definitely makes a difference.
When Violet was four months old, I took her to get professional photos taken of her. This is something I will always regret not doing with Rose.
I met the amazing ladies, Jenn and Austin, at Classic Kids Photography in Newport Beach and knew they did all photography, but specialized in infant and dog photography and decided they would be an amazing fit for Violet’s shoot.
I can’t say enough how professional, patient and fun these ladies are during a shoot! Not every photographer is a master at making funny noises and trying to get the attention of a 4 month year-old puppy. But some how these ladies did and after about an hour, that’s when the little girl started whining, we had the cutest pictures that were the table centerpiece for Violet’s birthday party when she turned one. Yes I had a real birthday party with furry guests, doggy cake and treats and even presents!
While I can’t go back in time and fix what I regret I’ll have the memories of my feisty little Rose and make forever memories of my baby Violet with the help of Classic Kids.
For more information on Classic Kids Photography in Newport Beach, call (949) 642-0200 or click HERE to visit their website. Also, check out the image below for info for a fun Classic Kids event on July 8th where 100% of session fees benefit Barks of Love.