Mattie passed over the rainbow bridge yesterday, to go play with his friends in the great dogpark in the sky. He went peacefully, with his parents by his side. I know he will be deeply missed by those who loved him, and even though I spent just a short time with him, he touched me in a way I will never forget. I feel so honored to have been able to be there to capture his little spirit. Thank you so much Mattie’s parents for giving me this opportunity. Words can’t express…
A little story from our shoot. We started Mattie’s shoot at Discovery Park early last Sunday morning. It was very very cold that morning, and poor Mattie was shivering like crazy, even though we had him wrapped up in his favorite blanket with a heating pad when we weren’t taking pictures. I felt so bad for him I suggested we go to their house, which isn’t far away. At that point I learned that Mattie has two younger siblings- Kiki and Spike (you will meet them in an upcoming post), and that they were both shy/nervous with strangers.
Sure enough, when we got to the house and got inside, Kiki was too shy to come near me, and poor Spike was so afraid all he’d do was bark at me from afar (they are both rescued pups). I walked over and laid down on the living room floor, flat on my back, with arms outstretched, so they could come and sniff me without intimidation. Mattie immediately came over and sat down right next to me, his little body pressed up against my side, as if saying “she’s ok, she’s my buddy”. This expression of acceptance and love from a dog I had just met nearly brought me to tears. That is the kind of pooch Mattie was, and just one of the many reasons why I will never forget him.
Rest in peace sweet little one, rest in peace.