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A Flawless Bond | Maryland Family and Pet Portrait Photographer

“He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever – in case I need him. And I expect I will – as I always have. He is just my dog.” – Gene Hill

Mr. Hill’s words above, with one exception, quite accurately describe how dogs have affected and influenced me throughout my life.  The exception being that I have never felt “all-powerful” in my dog’s presence as Mr. Hill expressed…. Quite the opposite, actually.  I am often humbled by my dogs, especially knowing how perfectly sublime their love is and how hopelessly flawed I am… but how impossible it is for them to see that.  Maybe they just choose not to make a big deal of their divine spirits or my crummy shortcomings.  Either way, even though I continue to trip up in my life, they still think I am incredible, and that humbles me and encourages me to try to be as amazing as they perceive me to be, even though I know I will never, ever in reality reach such heights.  But it’s good and right to try….and for the reward of their truest, purest love, it’s well worth the effort.

Last Sunday afternoon I met “K” and her dog Mozart for a sunny afternoon session…. and I was humbled once again to be invited to witness and document the powerful bond these two share.  Only those who have experienced such a bond between dogs and their humans can fully recognize the strength it holds.  I felt so honored and simply elated to be brought into this world of theirs that only the two of them can truly comprehend.  These two are clearly breathtaking on the outside, but most importantly, possess beautiful souls on the inside.  It’s not by chance that these two crossed each other’s path at just the right moment… It was decided long ago that Mozart and “K” needed each other, and though the place and time would appear a coincidence, their encounter was destined to happen at an instant and on a level we’ll never be able to fathom.  They are a pair…who share a powerful, equally mutual admiration for each other.  And it’s such a delight to observe, because I know that they will never, ever let each other down.  I know all this, because I saw it.  Have a look for yourself:

“My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am” -author unknown

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

May 20, 2010 - 1:01 pm Nicole - Wow... what beautiful pictures Kerry!! You clearly captured the great relationship that they share!

May 20, 2010 - 7:44 pm Carly Zakutney - They turned out great Kerry!

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