Natural/Abstract Photography is a family enterprise. Making up an essential part of this family are the animals that share our lives. Sadly this year, we have lost four of these beloved pets - "the labs" Jordy and Oscar although Oscar really was a Great Dane and the kitties Harry and Hettie. The labs were our greatest supporters, and Harry our biggest critic. Hettie, like her namesake, always reminded us of the importance of beauty and good manners. They will be missed forever.
Sadly, shockingly, unbelievably I have to add Benji to this list of our faithfully departed. On the second to the last night of 2009, Benji fell off of the bed, breaking his neck and dying instantly. He was two months shy of celebrating his fourth birthday with us. Benji was a very sweet dog who had never fully recovered from the trauma he received as a puppy when he was abandoned on a rainy night in February near a freeway. We spent almost an hour trying to coax him into the car so that he would be safe. He was terrified until he was greeted by Oscar who gladly welcomed Benji into his pack. And Benji was home.
Upon visiting the vet, we learned that his microchip had been swiped clean so the people who had dumped him out could never be found. The vet speculated that due to his age at that time being approximately six months old he had been a Christmas present as Airedales are very cute puppies, but they are also the kings of the terriers so once they grow in size and mischievousness, they are often taken to animal shelters or dumped along side the road as Benji was. Benji was the most photogenic dog we have had and has provided us with many happy memories. We hope we provided Benji with a good life and the love he deserved during the time he shared with us until this horrible accident took his life.
Benji just as Hetty, Oscar, Harry, Jordy, and all the animals that we have been blessed with over the years will live on in our hearts and memories.
May Saint Francis and all the angels and saints in Heaven welcome them and may God hold them in the hollows of His hand until we meet again.