Chasing time. Chasing memories.
The years are flying by and my memory for some details regarding my sleddie friends is getting a little fuzzy. I was trying to remember the first time I met Chase. I don't think it was at the Man & His Dog Fashion Show Fundraiser in October 2016 (first 3 images below) because a friend had been fostering him... but maybe it was?
He was such a sweet guy right from the start and honestly just wanted human attention - especially neck rubs and belly rubs.
After he was adopted I reached out to his new human and she brought him to my studio to participate in I Was A Sled Dog. I remember that day well - April 15, 2018 - it was my anniversary and it wasn't the first time I'd spent it photographing a dog.
When Chase arrived, it'd been about a year and a half since I'd seen him, but he was as loose as a goose. He stood in position easily, mugged for my camera by showing off all the head-tilt angles he could muster and then laid down for a nap. There wasn't much history on him other than after he was 'rescued' from being a sled dog, he was taken in by a rescue that couldn't keep up with the animals in its care. It shut down and the Victoria Humane Society jumped in to help.
Over the course of the photo session, it was obvious how much he had connected with his new human and how much she loved him.
Last week I got a note though:
“well my beautiful boy passed last month. he was 17. and i miss him every day!!! he was my beautiful beautiful boy!”
My heart broke for K and her loss of her buddy, but I knew that he got some good years in to experience love, nurturing and lots of off-leash adventures.
The memories will now be ours to chase.
Rest in peace and love Chase.
p.s. check out just how much he loved belly rubs... there were people and stuff happening all around him, and this was the place he wanted to be (thanks Heather for helping make this happen!)