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A little over ten years ago, my good friend, Nike, was looking to buy a puppy for her two young boys. She wanted a Golden Retriever. I owned an older Golden at the time. She asked if I'd mind helping her pick out a puppy since I was familiar with the breed. I gladly agreed.
A funny thing happened when Nike and I went to look at a litter of Golden Retriever puppies. I helped her pick out a robust, bouncing, male puppy … and somehow, I ended up coming home with one of my own too.
She and I have owned the two brother puppies for ten years now.
In December, Nike was informed her dog, Cosmo, had cancer and only a few months to live. Nike was devastated, of course, but Cosmo was still feeling great. She asked if I would do a photo shoot of her now adult boys, with the much loved dog they grew up with.
I gladly agreed.
And their entire family:
Cosmo was only too happy to romp with his family that day. I shot over one hundred photos of a very happy Golden Retriever playing.
This week, on Tuesday afternoon, Nike called me.
"He's not doing well, can you come?" she asked.
Nike wanted a few final, good-bye, photos of Cosmo.
It was a difficult photo shoot.
Cosmo was clearly not feeling well.
Nike was crying.
I was crying.
At the same time, it was a beautiful moment filled with love.
Yesterday, on Thursday morning, Cosmo died.
Good-bye, dear, sweet Cosmo.
You've been a much loved friend.
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