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Photographer Captures Beautiful Last Moments With Beloved Pets

I can’t believe that it’s almost been a year since my loving cat Puff passed away. I have had him in my life for the past 16 years and not having him here seems surreal even a year later. I am experiencing my last pregnancy without having him perched on my growing belly and I really miss our nightly cuddles on my pillow at night.

Making the decision to let him go peacefully was a hard one. He was ill for a while and at 16-years old, he had lived a long cat life. I remember researching how to know it was time to “put your pet down” for humane reasons, and the answer always seemed to be, “When it’s time, you will know.” And one night at home, when I saw Puff struggling in the washroom, I knew. He was in obvious pain, he’d lost a lot of weight, and as devastatingly painful as it was for me to make this decision, I knew it was right.

The night before the veterinarians came to our house, I spent a lot of time with Puff. I told him how much I loved him, I took photos of us together for the last time, and I tried to soak in the smell of his fur, the feel of his paws, and the intense color of his green eyes. I look at those last-moment images every so often and I am so thankful that I have them. I really cherish them!

An amazing photographer Sarah Beth, from Minneapolis, MN has been offering a unique service she calls “Joy Sessions” under her distinctive pet photography business Sarah Beth Photography. And when I saw her photos, I instantly fell in love. Joy Sessions began almost 4 years ago and it was inspired by a Black Lab service dog named Joy, who Sarah Beth met when she was commissioned to photograph her owner Joan, who didn’t have much time left on this Earth.

Sitting and talking with Joan, who shared her incredible bond and love for her service dog Joy, an idea sparked. Sarah Beth decided to offer end-of-life photography sessions, which highlight the relationship between human and elderly or terminally ill pets. These sessions, according to Sarah Beth, “really are for people who want to celebrate the happiness — the joy — their pets have brought to their lives,” and her images capture this joy and happiness so beautifully.

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    These images are both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

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    You can very clearly see the love this couple has for their dog.

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    This is a photo that the owner will be happy to have for years to come.

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    Everything, from the look on the woman's face to the dog's sweet eyes to the lighting, is perfect.

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  • Eve 5 of 11
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    This photo is a great example of the emotions that Sara Beth captures so nicely. It's such an amazing image and it stirs up all sorts of emotions for every viewer even those of us who don't know the dog personally.

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    Gorgeous colors and such a beautiful dog.

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  • Kiki 7 of 11
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    This image makes me recall Puff and brings back those last moments that I had with my own cat.

    Photo credit: © SarahBethPhotography. Shared with permission.

     

  • Sadie Trixi 8 of 11
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    You can really, really feel the love here. It's amazing.

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  • Souja 9 of 11
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    I don't know how anyone could not have a reaction to this photograph. What a treasure there's so much love here.

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  • Sox 10 of 11
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    What a beautiful cat and an equally beautiful owner. You can really feel the love and sadness simultaneously.

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  • Zephyr 11 of 11
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    Two boys saying their goodbyes to their beloved pet. It is breathtaking.

    Photo credit: © SarahBethPhotography. Shared with permission.

     

To learn more about Joy Sessions and SarahBethPhotography, visit her website and Facebook page.  All images © sarahbethphotography and have been shared with permission.

H/T: DailyMail
& Krishann Briscoe for bringing  to my attention

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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from  on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!

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