I think one of the most giving things that a person can do is care for an animal that they will not get to keep for its lifetime. As a dog mom of 2, the idea of raising a pup to one year of age and then “giving it up”, well, I don’t think I would have the courage to do it. Fortunately, there are people like Alison, who give of themselves to worthy causes, without trepidation. Enter Hershey. This sweet one year old black lab will soon be leaving home to begin intense training for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Alison wanted to commemorate their time together with professional portraits of Hershey.
Initially inspired by Romulus‘ session to go “black on black”, Alison changed her mind once she arrived at the studio for the pre-session consultation, instead choosing the soft suede gray. During Hershey’s studio mini session, we were able to get several poses, as well as get him up on a chair (Guiding Eyes dogs aren’t allowed on furniture, so it was a bit of a fun shot. No worries, Hershey didn’t leave with the expectation of ever getting on a chair again). He worked hard at his session, and did a great job.
Hershey, I wish you the best of luck, and Alison, your strength amazes me. And to all the dog parents, whether you foster or raise a dog for a worthy cause, I salute you and your incredible efforts!
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