The Phoenix Session

When my husband and I adopted our first cat together, we were experienced pet owners.

That said nothing prepared us for the day when our sweet little orange tabby Marmalade (Marma was nearly 18) passed away from chronic renal failure. When we returned from the vet's that day, all we had left was her collar, some toys and a few snapshots. Our hearts were at a loss.

When we adopted our new furry friends, our second cat was an orange Tabby. We had started with a Harry Potter theme when we named our cat Gryffin (he came to us with the name Spunky...yeah no). When the only girl kitten in a sea of orange Tabby boys wiggled her way into my husband's heart, he had a name instantly - Phenix (as in Fawkes the Phoenix from HP; she was a beautiful auburn Tabby).

Yes I know her name is spelt wrong. Our then vet misspelt it and well, we went with it.

Our Phenix has been truly a rebirth of sorts, both good and bad. She's an orange Tabby just like Marms with an equally strong heart and personality. She is also afflicted with the same end of life disease, chronic renal failure that Marms had.

In mythology a Phoenix is a creature who dies and is reborn in fire.

Our end of life session is very similar. It is an opportunity to capture images and memories of your furry friend.

Photographs are a return ticket to a time otherwise lost to time.m

A Phoenix session is a celebration of life, but it's okay to show emotion.

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Wichita KS Dog photographer - Miss Whinney, the Labradoodle

Whinney is the fur child, Labradoodle and oldest ‘daughter’ of a dear friend. She started off as a little fuzzy ball with big paws who grew up to be all legs and full of fun. She has two younger human siblings who keep the household hopping so Whinney loves any chance to play with an adult (in this case, me)!  She loves to romp around the backyard saving her humans from bugs, leaves and other intruders.

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Getting her to sit for a portrait was a challenge in the June humidity but I think she was captured in all her glory.  She’s definitely a ball dog!  Well, she's a dog who loves to play with whatever is nearby, this time it was her ball.

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And she’s showing no signs of slowing down despite her age!

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