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A Dog Memorial

Being a dog photographer has brought me immense joy, laughter and peace. I feel so fortunate to not only do something I love, but to meet numerous dogs who all touch me in different ways. And of course, knowing you all, their caregivers. Getting phone calls to let me know that a dog has passed, is the hardest part and one I wish I could do without. I know how much my Benny means to me, and so my heart breaks to think what you all are going through during such a loss. Such a vast emptiness. Words can’t really say how much I am honored to get to know your pups while they’re here. So thank you.

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm,

and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.


Today, we remember a wonderful Australian Shepherd, Shelby. (More of her dog photos.) Her short eight years were filled with lots of love, playtime and eating cicadas. 😉 (My session with her was during Nashville’s 2011 cicada invasion.) (And, don’t let her smile fool you, because she was also mischievous! During our shoot, she kept sneaking in my bag and stealing toys. I’ve never had another dog be so adamant. A funny girl.) She was diagnosed with kidney cancer earlier this year, and after surgery, proper nutrition and chemo, she could no longer fight. When I photographed her the second time, it was only weeks after having a kidney removed and she was full of life and energy. Such a trooper. Shelby is sorely missed by her family and those that knew her. Rest in peace, sweet girl.

Adrian Hitt is a nationally recognized, award-winning dog photographer who creates modern, playful works of art. Her interest in dog photography is founded in her desire to celebrate and encourage the deep bond that develops between human and animal, parent and dog. In her free time, she photographs dogs awaiting adoption at local rescues and shelters. Her proudest moment? Spending everyday with the inspiration behind her career – Benny a charming -and perfect- black mouth cur shepherd rescue. Adrian lives in Nashville, Tennessee and travels nationwide to photograph America’s beloved pets.

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K. Crafton - October 12, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Oh that makes me so sad to hear… My prayers go out to that family. I know how devastating it is to lose a furbaby.

adrian - October 12, 2011 - 4:56 pm

Thank you, Kate. I know that means so much to them! Losing a pet is one of life’s dimmest moments.

Kerri Almond - October 31, 2011 - 9:21 pm

My thoughts are with this sweet family as they mourn the passing of their family member. Our Dallas passed away 18 months ago, just a few months after our photo session with Adrian. I can say that those photos have been such a blessing, and having them in a prominent place in our home has been a daily reminder of how wonderful it was to have Dallas in our lives.

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