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November 17, 2012

Love in an 8 Pound Body

It’s been one year since Peetie passed away from complications from gallstones.

I first met Miss Peet three years ago. I was suffering two major losses in my life, needless to say I wasn’t even thinking about adopting a dog. But when my husband, Tim, ran into a local rescue group that had a bunch of Pomeranians, he dragged me over ‘just to look’. In a pile of scruffy Poms, there was one balding red one that was standing up and jumping up excitedly at us. Tim picked her up and before I knew it we were adopting the scruffy little girl.

Peetie, we discovered was turned over with a bunch of other Pomeranians when their breeder fell ill and turned them into Mixed Up Mutts. For the first six years of her life, she lived in a crammed room, never seeing the outside world, not even to feel the grass beneath her feet. Her owner never bothered with basic health or dental care. Peetie was a sight for sore eyes, many potential adopters looked her over for younger dogs with more fur and teeth. Those others had no idea what a beautiful soul Peetie was.

It didn’t take long before she made herself at home, winning her way into our hearts – a place she will forever have. It’s difficult to express what her years with us were like. Things that came naturally to other dogs were foreign and fearful for her, when she did the simplest thing – like walk on grass for the first time or play with ribbon – we cheered! She would always greet us with such an intense love and joy and was always by our side. You never felt unloved when she was around.

Overtime, we adopted two dog siblings. First was Sox, a very young rambuscus dog that ruled the house, except when it came to Peetie. He was always gentle and giving with her. And then there was Bixby, who adored Peet. She was the only dog that Peetie would nap with.

I will forever be grateful of every single photo I have of Peetie. PLEASE take photos and videos of your pets. There is no such thing as too many photos so document your love together whenever you have the chance. And if you’re unable to take your own photos, hire someone. Those memories are so important. Having those photos won’t make the loss any easier… but in time they will help you remember the little things and hopefully heal.

  1. Pretty Fluffy

    November 18th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Beautiful, beautiful post Kira. Peetie's sweet face just melts my heart. Your words are so wise. Our dogs are with us and part of the family for such a short time, it means so much to have photos to remember them by. xx

  2. Kira DeDecker Photography | For the Love of Dog

    November 25th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Thank you m'dear.

  3. Suzanne Sylvester

    November 27th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    You and Peetie were blessed to find each other. Keep those thoughts and memories near to your heart where they will remain forever.

  4. Kira DeDecker Photography | For the Love of Dog

    November 27th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    <3

  5. Reena

    November 27th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Kira, such a beautiful post about Peetie! You both were certainly blessed to have each other.

  6. erasabledinosaur

    November 27th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you for your kind words Renna. She was a one-of-a-kind dog.

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Kira DeDecker is an on-location lifestyle pet photographer specializing in one-of-a-kind fine art and modern portraits. She works exclusively with dogs, cats and all other four legged creatures to create vibrant, quirky and soulful works of art.She also photographs needy animals pro-bono for non-profit animal organizations (like Cavalier Rescue USA).

Kira DeDecker Photography is a editorial and commercial pet photographer based in Glendale AZ and serves the Metro Phoenix area (Scottsdale, Peoria, Phoenix, Suncity, Surprise, Goodyear, Avondale and Tempe) and beyond.

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