Yolanda + Carlos

Let me just dust off the cobbwebs over here. I can't believe I haven't posted ANYTHING in almost two years. But hey, at least that time apart has been a complete and wonderful whirlwind. Now let's get right back into it with this lovely and amazing couple! Yolanda reached out to me after I photographed them with their dog Riley Kujo (who is completely adorable!) for a Holiday Mini Photoshoot I hold once a year at a dog training facility here in Seattle (Zoom Room!!) She mentioned that her and her husband Carlos never had a professional photo as a couple...ever. (not even for their wedding!) So I was ecstatic that they chose to meet with me again to photograph them, and boy oh boy, was it the most fun time! We met at Discovery Park, hiked a bunch, got caught in the frigid wind, man'd up to some sprinkles, and made it out without getting lost! I couldn't have asked for the most amazing couple to end 2016 with. Thank you again Yolanda and Carlos for trekking it with me and here's to more mini adventures in the future! (& drinks!)

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"A photo of Murphy & Jasper, once a week, every week, in 2015"

 

The boys and I went up to Canada to visit my Mom. Unfortunately we both weren't feeling well the first few days and we spent a lot of time watching comedic sitcoms. (I was glued because I don't have cable at home.) The boys on the other hand spent a lot of time out in my moms yard and trying to coax the cats to play. We did watch the Seahawks playoff game in their little Seahawks jerseys. (Even though we're really Oakland Raiders fans, but we'll keep that our little secret.)

Happy 2015!

I'm so relieved that 2014 is over. It has been my most tested and exhausting year thus far. The worst part is that I found out that Ziggy, the love of my life was ill in February, and later in October I had to say "I'll see you again". I had to shoot a wedding that I also set up, which I enjoyed, but it was indeed very stressful.  Constantly worrying about the wellbeing of my family has been a very big issue in 2014.

But, as it is a new year with a new beginning, I will share some good positive things from this 2014. It was the year that I said "Thanks for nothing!" to doctor's that were trying to experiment on 'what was wrong with me', and the year that I went and decided, "As long as I have a healthy spine, I should be fine." So I went to the chiropractor and well, it turned out I was better than fine. My seizures reduced, my anxiety reduced to almost nothing (almost) and the pain! The pain I experienced for 5 year of my life, gone. (mostly). The biggest accomplishment and commitment I have ever stood by in my life. 

Another good thing this year is the adoption of my two twin boys (My puppies). I'm not like most people who need to adopt right after their dog passes. I didn't really think I was going to have another dog for a couple of years. But one morning, as I'm missing Ziggy and having a dog sleep with me and lick my face in the morning, I go on my iPad and I'm looking at petfinder.com and I find all these cute puppies and dogs, then I land on two puppies and I'm showing my mom while she gets ready in the bathroom and we're just crying over the cuteness. Then out of nowhere, we hear something drop. When we looked to the ground it was one of Ziggy's bully-stick nub. Now, before I continue, we had pretty much cleaned and put away all of Ziggy's belongings since it had been awhile since he passed. Also, there was no way from where the bully-stick landed on my bathroom floor that there had ever been a bully-stick to be. I'm not really a religious person and I don't believe in the paranormal, but I knew it was Ziggy, and it was like he was giving us a sign that it was okay, (Not to mention, it was also the same day we got his ashes back). So that brings us to today. Jasper (All Black) and Murphy (Brown&White), my new boys in a great new beginning of 2015, knowing that Ziggy is watching over me and them. So here's to 2015!

Almost 8 years ago, I was harmlessly looking at pictures of puppies. Papillons, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas and BOOM! Just like that, I saw a picture of a black and white Chihuahua named "Little Timmy". My heart stopped, I teared up, I squealed. This was MY dog. Without ever meeting him, I knew that he was going to be mine. Fast forward to March 2007. I went with my grandparents to pick up my new little baby. I can't explain the feelings I felt when I first saw him, and my world shattered with love the moment I held him. He looked up at me as I looked down. It was like we had finally found each other. I had finally met my soulmate.

Ziggy wasn't like ordinary chihuahuas. He was sweet and laid back. He touched the hearts of so many people, helped a few kids with a fear of dogs, knew when something was wrong and tried everything he could to fix it. I always wondered how he would be like if I ever had a kid, and shortly after, my mom sent me a video of her granddaughter tugging at him, and he just laid their besides her. He would stop in his tracks any time he heard a child. Always waiting to see if they were going to say hello. He was the perfect dog.

The massive amount of love I have for this his face is beyond anything I could ever imagine. I can’t even begin to comprehend how much love could be contained by my body for this little being. I remember having everyone tell me that the love you have for a newborn baby once you give birth couldn’t be matched by anything. They never told me that it would be the same with animals. It’s weird to explain that I feel that I birthed him, but my soul did, and we knew the moment we first met.

Ziggy was the love of my life, and it breaks my heart to know he isn't with me anymore.  I can't imagine a life without him, but I know his soul is with me, licking me as I sleep, nudging my feet when I walk and climbing up my legs when he wants to be held.

October 20th with always be an important day for me. It was the day my first dog Darby was born, and it was the day I had to say "I'll see you again" to Ziggy.

My always and forever, I hope you are breathing easy, running in endless fields of grass, and eating more treats than you ever imagined. I love and miss you.

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