After we got home, I took a few days to recover and rest. While I was doing so, Cahlean spent a lot of time working with my dogs. I’ve got photographs I’ve taken of my dogs that I’m happy with, but they are nothing like what Cahlean captures. There’s something about her work that really captures the life and personality of a dog.
I’d known Cahlean for a couple of years on an online art forum before we met in person at a photography meet up in Colorado. That was several years ago and since then we’ve managed to hang out in person half a dozen times or so and spent countless hours chatting online. We’ve become good friends, especially after our road-trip-of-many-hiccups. I love that I’ll have some of her amazing work, showing her passion for what she does, colored with her creativity and personality and so beautifully capturing my beloved pets, hanging on my walls for many years to come.
My dogs are getting up there in years. Bosco and Chakotay are both 14 and Townsend is already 7. Having lost two elderly dogs in the past two years, I know how comforting it is to have photographs of them showing them active and happy and loved. Knowing this, its added another level of meaning to the beautiful photographs Cahlean took of my dogs and my 17 year old cat, Brie.