In the Summer of 2015, a year and a half before I lost my beloved best friend – my 14-year old Boston Terrier named Pepsi – I had an opportunity to do a photoshoot with “Some Like It Shot Photography” and the magical Alisha McGraw. For many years, I dreamed of doing a pinup shoot with Alisha and finally my chance arrived! I already had many poses in mind as I had collected lots of images over the years of poses I wanted to do if ever this occasion occurred! Now it was just a matter of picking out outfits and having fun!
During this time, Pepsi’s health was spiraling downwards quickly. I recall one day I was emailing with Alisha prior to the shoot and she suggested that rather than doing a pinup shoot, perhaps I should do a regular photoshoot with Pepsi instead. What a great recommendation and decision that turned out to be. I lost Pepsi in January of 2017.
Alisha captured so much of Pepsi’s beauty during a time when he was no longer quite “beautiful”. Well, he was always beautiful in my eyes! But Cushing’s and old age took a toll on Pepsi’s health and appearance. He had lost a lot of fur and the coat he had was scruffy and dull. Dementia, loss of eyesight, and hearing loss made it difficult for him to be the good, patient boy he always used to be. Pepsi used to love having his picture taken – but now it was a challenge.
Yet somehow (this is why I call her magical) Alisha managed to create images of Pepsi that depict the amazing pup he was – my companion who was always so full of life – absolutely shined in these photos. I now have incredible, photographic, documented memories of the love and bond that Pepsi and I shared during our fourteen years together.
I am most thankful to Alisha for giving me a gift that I didn’t even realize I needed. Alisha’s patience with us during the photoshoot, her dedication to getting the perfect shot, and her professionalism even when she was exhausted from her travels was amazing. Most of all, I am appreciative for the love and compassion she had for me and Pepsi during what was a difficult time in my life. Intuitively she already knew what lied ahead for Pepsi and me.
It hasn’t been a full year since Pepsi left me. The pain is still real – the grief still deep – and the hole in my heart will never truly be healed. But the pain was worth it as Pepsi gave me the best years of my life. He was certainly the best darned pup a girl could ever ask for! Pepsi taught me how to laugh – how to play – how to fully live – and how to love – all things he did so well.
Thank you, Some Like It Shot Photography, for telling our story through images, for capturing our special moments, and giving me a bit of Pepsi’s love and life that I can now hang onto forever. I hope one day I will have another chance to take pictures and make memories with you again!