Pepsi Atlas, A Boston Terrier Loved Forever

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!

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Barktoberfest 10/10/15

Fall is here and so are our annual Barktoberfest Fall Mini Photoshoots for pets!!

pet photos at Barktoberfest

includes a 15 min pet only mini photoshoot in the lovely fall colored leaves… maximum 2 pets per mini photoshoot. You will be emailed 1 large digital image (photographer’s choice) with leashes edited out and have the option to order other images in print or digital format from an online ordering gallery available for 6 months.
$20 from each photo mini will be donated to Auburn Valley Humane Society.

Visit us at Auburn Valley Humane Society‘s 2015 Barktoberfest & Rover Romp located at Roegner Park in Auburn, WA.

Reserve Your Barktoberfest Pet Mini Time
2. Complete & Submit this form: 

CURRENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10:20A Starr
  • 10:40A Tucker & Cady
  • 11:00A Finley
  • 11:20 Pending Mimi
  • 11:40 Pending Mimi
  • 12:00P Chance & Lexi
  • 12:20P Phoebe & Piper

Marbles The Cocker Spaniel & The AVHS Calendar Contest

If you live in Auburn you’re probably aware of the new Auburn Valley Humane Society that opened January 2013 in Auburn, WA! What you may not know is that we at Some Like It Shot Photography are volunteer photographers there, once a month, photographing animals looking for homes to be posted on their website for you all to see.

spring flowers with Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

We also participate in their fun events like Barktoberfest held annually in October. Last year we donated a free pet photoshoot to be raffled off an lucky Marbles was the winner!! His mom was super excited because she said every time she took his photo he looked like a black blur on the screen, he was so fast! Marbles the Cocker Spaniel was just a young pup in the fall  so we decided to take photos in the spring. It was worth the wait, with all the beautiful lupines and warm weather.

Happy Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

One great way that Marbles’ family is giving back to AVHS is by entering their pet photo contest for their annual calendar! Anyone can enter their pet’s photo now through September 30th 2014. It is $10 to enter your pet’s photo and of course that is a donation to the Humane Society to change the lives of lost, abandoned, and homeless animals in our community.

gift certificate Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

People can vote on your image until October 21st. Each $1 donation counts as a vote, once again you are making a donation to a wonderful cause in a fun way!

photo contest winner Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

The top 12 images on October 12th will be included in the 2016 Auburn Valley Humane Society Calendar.

Barktoberfest Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

Marbles would LOVE your vote!! VOTE HERE until October 21st 2014!! (This is the Link if you need to copy & paste it: http://auburnvalleyhs.org/pet-photo-calendar-contest/pet-profile/?cont=11&pet=568 )

calendar contest Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

Marbles is currently in the Top 12 in the Calendar Contest but that could change at any moment!! Hope you’ll help him, and help homeless animals at the same time!grass Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

OH & If you like our pet photography come visit us at this year’s Barktoberfest!!! October 11th 2014 10:00AM – 2:00PM at Auburn’s Roegner Park 601 Oravet’s Road SE, Auburn WA  …Besides the Rover Romp Walk/Run 3/5K, we will have a booth there so come say hi! Also, we donated another Pet Photoshoot gift certificate to be raffled off at this year’s event, come try your luck and see if you could be as lucky as adorable Mr Marbles the Cocker Spaniel, our 2013 winner.

warm weather Marbles the black Cocker Spaniel pet photoshoot by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

Good Luck in the photo contest Marbles, we voted for you!!!

Some like to win raffles

Some like to win calendar contests

Some Like It Shot

(*just a friendly reminder for those wondering, Some Like It Shot must pre approve with written consent before you are allowed to enter our images from your photoshoot into publications and contests* We pre-approve the Auburn Valley Humane Society Calendar Contest and hope that more clients will participate for such a great cause)

My Photoshoot by Madoc The Corgi

Friday September 20, 2013: What is this now? We are up at 4:00 AM! My Corgi senses were right as always, I knew something was up. The car is packed and we are on the road. The way seems familiar, it smells like cars though lots and lots of cars all going the same way. Mom says all these people are commuting to work and boy are we lucky we don’t have to do this every day. There are yellow and black dragons on this road. They are very large and hiss at me. I must bark and bark and keep them away. Mom says it’s ok they are school busses and they are full of kids and you love kids Madoc. Mom you must have lost it…..,They are full of kids!?!? that dragon ate the kids! OMD….”faints”!
smile Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
I now know where we are! We are at the ocean, I get to go to the beach, oh happy day!
waves Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
I got to meet some very nice people here at the beach. They are Alisha and Holland they have those camera things and they get mom to sit on some rocks and hold me and they point those camera things at us.
with mom Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
Mom seems to be enjoying this so I will go along with it. After the rocks I get to run around in the ocean which is something I really love to do.
running in the sand Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
All of a sudden there is a squeeky toy and it’s shaped just like a hamburger!
burger squeaky toy Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
I get to chase the hamburger while the nice camera people take my picture, I could get used to this.
sand reflection Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
 I show off my best side and let the wind ruffle my furs and I am feeling almost like a celebrity.
laying in the sand Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
I got my picture taken on a hill of sand, on moms lap, on top of a lifeguard stand.
portrait Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
And at the end guess what? Alisha and Holland said I could keep the hamburger!
digging Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

digging Madoc the corgi beach photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Well that made me very, very happy and now I love Alisha and Holland like bacon. Mom says the pictures came out really great and I was the star of the photo shoot. I hope to do it again and show off my corgilicious bad ole self again! BAROOOOOOO! ^..^
Here is the video with more of our photos:

Some like corgi’s in the ocean

Some like corgi’s in the sand

Some Like It Shot!

Thank you to our guest bloggers Michelle & Madoc!!

 

Charlie Boxer, You’ve Made Our Lives Whole

( Charlie Boxer 06/24/05 – 04/30/14 – loved, remembered, missed, appreciated Forever)

Charlie is our Boxer boy, almost 9 years old, the love of our lives, our first doggy love, the reason we are professional photographers today, he has helped us become the people we are in the community we are part of…really we owe so many wonderful memories, wonderful friends, a wonderful career, and several adventures to him. Sadly, on Wed. April 23rd 2014 he had a seizure, and after testing it was revealed that likely he only had a short time left with us due to a sarcoma tumor (hemangiosarcoma) on his spleen causing internal bleeding; hours, days, weeks remaining we did not know. The news was devastating for us. We are thankful for the seizure warning us, most people don’t know ahead of time. So, we did our best to make his last days amazing and gave him plenty of personal attention and love, he gave us love and happiness for so long I hope he knows how grateful we are. He was only with us for 5 more days after we learned of the tumor. It was too short of time, we weren’t ready, grieving has been deeply painful.

The posts at the top are the most recent. CLICK HERE to start from the bottom and work your way up. I thought there would be so many more days and posts.

Just Boxers 2015 calendar Charlie Boxer's 1st calendar 1st cover www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

5/1/14 Our house feels empty without him here, even with 3 dogs. Our 3 deaf dogs depended on him so much as their leader, as their ears, and for protection. Nothing is the same without him. This evening, just 1 day after Charlie passed away and I am overwhelmed with emotions as this was officially announced online. Charlie is the cover of the 2015/2016 Just Boxers Calendar. We submitted his images for years, this was his first time selected and he got the cover … I hope his smile brings people happiness all year long.

charlie boxer and dad under the bridge www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/30 this is a photo from our adventure at the beach last Friday. Today was Charlie’s last day with us. We laid outside under the apple tree for hours, listening to birds, watching apple blossoms flurry like snow to the ground and dandelion seeds float around. He came close to passing on his own as we waited for the vet who came to our home. He ate girl scout Thin Mint cookies as she sedated him, those cookies he wanted his entire life. We whispered how much we loved him as we hugged him good bye until his last breath. He was comfortable and surrounded by those he loved and who loved him.  — We are devastated, nothing feels the same , we don’t feel the same, we miss him so much, he was such a huge part of our every day life…. he was such a huge part of ‘us’.

Boxer Boston Family, Charlie's last photo Mt Rainier www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/29/14 This was our last photo with Charlie looking like himself. It only was a few minutes more when his health noticeably drastically changed. We headed home and gave him some beef & kale for dinner. After searching for hours I found some YunnanBaiYao thanks to our friend Cherry who had some and was online late at night to see we were in need. It is said to help with internal bleeding and reduce pain. We were able to get him some by 1A I don’t think we started it soon enough. He laid down in Holland’s closet as if trying to find a place to be alone…we knew he was telling us it was his time. I laid with him all night on the floor, monitoring his breathing and telling him how much we love him and what a good boy he is and always has been.
We miss him so much.

a sunset car ride with Charlie Boxer and dad www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/29 We took a sunset car ride with our Charlie and he put his paw up on & by Holland and watched him drive, as we told him we loved him. We drove to an area with a nice view of Mt Rainier and took a couple family photos.

wishes for my boxer boy www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/28 So quickly things turned today from OK to not OK. This morning he seemed like his normal self, then this evening he threw up twice,  I assume it was most of his food from this morning. We stopped with the treats yesterday trying to rule out that as why he threw up yesterday and now realize it wasn’t from the treats. This was such a sad moment, we know what that means. Today a chinese herbal medicine we ordered was supposed to arrive (Yunnan BaiYao Capsules) – there was a error in our expiration date for our credit card and we didn’t realize it so the meds won’t arrive until Thursday.

you are the rainbow on my cloudy day - Boxer www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/27 After our visit with grandma and her kitties we came home. Literally hours after the first rainbow and once again the sun burst with perfect timing for us to get a photo. Charlie, you are the rainbow on our cloudy days. To end the evening he had tuna in his meal and I have never been more happy to see him slop up his food. Perhaps his appetite issue earlier really was because of all the extra treats.

Boxer Charlie visited his grandma  www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/27 We visited with Charlie’s grandma and her 16 year old Kitty Tabitha. Neither are very fond of being photographed so we had to sneak in photos. Tabitha kitty was behind me while I took this. As you can tell he likes Kitties, mostly just to sniff but they don’t usually like him back.

charlie holland rainbow Boxer www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/27 Ups & Downs today, I’ve managed to reduce my crying some. Friends have helped remind me that he doesn’t understand why I am crying and I just want him to be happy, so I am putting feeling aside during our adventures and living in the moment. This morning he didn’t finish his breakfast for the first time ever. Usually when appetite is lost time is getting shorter. I did cry. However Holland suspects it was because of all the bacon treats I gave him yesterday. It was a gloomy rainy kind of day today. We drove in the rain to ‘Grandma’s’ house to visit her and her kitties. On the way, the sun burst out for just a few minutes as we passed a park and a rainbow filled the sky. We quickly stopped for a photo before it faded away.

boxer snuggles ILY Charlie www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/25 At night is the hardest, I am soaking in all the snuggles I can. His favorite spot has always been curling up in my legs. I cry when he sleeps not because of thinking about his life – he has had a fantastic one as far as that goes – but I cry because I think of the future without him and it hurts. There were things we expected him to one day be part of that we know he will not…and that hurts me a lot. We hoped that he would be a baby sitter for our first child and we know that won’t happen now. <3

mcgraw family www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/26 I was adamant that we get a family photo today. This was our 1st family photo in 5 years, we’ve never taken one with all 6 of us before. I feel guilty, we photograph other families year round and neglected to get our annual family photo. You have no idea how important they are until you don’t have them. We wanted to have Mt Rainier in the background but the clouds rolled in and weren’t going away. So, this was our safety shot until the clouds go away. We set up a tripod & lighting in our backyard and GrandPaw Bruce played ‘Bacon Clown’ to get their attention.

blue puppy boxer www.SomeLikeItShotphotography.com

4/25 tonight as I reminisced I was reminded another reason I am happy we changed our business colors to blue this week. When Charlie was an itty bitty puppy he was referred to as blue until we named him. He was the blue collared pup and it has always been his color.

Boxer flower smiles www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/25 We played in the yard alone, and with some bacon he had his wiggle butt energy back with bouts of zoomies and plenty of smiles.

Charlie Boxer beach day WA www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Charlie’s top favorite places in CA were sandy beaches. The options in WA for a dog who isn’t fond of other dogs is pretty slim but we made it happen for a little while without being disturbed. He enjoyed the sand between his toes and wanted to run in it but we had to stay on leash. The birds kept his ears perky on our 1st WA beach day.

frolicked in flowers boxer Charlie www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/25 we frolicked in flowers at the park, ate breakfast (he even got some of my breakfast sandwich), just hanging out in the grass, exchanging kisses and posing for treats.

Boxer kiss - the heartbreaking news, beginning the adventure www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/25 We weren’t prepared for the news but it came. The results showed that Charlie won’t be with us much longer due to a sarcoma tumor. Life expectancy 0-6 weeks. After some tears we knew we needed to make the best of the weekend. We dropped everything and went to the beach for our 1st WA beach day, it was supposed to be 100% rainy but the clouds parted for us.

pouty Boxer squishy face www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/24 We went to the vet this morning. They were impressed with how great he looked for an 8 almost 9 year old. They did testing and said they would call us the next day. I thought for sure we would be getting seizure meds. After work we brought the fur kids out back to play, Charlie had no interest in grazing or playing, which was heart breaking and very unusual for him. You can’t see in this photo but his gums were quite pale. So I brought him in and snuggled him instead.

Happy senior Boxer running and playing www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

4/23 Charlie had a seizure, our hearts sank knowing at his age what this could mean. We’ve dealt with seizures in our younger Boston but nothing can prepare you for watching your dog in a seizure. We posted this photo on our Facebook and made his Dr Appt. after encouraging words from our friend Krissy.

Charlie Boxer, just days before our lives would be changed forever www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Charlie and his fur siblings & Grandpaw Bruce just days before our lives were changed forever.

I want to emphasize that he has made such an incredible impact on our lives. Charlie is the reason we got our first pro DSLR, his photos were our first winnings in a photo competition, he was in our first internationally published image, and his photos being submitted were how we were contracted with Dog Fancy Magazine and the calendars we are part of today, his wiggle-butt got us involved with Boxer Rescue and offering fundraising photoshoots, which lead to our professional photography business. He was our Boxer baby, our everything.

~Alisha & Holland, Some Like It Shot Photography