Meg got hold of me recently and explained that she'd taken in a sweet 12-year-old foster dog just a few months ago, one that she knew had cancer. Gigi, her foster, doesn't have much time left, so she knew she wanted to document their relationship. We compared schedules and got something booked as quickly as possible. After a quick chat over the phone about the images that were most important to Meg, we headed out one gorgeous morning to hang out and capture Gigi, Meg, and her 5-year-old lab Oskee together.

And oh boy, it was such a sweet session.

Meg had mentioned a group called Live Like Roo that sends care packages to anyone with a dog who has cancer. In some cases, they even provide financial assistance to help deal with the costs of oncology surgery, chemo, or radiation.

In the care packages they send, one of the items is a gift card for an ice cream cone... because every dog with cancer deserves to enjoy an ice cream cone, and Gigi is no exception.

Got your tissues? Ok good. Here's our session:

Newman Nation Senior Pets
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University of Illinois Arboretum
Live Like Roo
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Live Like Roo
Live Like Roo Care Package
Live Like Roo Ice Cream Cone
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Meg shared the rescue she's working with for Gigi's care as well. Newman Nation: Senior Pets United's mission is to rescue unwanted/abandoned senior pets across the United States either for placement as a forever foster or to be adopted out.

If you'd like to donate or get involved with either Live Like Roo or Newman Nation, both have several ways you can help!

Meg, this was such a touching, if bittersweet, session, and sessions like these are why I love photography. I love the meaningful and deep parts of life, and I know that you have made an entire world of difference for Gigi for the last, and maybe even most important months, of her life. I know, and I'm positive she knows, how much you love her.

Thank you for sharing your little family!!

Christi

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