Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography by Jennifer Starr » Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Otto & Ford’s Going with Grace Session

Going with Grace© was born a few years after I started my pet photography journey.  I received so many inquiries from people who were about to say goodbye to their pet and they wanted to preserve their memories in the form of photographs. I soon realized I needed to offer a special service to future clients who were going through such a painful experience. It was always my hope to bring peace and comfort to pet owners. My heart is at its fullest during Going with Grace sessions and I’m reminded of the importance of my role when I talk to clients during and after these shoots.

When Otto was diagnosed with heart failure and Ford was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma within six months of each other, my heart was broken. I knew I wanted to immortalize their beautiful faces and the joy they have brought into my life for the last decade.  I am so grateful for Jen making time so quickly after receiving the second terminal diagnosis to do the Going with Grace photography session on a beautiful fall day so we wouldn’t miss the chance to capture memories I’ll cherish for a lifetime. She knew all the magic words to get my dogs to produce the best photos possible, and she turned around great images super quickly for me to review.” – Otto & Ford’s Momma

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Message Home from the Rainbow Bridge
Author Unknown

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “it’s me.”
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew
… in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over… smile and watch you yawning
and say “goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.

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