To know me is to know that I’m a die-hard family guy. I love my wife, kids, and our furry kids.
When my wife and I married, back in 2000, we blended two families and raised six children together. Hard to believe that 17 years later we are empty nesters.
Well, almost. Our empty nest enjoys the constant pitter-patter of 12 little feet.
We have three furry kids; dogs ranging in size and shapes including our Chihuahua (Snoop), our Pug (Hermione) and our Golden Retriever (Lucy).
Our Golden Retriever was only 4 weeks old when she came home with us, and she doesn’t have a clue that she now outweighs the other two dogs by a healthy 6o pounds. They play together every day, follow us from room to room, and two of the three sleep on our bed.
They are our children.
Recently, we learned that Snoop (our Chihuahua) has a heart condition and is now on a daily regimen of medicine. We also learned that his time with us is going to be shorter than expected.
Knowing what is coming doesn’t make it easier to bear. The thought of it is heart wrenching for the both of us.
Our impending loss motivated me to create a video of Snoop using some of the many photos and videos that my wife has taken of him over the many years. We’ve got memories of him playing and romping with the other dogs, the kids, our family, and him just chilling by himself.
Animals are blessings, offering us their unconditional love and loyalty. Along the way they contribute to a boat load of laughs and silly moments that become a part of our family story.
When I mentioned Snoop’s condition to my social media guru, she shared with me that she keeps the ashes of 2 of her pets in her office. It comforts her to know they are honored, remembered and valued, still. Therein lies the silent significance that these little furry creatures claim in our hearts and our lives; our loyalty to them and a need to have them with us always.
I share this with you because what we are going through with Snoop, every pet owner will experience. The goodbyes are excruciating, as is the loss and emptiness they leave behind.
We are already finding comfort in celebrating Snoop in our memory video. It helps to know that when his time comes, we can revisit those great memories, see his little face and remember how he warmed our hearts as a member of our family.
For those of you who share your world with your beloved pets, know that we can compile a memory video all your own. By transforming all those pictures/videos you’ve accumulated over the years into a loving, creative, thoughtful and reverent video, you will always have a way to celebrate and forever remember your furry companion.
I know I’m a big softie when it comes to my family, furry and otherwise. But I’ve built a business around creating legacy and event videos because of the comfort they offer and the memories they preserve. Everything that matters to you and me is worth saving.
Pet Legacy videos preserve all those moments that have made our pets a part of our family’s day to day. It’s an awesome way to keep them with us.
Love is a big deal. And in our family, our pets matter to us very much. Remembering them in a video of their life beats an urn with ashes any day of the week.
Dogs are indeed people too; the very best kind!
Beautifully said, Mitch! Those little paws pitter patter their way right into our hearts. Your videos are always top notch. The possibility of preserving that beauty forever makes the inevitable easier to think about.
Thanks Rochelle. We love our little guys and gals.
Cuz, great idea. I’m interested to see how/where you’ll market it. Sorry to hear re: Snoop. We do have a special kind of relationship.
Snoop misses hanging out with you. Stay tuned. Thanks for the comment
Mitch, I so relate to this post. Love that you are using your talent for something like this. Your pups are beautiful! This is awesome!
Thanks Tammy. Our pets are very important to us. Thanks for the comment.
Thanks for your blog. I can relate to so much of what you’ve said here. My Golden passed away 2 years ago. It was her and me 7/24 for 14 years. I got her at 6 weeks old. I too have the little wooden box and paw print in plaster in a special place in my home. Since then I got a rescue dog who was badly abused as a puppy. She’s turned out to be a sweetheart and helps fill the void my Golden left. Your lucky to have 3 furry friends and Little Snoop is lucky to have you. My prayers are with Little Snoop.
Ron, Thanks for the comment. Little Snoop has no clue. He is going about his day like usual. We hide his daily medicine in chicken and he’s getting extra food twice a day.
We have two dog children too. 2 chihuahua mixes. We understand how you feel about Snoop. Hope he stays along with you for a lot longer.
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Rebecca, thanks for the comment. Snoop has no idea he is ill. Hope he is around for years.
I don’t agree that dogs are people but wow do I agree that “They are the very best kind”…actually, almost always they are better than people. Often no sass, just love. A good dog is like no other.
Shelley, dogs never talk back like our kids used to and they are happy to see us every time we come home. Thanks for the comment.
I get that anticipatory grief. I so get it. I love my dogs as if they were people…and I like them more than many people! Love this service.
Thanks, Carol. I can’t argue with you there, dogs are some of our favorite people. Do keep me in mind should you ever wish to create a video of your pooch. It would be my honor. Appreciate the comment!
Just wanted you to know that I’ve shared this post with some friends. Nice work!
Thank you Tammy. Much appreciated. Trick or treat 🙂