Gracie

Meet my (very) big, fluffy shadow! Gracie comes with me absolutely everywhere, including to the CrossFit gym and onto the tennis court if she can get away with it. 

 

She is 50kg of totally daft Newfoundland, full of character and quite a bit of naughtiness.  Gracie adores everyone she meets (usually a little too much), and everything she sees (except for her fear of the butchers!).  Cats are her favourite, but sadly they never seem want to play with her!  

Gracie is also a self-proclaimed influencer on Instagram - give her a follow: @gracie_the_newf

Kensi

Kensi was my first dog, my beautiful fox red labrador.  She was the reason I picked up a camera and together we've learned so much about photography and of course doggy posing!

 

In November 2018, just two months after her 4th birthday, Kensi fell ill.  Within a week, she was gone.  After she had passed away, the vets found out she had developed an incredibly rare and incurable liver disease.

Kensi did so many incredible things in her short life.  She had two litters of absolutely beautiful puppies, she was incredibly gifted at agility (despite me being her handler), and she had the fastest rollover of any dog in the land!  Kensi's appreciation of food, all food was infamous and her desire to please me / earn treats was staggering.

 

She had friends all over the country, but Kensi was never happier than when she was chasing balls on our beach at home.  Her love of the sea was unrivalled and her talent for surfing and paddle boarding was a real crowd pleaser!

On walks I would often call Kensi over for a photo, and she'd sit there so patiently, her expression a little exasperated as I fiddled with my camera settings.  Finally I'd hit the shutter, chuck her a treat and she'd be off, chasing smells in the undergrowth, or skipping through the rolling waves.

Losing Kensi was the hardest thing I've ever gone through, but she has left me with so many amazing memories, taught me so many important lessons and made me a better person, dog owner and photographer. 

 

I miss her little face every day, but I'm grateful I have these photos to remind me.

© Lottie Miles

Westward Ho!, Devon | www.lottiemiles.co.uk | calmiles@yahoo.co.uk 

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