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A tribute to senior pets

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

November is all about Senior Pets and celebrating how remarkable they are. It is Senior Pet Month as well as Adopt a Senior pet month.

Here at Paws & Tails Pet Photography HQ every day is Senior Pet Month. The special feline who started inspiring me to become a pet photographer, Lisa-Lee, crossed the rainbow bridge in 2017 at the ripe age of 16. She was older than we had thought when adopting her, so we did go through some fun and sometimes stressful senior moments along the way once she hit (what we now know to be) about 12. She had senior moments where she would forget where she was. She lost almost all her hearing. She had poor vision and would meow at the water bowl to find out how deep it was, only to get mad at it when she snorted it instead and would flip the bowl in her frustration. However, she was still my snuggly, feisty, and protective girl through it all, and I miss her every single day.

Lisa Lee sunbathing in the Spring sunshine

These days, my younger girl, and other inspiration behind becoming a pet photographer, Poly-ana, is now in her senior years, as is our family pup, the littlest big boss, Ozzy. Poly-ana just celebrated her 13th MEOW day this month, and Ozzy will celebrate her 11th on New Years Day. Thus far, Poly-ana hasn't had any senior-related issues, and for that, we are thankful. However, Ozzy is starting to show her years and is blind in one eye and has problems with her hips, but most days, she still acts like a very energetic puppy!

Poly ana posing in the studio

Ozzy soaking up the last rays of summer in Coal Harbor

Over the years, I have had the great fortune to work with various furkids, in several species, with a wide range of ages, from newborn puppies to senior equines and everything in between.

Some of the many special seniors I've had the joy of photographing over the years.

Seniors are always some of my favorites to photograph. While many people might prefer to work with younger furkids, I often find myself drawn to the seniors—the ones who have seen it all—whose hearts are still so full of life and love.

If you're like me and a little older and looking to adopt a special furkid to bring into your life, I most definitely recommend adopting a more senior pet. Senior furkids often require less training, are a little more laid back, and still have some of the biggest hearts. Their muzzles might be silver, but their hearts are still quite full of pure gold.

Are you a fur-parent to a special senior furkid like I am? If so, be sure to check out our Legacy Paws Sessions for Senior or Terminally Ill Furkids.

Legacy Paws sessions are all about capturing every minute detail and treasured moments that will remind us of all the joy they bring to our lives and hearts, even after they cross the rainbow bridge. They even come with a complimentary keepsake from this Senior Pet Momma to you.

Do you have a special senior furkid? I have a special spot for senior furkids, so make my day bright and share yours with us today!

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