The arrival of a first child is monumental! When a biological baby comes along, there's no doubt in anyone's mind that you're finally a mom or dad. What some forget is that a lot of us have fur-babies before our own children are born. They're sweet, little souls who are often practice babies as we settle into a life that's stable enough for the real deal.
I first met Anastassia in my neighbourhood, years ago - back when (Dachshund) Angel was her only baby. Seeing as how Angel and my Rottie took a real liking to one another, Anastassia and I chatted while the dogs played. Over the years we'd run into each other at dog parks. One day, Anastassia had a surprise with her: a brand new (Rottie-mix) puppy named Aurora and a pregnant belly!
When little Imari was finally born, I felt it was an honour to photograph him! He is the absolute cutest puddin-pop I've seen in ages!
Being mindful of the baby and dog dynamic, I made sure to ask how the dogs are with Imari. The bad news is the dogs are no longer the babies. The good news is they don't seem to mind at all. In fact, they love Imari and have settled into their nanny roles very comfortably.
All puppers aside, I spent most of my time fussing over how adorable Imari is. His powdery baby smell and adorable coos were absolutely heart melting. If he's this much of a lady-killer now, I can only imagine the trail of broken hearts he's sure to leave, some day...