The recent loss of our girl Kona has hit us hard. She came into our lives when she was 5 years young and I knew then, even if she lived to a ripe old age, we wouldn't have enough time together.
They're all special, but she was extraordinary. Not only was she our amazing companion for over 8 years, she was a teacher, and a connector. Her determination was inspiring, and annoying at times ;) but it served her well. She showed people what a great life she could have in spite of the challenges that came her way.
The trajectory of my life was changed by this very special Labrador Retriever. She is a big part of my "why". I think I have the best job in the world. I love animals, I love photography and I love creating photographs that are personal and meaningful for my clients. But Cedar & Bark Photography was also inspired in part, by my desire to work from mostly from home and spend more time with Kona. It was a win, win and when we’re ready, there’ll be a spot in my home office for another pup.
We are so grateful to our friends and family who have been there for us. We know she was like one of your own and you are grieving the loss as well.
The outpouring of love and support we’ve received since her passing has also brought to light how many people we’ve met as a result of Kona. Here are just a few that come to mind.
With her quirky anxiety issues and phobias, we contacted and met a wonderful animal behaviourist. I’m forever grateful for everything I learned from Kris Crestejo from Modern Canine Training. Her fresh perspective really helped us help Kona. The skills I learned as a result, have come in handy with my animal clients to make sure the sessions are a fun and positive experience.
Losing her vision at age 8 from glaucoma was a scary time for us, but we connected with many wonderful people who helped us all along the way. From the amazing team at Western Canada Veterinary Eye Specialists and the Blind Dog support group on Facebook, we made new friends and learned how to navigate the new normal. Blindness was barely a bump in the road for Kona. She was always ready for the next adventure and usually leading the way ☺ She was a testament to everyone who met her, of how well blind dogs can manage and that she was living a great life. No eyes, no problem!
Kona was a part of our community. She made an impact wherever she went. Children would meet her and innocently ask "why doesn't she have eyes"? We would explain that she went blind from a disease called glaucoma and the disease made her eyes very sore, so she was better off without them. They accepted that and just thought she was cool! Try explaining that to the parents when their kid comes home saying they want a blind dog lol!