Contributed by Petcha Photography, Pawling, NY
Right before Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of visiting a friend and her beautiful Landseer Newfoundland named Starlit’s Canis Major, CGC, RN, CD….or Major for short. He was a majestic 9 year and 11 month old bunch of fluffy handsomeness, who was acquired from Starlit Farms in Queensbury, N.Y.
Andrea and I have been friends for a short time but I have met her horses as well as her Landseer a couple of those times. She sent me a message on Facebook to look into photos with her boy once she learned he had an aggressive cancer that would progress worse in a short amount of time. She knew she had to make this choice for him because we all know they will not make it for us. Our fur families always put us first in their lives, and Andy knew it was time to put Major first this time for him.
We had a beautiful late afternoon sun to shoot on her farm amongst herself, her pups, and her beautful horses. The light was perfect, as though God knew this moment was meant to be memorable for her and him. Anatole France said it perfectly, "Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
After our shoot, I sat down and wrote a mini interview for her, because I wanted to hear in her own words her thoughts and feelings about her boy. Nothing can express these emotions better than thru the words of a heartfelt mother.
Andrea, why did you choose this breed?
“I rescued a dog while in college who was half Newf, and all of the things we fell in love with were from the Newf breed. The devotion to people, the kindness and generosity of spirit, and such a joyful creature to live with as well.”
How did you come up with his name?
“He was born on the last day of the Year of the Dog. His kennel was Starlit Ridge. So we named him after the constellation that follows Orion. And as a Newf we knew he'd be a big dog, so Major seemed a perfect fit.”
Can you describe the impact on your life this pup has made on you?
“This really isn't possible. I have met so many people because of my boy. He attracted attention from young and old, male and female. His passing has left a serious hole in my heart, he was my best friend. He was my constant companion. From dog shows, to water rescue work, to rally and horse shows. My vacations were spent with him, as I usually go horse camping, so he would go as well. I enjoyed and treasured every moment with him, even his last.”
If you could give us a lasting quote about you and your best friend what would it be?
“I think my quote would be "What a joy he was."”