© 2010 Annie J Lemay

In loving memory of Golda.

This beautiful dog Golda, and gracious woman, Sarah were having their last walk at their favourite spot, atHeritage Park, in Mission, BC. You see, Golda was 11 years old and suffered from cancer. This was Golda’s last walk.

I had my camera on a tripod at the park, with 2 dogs. I offered to take their last portrait of them, if she minded. I asked Golda to kiss Sarah, and this is the result. I photographed them walking back to the car. I trembled as I captured them on camera. I cried all the way home. The loss was enormous for this lady.

Later that evening, Golda’s vet came to her home, and she laid on her favorite pillow and was let go.

Sarah and I connected in a way I cant explain. We embraced at the park, with so many tears. Tears for stranger, tears that stayed with me. I could feel her loss. We have stayed in contact by email, and she would like this image. For some reason I have hesitated. My settings were not set for this. Enough excuses now!

Tell me what you think of this image, please.

This is the final version of “Last Kiss”

Nikon D2X
105 mm

October 14, 2009

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I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Almost 50 years old and have a passion for photography, and now have discovered layering and adding textures.

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 5 years ago

    Oh, Annie…I’m crying now, too…So terribly sad…But wow, how amazing that you happened to be there with your camera to capture these last precious moments….It’s really beautiful…xo

  • Laurie, it was an amazing experience and still affects me now. I am to picky and haven’t sold too many pieces. Orignal isn’t perfect. Should I have this version printed? Anyone? Ideas? I want to do this right…Thank you Laurie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • RRoca
    RRocaabout 5 years ago

    Annie this is such a touching, precious capture. I cried reading your narrative. You captured the love between these two souls so well. I pray that Sarah is slowly but surely healing from Golda’s absence. I also pray that, as trite as it may sound, that Sarah knows what she did was for Golda’s well being. Beautiful work Annie. (This capture is perfect to be printed the way it is. I think Sarah would treasure it.)

  • Thank you so much! I am so touched at the response! We do love our dogs!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    This is so very poignant. By all means, make sure Sarah gets a copy of this as I’m sure she’ll treasure it always.

  • Sarah has asked me to have this printed, she wants to frame this image. I pray she will be happy with this and it brings her years of good memories.

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • PSL1
    PSL1about 5 years ago

    This is the most beautiful and touching image I have seen in very long time. As a dog lover myself I know that there was a lot of pain. but This has I Love You written all over it.
    Excellent work Annie. – Peter

  • Thank you Peter, yes I have been moved by this beyond words. I am finally sharing this with all of you.

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • April-in-Texas
    April-in-Texasabout 5 years ago

    Excellent, and very moving!

  • Thank you for taking the time to stop in! I appreciate the feecback!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • Leslie Nicole
    Leslie Nicoleabout 5 years ago

    It’s a wonderful image. Made me start crying remembering my last walk with my old boy, Bran.

  • Understood too much! Thank you for your wonderful comments!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • Dusker
    Duskerabout 5 years ago

    A lovely photo—with such emotion. How we love our animals. Such trust.

  • Yes dogs have a connection with us………..they touch a part of us! I love mine, he is my other half! Thank you!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...about 5 years ago

    Please be sure to give a copy of this touching image to Sarah. If I were Sarah, I would treasure it forever. It demonstrates the strong bond between humans and companion dogs; what better memento of two shared beloved lives is there than this? It is difficult for me to write through my tears for Golda’s passing as well as my own grief over companion animals I have loved only to swallow the bitter pill of parting from them too soon. This is a beautiful image, Annie, one with which animal lovers will all connect. I think I’ll go give my dog a big hug.

  • Do that………..I shall give Gizmo a hug too! Thank you!!!!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartabout 5 years ago

    Agree…I’m hugging my nine-year old wheatie right now.

  • Wish mine was bigger ! Thank you Rebecca!!!!!!!!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

  • akaurora
    akauroraabout 5 years ago

    Annie, I was so touched by this image and your story behind the portrait … Sarah and Golda were so lucky that you happened into their lives that day … you captured a moment that Sarah will never share with her beloved dog Golda again but by doing so you gave her a moment that she will always cherish through this beautiful image. (Don’t be so critical of this image … it is priceless just as it is especially to the two people who matter most, you and Sarah). Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Thank you Rick & Deb, I am my worst critic! It is off to the printers…….yikes! Very exciting!

    – Annie Lemay Photography

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