Photographer offers free end-of-life portraits for senior pets and their owners

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Michigan-based photographer Julia Earhart gives the best pet-lover treat: end-of-life portraits. Pictured is Annelise Nearon and her dog, Cudi. Courtesy of Julia Earhart

A Michigan photographer is offering heartwarming gifts for people with terminally ill dogs: a portrait with their aging pup, free of charge.

Julia Earhart, from Dearborn, Michigan, has her own 2-year-old golden retriever and 1-year-old retriever mix, and she knows how fond owners are of their furry friends.

“Photos aren’t something a lot of pet owners might think about doing, but I know how much I love my dogs, and I know how much that would mean to me,” she told the Detroit News.

Earhart’s love for animals has always shone through her actions — sponsoring senior pets and animal rescues — and these complimentary photoshoots are just another facet of her love.

When Annelise Nearon asked Earhart to photograph her last days with her 8-year-old labrador mix Cudi, who had cancer, Earhart realized this was something she could do for people and their beloved pets. She posted the photos of Nearon and her dog on a Facebook group called Downriver and Friends, offering free sessions.

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Earhart decided the best way to give back to dog owners as their fury friends came to the end of their lives was to give away free portrait sessions.

Courtesy of Julia Earhart

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The photos show the undying love and affection dogs and their owners share.

Courtesy of Julia Earhart

“After that session, it made me realize just how important your bond with your animal, who is sometimes your best friend, can be,” Earhart told the Detroit paper.

For Nearon and Cudi, Earhart captured sweet moments of snuggles, pets and the looks of adoration the two had for each other.

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She got the idea when a friend of hers asked for portraits of her and her dog. Shown is Annelise Nearon and her pooch, Cudi.

Courtesy of Julia Earhart

While photographing the end of life for humans’ best friends — their dogs — can be devastating, the project also brought Earhart joy to be able to honor the devout canines.

“People might say, ‘Oh, it’s just a dog, why are you so upset?’ But for a lot of people, their pet is their family member or their child,” she told the Detroit News. “There is a real connection and a lot of emotion that these animals can bring out in us. Witnessing that as a photographer? It fills me with a lot of joy.”

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Dogs are a part of every owner’s family, like children, Earhart said.

Courtesy of Julia Earhart

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