Gratitude is a word that has appeared so much in the past few years, especially in 2020. I have so much to be thankful for. It has not always been easy for me to find gratitude, especially when the world seems to come crashing down on me through some of life’s toughest challenges. Like you, I refocus, pull up my boot straps and continue. That is until I met my match in this girl right here. Pippin was not easy to train. In fact I almost returned her to the rescue group. I consider myself to be dog savvy. I know a bit about dog training and think that there is good in every dog. But not this time.

She broke me. She made me second guess my ability. She was mouthy. She was obstinate. And quite honestly I wasn’t sure if we’d ever mesh together.

On one particular day when I took Pippin to see Dr. Gigliotti, the animal chiropractor, I had a rude awakening. Dr. Gigliotti believes there is good in every.single.dog. Even Pippin. So when she told me I needed to “live in the moment” with her, it brought tears to my eyes. It stung. “What the does it mean to live in the moment”, I thought. Surely I live in the moment. I am attentive to her. Or at least I thought I was. I had to call my friend Jane to process this phrase. After all she always talked about this living in the moment thing. It was one of the best conversations I’ve had in a long time. Now I know what it means to live in the moment. Giving 100% of my thoughts and attention to…

This is why I am grateful for Pippin. I have learned how to live in the moment. And I think I am pretty good at it too.

I am also grateful for my husband, Jeff. He knows how love this dog, even when it was hard for me. And I think the love between them is mutual. Maybe it’s because he knew all along what she needed most.

I believe that every dog and their people have a story to tell. And I believe that their story needs to be told through photographs.