Taking on the Unexpected

equine photos

January 17, 2019



There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is rapture in the lonely shore,

There is society where none intrudes,

By the deep sea and music in its roar;

I love not man less,

But nature more. 

–Lord Byron



After enjoying a wonderful Christmas with my family, 2019 kicked off with some unexpected events. My German Shepherd, Raven, who is my best friend, suffered a very serious spinal injury. Three of her discs ruptured, leaving her paralyzed. I was referred to an amazing veterinary specialist hospital. A neurologist/neurosurgeon diagnosed her injury and quickly operated to save her life. She was hospitalized for several days and came home to me last week. I have been at her side ever since. The passing days seem to be a bit of a blur, caring for her around the clock and making sure I do all I can to give her the best chance at a complete recovery. My Raven has saved me many times and this was my chance to save her. I have made it a point to be present in my days with her and to ensure she is comfortable. I cannot adequately express my gratitude in words for all the doctors and nurses who cared for her and saved her life. We are truly blessed.

With the time spent at home these past weeks, I have been able to go back through some images I took in 2018 of the magical Nokota horses. I miss them, the farm and my friends so very much! I look forward to Raven’s continued healing and the ability to get back to the farm very soon!

Raven hasn’t been very cooperative for pictures since she’s been home but I completely understand why! So I hope you will enjoy some new images of my favorite horses instead! I look forward to Raven healing and getting back outside with me. I cherish our time together. The ability to escape the daily craziness and go into nature. . . there’s simply nothing better.

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I believe it is in our DNA to be connected to nature, animals and each other. When I look through the lens of my camera, I want to highlight this connection and preserve it so you can share your story with future generations.

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