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This Is The Heartbreaking Story Of A Photographer And Her Dying Dog

This is Maria and Chubby's story.

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When Chubby, her collie/German shepherd/hound mix, started becoming ill and deteriorated rapidly in health, Sharp decided to chronicle their final moments together.

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The 23-year-old enlisted the help of fellow photographer Suzanne Price to shoot a portrait session.

She also combed through her old pictures of Chubby to create a touching ode to her greatest friend.

"Chubby isn’t just a dog," Sharp wrote in her blog. "She’s my longest and best friend."

"We got her from the pound when I was 7 years old. Being the impatient 7-year-old that I was I would wake her up from her puppy naps so we could play. I just wanted someone to enjoy life with."


"Since it was just me and my mom in the house, Chubby added something our family really needed. Chubby was my person."

"The person I ran home to to tell about my day. She taught me how to listen, how to love, and how to be a friend. Not only is Chubby important to me, but she touches everyone who is around her with her warm personality and acceptance."

In the blog post, uploaded on 2 October, Sharp said Chubby’s health had declined over the last couple of years.

She developed cataracts and lost her hearing, then struggled to stand up.

"She would stay up for most of the night, getting super anxious and walking around in circles, forgetting where she was going," Sharp wrote. "It was heartbreaking to watch. The vet told us she has cognitive disfunction (Alzheimer's for dogs) and recommended a supplement to help turn her around. When that didn't work we got her some anxiety pills to help her sleep at night."

Chubby then stopped eating all together, and a subsequent X-ray discovered she had gallstones.

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"Surgery was the only sure fire way to fix it and we knew she was too weak for surgery," Sharp wrote. "They could try and give us medicine but that was not guaranteed to help.

"By this point she was on her third day of no food. We made the decision to let her go on Monday."


Sharp said Chubby had been around for all the important years in her life, from graduating high school and college to meeting boyfriends.

"She was there for me when I moved home and none of my friends were around," she wrote. "She saw me start my own business and fulfill my dream as becoming a wedding photographer."

"It’s still hard to accept that she’s actually gone," the photographer wrote. "I find myself looking around the house for her."

Suzanne Price/Suzuran Photography at

"Peaking in the bathroom since I didn’t see her in the living room sleeping. I think that’s going to be the biggest adjustment, actually believing that my best friend is gone."