What a year – 2016
2016 WHAT A YEAR for The Sage Hound
It doesn’t really feel right to go into the new year without fully acknowledging the year last year and all that has happened both the good and the challenges. Of course, the biggest event from 2016 for us was the complete rebranding of our business. Working with Nichole Smith and her Million Dollar Dog Brand has to be at the top for me this past year both personally and professionally. I met some amazing people and have continued to learn and grow with Nic’s mentorship. I highly recommend her. She is awesome!! That was one of the most challenging and rewarding events of last year (possibly ever) and you can read more about it here.
The Sage Hounds had a few personal challenges this past year.
Ace was diagnosed with a tumor on his heart (aka a Chemodectoma) this past summer. Which literally took me out of commission for a month as I processed the fact that he is getting older. 🙁 In case you wanted to know, a Chemodectoma is a benign tumor that takes a long time to grow which means he has probably had it for quite awhile. Unfortunately, when it gets large enough it puts pressure on his heart and causes fluid build up in his lungs and chest among other things. That was how we found out he had it….he was having a hard time breathing and very lethargic. Since they are not able to surgically remove the tumor the only option was to use Radiation therapy to help treat the inflammation and decrease the size of the tumor to relieve the pressure it was putting on the heart. He went thru 4 treatments and although those two months were really rough on our family and Ace, he is doing really well and we are enjoying him as much as we can and making sure he is happy.
Just as we were feeling better about Ace, Marty, our youngest had to have ACL surgery in October. His surgeon, Dr. Grant, was awesome but it was a tough surgery. He is only 3, and extremely active which made the recovery emotionally hard too. Just as we were getting ready to start hiking again, he had some additional issues with his toenails splitting which has caused the poor guy to wear the cone of shame for 3 weeks longer than we had all hoped. We are looking forward to getting back to our regular hikes, walks and bike rides. Marty has been a trooper thru it all and has kept his positive attitude….which is more than I can say for myself! After this year, I am a big proponent of Trupanion Insurance. They have allowed us to take the best possible care of our pups without going into the poor house. I highly recommend them!!
There were some fun adventures this year. We hiked Mt. Baldy for the first time with Molly and Marty and that was definitely quite the accomplishment. We have been itching to do it again so that is on our list for next spring as well as some of the other hikes in that area.
This year in addition to the work I do with I.C.A.R.E. Rescue, I also worked with some new rescue partners, Doggie Bonez Rescue and the Newport Beach Animal Shelter photographing a total of 194 dogs and puppies looking for their families with more than half finding them! This is the first time that I have actually counted the number of dogs I photographed….WOW! It is so rewarding to be a part of these organizations and help them make a difference. If you are looking for a new family member, I recommend you look these guys up.
Every year I work with ICARE Dog Rescue and create calendars that they sell to help the funding for the dogs. I love doing it and each year we have a theme. This year seemed to be the year of the puppy, so our calendar is filled with puppies this year. You can find them here if you are interested.
We had the pleasure of working with the best clients this year. We met so many wonderful families and feel so fortunate that we were able to photograph some amazing hounds…take a look at the video and see for yourself.
There was also some heartache this year as a couple of our favorite clients said goodbye to their beloved pups. It was a rough year in that regard. I am honored to have met them.
All in all I feel really thankful and blessed this past year and am looking forward to an amazing 2017! Wishing you a great start to your year!
Here’s to living like someone left the gate open!