Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve had a close connection to animals.  My very first pet of my very own was a kitty named Squeaky.  On my 10th birthday, I begged and begged for my own cat.   He was a big ball of white fluff when I picked him out of my uncle’s barn.  Squeaky was my best friend and was with me all the time. He’d climb trees with me and watched as I read books.  He’d follow me around the yard as I played in the garden but mostly, he was always there when I needed a friend. I learned a lot from Squeaky, but the most important lesson was the value of friendship and unconditional love.  The day he died left a profound impression on me.  I could feel my heart breaking in a thousand pieces and I wasn’t sure how I was going to live without him.  But, in the end, I knew my heart was better for knowing him.

Since Squeaky, I’ve had the honor of being a pet guardian to many animal friends.  They’ve each taught me something about myself and helped me conquer my fears while at the same time shined a light on my strengths.  But that’s what pets do, don’t you think?  

Pet photographer melissa dunstan with her cat Little Kitten
Melissa Dunstan Pet Photographer with her two dogs Big Joe the Tibetan Mastiff and Molly Grace the Tripod
Melissa Dunstan Pet Photographer with her two dogs Big Joe the Tibetan Mastiff and Molly Grace the Tripod