Owner's Touching Tribute to Her Dying Dog Goes Viral


Chubby took part in a photography session that became a tribute to his long life.
Chubby took part in a photography session that became a tribute to his long life.

Over the course of 16 years, Maria Sharp shared countless wonderful moments with her dog, Chubby. Some of the sweetest might be those captured by fellow photographer Suzanne Price in the last days of Chubby’s life.

Sharp's family brought Chubby home from a shelter when Sharp was just 7 years old. Earlier this month, the Cleveland, Ohio, resident wrote a touching blog post about her best friend.

“Chubby was my person,” Sharp wrote. “The person I ran home to tell about my day. She taught me how to listen, how to love and how to be a friend.”

Chubby was there for Sharp from ages 7 to 23, through graduation, college, romantic breakups and even the start of Sharp’s wedding photography business. In her post, she shared the photos from her recent session with Suzuran Photography, as well as photos of herself and Chubby growing up together. The post and photos have resonated with many people and were picked up by Mashable, The Huffington Post and several other media outlets.

Maria Sharp holds Chubby just as she did when she was a child and the dog was a puppy.
Maria Sharp holds Chubby just as she did when she was a child and the dog was a puppy.

"As a photographer myself, I know how important it is to capture time with loved ones and preserve memories," she told The Huffington Post. "This shouldn't just apply to humans, so I wanted to do something with Chubby."

Chubby died recently, after she became seriously ill.

“I couldn’t have picked a better dog to grow up with. She’s never let me down,” Sharp wrote. “I just wish she didn’t have to get old.”

We know Sharp isn’t alone in that sentiment. If you have a cherished memory of your own beloved pet, please share it with us in the comments below.

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