Part-time photographer Julia Earhart has warmed hearts with her selfless business decision.
After a friend asked the Detroit, Michigan resident to take pictures of her and her dog, who had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer, she had an idea of how she could help other pet owners who have to say goodbye to a loved one.
After this, Earhart decided to offer these end-of-life photo sessions for free due to the difficulty pet owners go through losing a friend and high medical costs.
According to Detroit News, Earhart has been an animal lover all her life and currently has two dogs herself, a 2-year-old golden retriever and another one aged 1.
Speaking to Fox 2 News, she said: “It is kind of cool to put my passion for animals, dogs and photography all into one.”
While discussing her friend’s request, she also said: “She was like ‘hey Julia, can you photograph pictures of me and Cudi while he is still in good spirits.’
“This is because she doesn’t expect to have too much time with him so I said of course.” When the friend received the photos, Earhart added that dog owner starting” sobbing right away.
“After that session, it made me realize just how important your bond with your animal, who is sometimes your best friend, can be.
“Photos aren’t something a lot of pet owners might think about doing, but I know how much I love my dogs, and I know how much that would mean to me.”
Earhart also highlighted why she feels giving the service away for free was the thing to do after having her own dog cancer scare.
She said: “I understand that treatments can be expensive, medicine can be expensive for helping dogs with the end of life if they are ill.
“So I was like why don’t I offer this for free to help people be able to have these memories forever.
“I would rather them give the money towards their dogs, favorite toy, favorite treats, spend it and spoil them while you can.
“I know it is going to be emotionally challenging but knowing that at the end of the day it is going to make a pet owner happy, I’m more than excited, I kind of take it on.”
Earhart’s website reaffirms her love of photography and dedication to capturing the perfect moment with pet owners.
Her end-of-life pet sessions page reads: “To us animal lovers, our pets are like our family. They provide us with everlasting love, trust and affection.
“It can be hard to let our beloved fur friends go. Whether it be due to old age or illness, pet owners may not think to capture the last memories they have with their pet.
“That is when i come in, I will capture precious moments between you and your animal that will last a lifetime.
“This service is provided at no cost at this time, and is booked around my current availability.”
Newsweek has reached out to Earhart for comment.
Examples of Earhart’s work can be seen on her Instagram page, photographybyjuliamarie and website www.photosbyjuliamarie.com.
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