For my photo essay, I chose to capture the subject of human interaction with dogs. Between humans and their pet dogs, a powerful bond is formed that is unbreakable. The dogs become members of their family. As my family recently got a new puppy over the summer, it has been interesting. Dealing with peeing in the house, jumping on the table, stealing our food, and chewing up our things, it has been stressful. However, the lovable moments shared between our puppy outweighs the difficulties. This topic felt personal to me as I could now not imagine life without my dog. A different type of bond is created between one another that can’t be created between a human and their dog. I documented this special bond between my family members and my puppy, Connie.
I first captured the relationship between Connie and my Dad, John Hamilton. Since my dad and I are both allergic to dogs, he was not initially on board with welcoming a furry member into our family. However, he is closer with her now than anyone. When my dad is home from work, the two are inseparable. They eat dinner together, watch T.V together, and play fetch. He will do anything to pet Connie even if it means bending down under the kitchen table. No matter what he says, he loves that dog. Next, I revealed the relationship between Connie and my twin brother, Willy Hamilton. Willy is very much into working out and acting all tough. However, he has a soft spot for Connie. Willy is very protective of Connie; he won’t let her put her head out of the window on car rides and was very hesitant to let her go on the boat with us at the lake house. Since he is so protective, he loves to hold Connie like a baby. He treats her as if she was actually his baby girl. He wants her to feel safe and comfortable with him. Connie sometimes gets so comfortable she falls asleep on the back of Willy’s shoulder. My mother, Renee Hamilton, has been working from home during COVID-19. Some days this means more time with the dog, but sometimes less depending on her schedule with work calls because she can’t have barking in the background. When my mom can take a break, the first thing she does is see Connie. She loves to snuggle up with her and get some love as she has had a stressful day. That’s another great perk of having a dog, they are a great distraction from stress in of life. Similarly, my oldest brother Johnny is at college at the University of Madison Wisconsin. Because he is away, he doesn’t see Connie much. We FaceTime Johnny as much as we can and Connie gets really excited to see Johnny through the screen and to hear his voice. Of course, Connie and I have a strong relationship. Connie and I always take naps together and cuddle when watching T.V. Just her fuzziness laid against me and how I could feel her breathing is such an amazing feeling. Lastly, I concluded with a specific aspect of Connie and my dad’s relationship. As my dad does not admit his affection to Connie much, he still expresses his love. He casually sneaks pets for Connie when he thinks no one is looking. Even though he won’t admit it, he has his own way of showing his care for her.
Through the different relationships between my family members and Connie, it becomes clear that each relationship is important and serves a purpose. Dogs love all the affection and pets they could get and with a big or small family, they are overly happy. From my photo essay, I hope you are inspired to possibly add a dog to your family as a bond so powerful and unique is created.