When our hearts break, we sometimes think that it is the end of the world; that everything we ever cared about is gone, and there is no point in finding joy in life anymore. Well, at that point in time, that might be true for us. However, the universe always finds a way to right the things that went wrong.
For Kaylee Garrick, she thought that her love for photography was over when her childhood dog, Flint, passed away due to bone cancer. Photography is her passion, and she took a lot of photos of Flint. She would even spend her free time to print the photos herself. But when Flint died, everything changed.
Kaylee hung up her camera and never dared to pick it up again. Somehow, her passion died along with her beloved best friend. Fast forward to today, Kaylee is now 29-years-old, and she is an ambulance technician or EMT. The thought of taking up photography again never crossed her mind until her friend encouraged her.
She was invited to take photos of a litter of Shetland puppies, and Kaylee, being a good friend, decided to humor her. She took some photos of the pups, and one of the puppies kept on staring at her, and that special moment touched her heart. Her passion for animal photography was revived!
Kaylee continued taking photos of these pups and decided to put it to good use. She started making calendars out of the images, and the proceeds were used for charity. She donated to the Bravehound Organization and The Ambulance Staff Charity. Their goal was to provide training for service dogs that will be donated to veterans who can’t afford them.
Kaylee also found a way to use the photos when she’s on duty. She would show the pictures to the patient at the back of the ambulance, and seeing the cute pups would help calm them down, and their blood pressure would stabilize. It’s amazing how that magical moment with Kaylee and the dog became the catalyst to changing lives.
Credits: Kaylee Marie Garrick