Photographer Arranges Heartbreaking Photoshoot To Say Goodbye To Her Childhood Dog

A girl's best friend.

The saying goes that dog is man's best friend, but the world knows the same can be said for women.

If anyone demonstrates that bond, it's Cleveland photogapher Maria Sharp and her dog Chubby. She's had Chubby for almost two decades and when she noticed her health steadily declining, she wanted to make the remaining time she had with her special the way she knew best: photography. 

"Sixteen years. That's how long I've loved Chubby," she wrote on her blog, along with photos of the two over those years: 

She's seen me graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, and has met most of my friends. She could always detect a bad egg boyfriend. And if they didn't like her then clearly they were crazy (foolproof). She was there for me when I moved home and none of my friends were around. She saw me start my own business and fulfill my dream as becoming a wedding photographer.

As Chubby's condition worsened, Sharp knew she didn't have too much time left. The dog had gallstones, and wouldn't make it through surgery. The vet told Sharp that medicine wasn't even garuanteed to help. Chubby was in pain. So, she decided to let Chubby go on October 6 — but not before one last photo session. 

Sharp enlisted the help of photographer Suzanne Price, who also has an affinity for dogs and captured the two in their element. 

"I know the next few months will be tough but I'll have my sixteen years of memories and all of my pictures of my extremely well documented dog to remember her and how she helped me be the person I am today," Sharp wrote. "Chubby isn't just a dog. She's my longest and best friend."

R.I.P Chubby