Memorial for Gertie

My wife and I adopted our cat Gertie almost five years ago, but this week we lost her to illness.  As a memorial to her this blog reviews the holiday cards we made each year featuring her.

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Our 2013 holiday card was made before I became a professional pet photographer. We got married that year and I think the fact that the photo of Gertie is larger than the photo from our wedding says something about how excited we were to add her to our family.

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During my first year doing pet photography I bought this fun “Santa’s Little Helper” template where you can put a Santa hat on your pet in Photoshop (thereby avoiding the humiliation of having them pose with an actual hat). The inside of the card has a photo of us on our “rummymoon”, a honeymoon focused on rum.

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This New Year’s card implies that Gertie likes to loosen her tie and drink Hello Kitty champagne during the holidays. The inside of the card says “Cheers!”

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Gertie’s coat coloring is called “lilac point.” We bought this purple blanket for our bed to complement her coloring and yes, that is a totally normal thing to do. The inside of the card says “Happy New Year!”

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This X-mas card for 2017 features the last professional photo I took of Gertie last December before she got sick. It was sunset and golden light was streaming into our living room.

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Bonus card! In 2016 I also made a Hanukkah card featuring Gertie. She’s slouching in that way cats do when they’ve just finished grooming. And that’s a real lit menorah in the background!

So that’s six holiday cards for five years of having the best, most well-behaved, sweet-natured cat in the world. Although I miss her something fierce I get a lot of comfort from looking at our past cards and remembering her when she was healthy.

Most of these photos I probably wouldn’t have taken if it weren’t for the holiday card deadline looming over me. So don’t wait to get good photos of your pet. I know it’s only April but it’s never too early to start planning your holiday cards. If holiday cards are not a tradition for you, then choose an anniversary like your pet’s birthday or their Gotcha Day/Adoptiversary as a reminder to get photos taken. Especially now that she’s gone I’m so happy I have an annual series of photos of my cat. To get started email me at to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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