How much change can six short years make in the span of a lifetime?
Quite a lot, as it happens.
You might not see it coming, this change. Even so, it could be the change that changes everything.
For Tracey Buyce, her husband Pete and their dog Roxy, big change arrived in the guise of a little Corgi.
In September of 2008, a skinny Pembroke became the newest member of their family. At one year old, Cassidy had been rescued, found wandering the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas.
With her trust eroded by a history of abuse, it was a year and-a-half before this newcomer could open up, love and finally venture to trust her new family.
She was well worth the wait. Cassidy blossomed into the alpha Corgi she was born to be.
Cass became her family’s little general, boss lady, loyal best friend and sister to Roxy. Life was good.
Very, very good.
Cass the amazing Corgi brightened the Buyces’ lives for six unforgettable years.
She was fun, she was serious, and she was serious about her fun. A true Corgi.
Sadly, about a week ago, Cassidy left for the Bridge. Just shy of eight years, platelet diseases and heart failure claimed her life.
But they couldn’t steal her soul.
As with all dogs who have known the love that is their birthright, Cassidy will never forget her way home.
She is forever a member of the family who gave her a real dog’s life and showed her what love is.
Some things never change.
All photographs by Tracey Buyce, with the exception of the bottom two, by Daniel Cooper. Video from Nuvue Cinema.