Life in a small town is wonderful. But, sometimes it can be a little wearying when everyone knows your business almost as quickly as you do.
Before you get out of high school, everyone wants to know where you’re going to college. Then what are you going to do when you graduate?
If you go out with someone over a couple of times, inquiring minds want to know if you’ve set a date yet. And, once you do get married, you can’t go anywhere without someone asking if you’re expecting your first baby yet.
For one Iowa couple nearing the fifth anniversary of their wedding, that question was getting a little old. Everywhere they turned, someone was asking “When are you going to start your family?”
They had tried explaining that their family was exactly what they wanted at the moment. They had not only “started” their family but they were enjoying every day together.
Just the two of them and their little dog Riley. Riley had been surrendered to the Humane Society of North Iowa when he was 6 years old. His elderly owner passed away and he had no other family.
Chelsea Price was working at the shelter at that time, and was one of the first people to meet Riley when he arrived.
“He seemed quiet and laid-back while he was in his kennel, but not shy or overly timid,” Price told The Dodo. Riley was there less than a week before Price and her new husband decided they wanted him to round out their family.
Riley is 11 now, and he and his parents continue to enjoy every day together. They think they are just about the perfect little family.
But, still, at every family reunion or every community gathering, the question comes up again. “When are you going to start your family?”
Then, one day, an acquaintance told Price that she would “never know love” until she had had a baby. That both angered and shamed Price. Despite her argument that she knew very well was “love was”…that she lived it every day, her words fell on deaf ears.
Since words weren’t getting the point across, the Prices decided to take another tack.
A lot of their friends had been having family pictures made with their newborn babies and toddlers. The Prices had said before that if they adopted another dog they would do that with the dog.
Suddenly, they decided that maybe the time was now. Just the three of them. Their perfect little family.
They both love kids and may want kids in the future, but for now, they decided firmly that their family is indeed just perfect. As is.
Riley supports that decision. He’s not a big fan of kids, personally.
“He loves people, except kids,” Price said. “I don’t think he understands what kids even are.”
So, for their five-year anniversary, they scheduled their photo shoot. Centered around their little family and the love they had for each other.
They chose a fantastic photographer who had worked previously with the Humane Society of North Iowa. They grabbed some props and 11-year-old Riley, and proceeded to do the cutest photo shoot ever.
The results were priceless. Little Riley stole the show. “ — all she had to say was ‘Treat?’ and he would look right at the camera.”
They had a lot of fun with the photographer. “We basically tried to think of every shot that is typically done at every newborn shoot and then recreate it with our dog,” Price said.
They did a few traditional family pictures:
The traditional “baby in a carriage” shot:
And the obligatory “Daddy tossing the baby in the air” photo:
Each photo cuter than the one before. Especially the baby in a blankie.
When they presented the photos from the shoot to their parents, they were a big hit. Everyone thought the idea was adorable.
They made it plain that they still want grandchildren. But, certainly, no one could look at these photos and believe they could tell Chelsea Price that she doesn’t know exactly what love is.
Source: The Dodo