The Adventures of Layla & Gilbert. Sounds good, right? These two should have their own children’s book series. Not only does The Adventures of Layla & Gilbert have a great ring to it, but these two have such huge characters. I’m totally in love with Sophia’s adorable little duo.
Layla, a rescued Saluki, who Sophie found cowering in the middle of the road on a dark, rainy night, is, as you’d expect her to be, a leggy, beautiful, slightly dim, shy blonde, with her pretty tassel accessories. However, whilst she began our walk embracing her elegant appearance and playing on her stereotype, it wasn’t long before the pull of smelly pond water and muddy puddles lured her in and by the end of our shoot, three-year-old Layla was unashamedly letting her inner hooligan hang out, for the world to see.
Gilbert, a feisty ten-year-old Miniature Pinscher x Jack Russell, has ‘little man syndrome’, in Sophia’s own words. He’s short, stocky and very much in charge. He leads and Layla follows. He’s bold and boisterous and bossy. Whilst Layla is cowering behind Sophia’s legs, trying to decide whether or not she wants to make friends with the strange photographer lady, Gilbert is bowling on in there, climbing on my lap, offering sloppy kisses.
They ran off ahead of us as we took a leisurely Sunday morning stroll down Davey Down, in North Stifford, and they just looked like such comical partners in crime.
However, this shoot does have a bit of a sadder story behind it. Sophia originally booked a shoot for her and her 34-year-old mare, Ginnie, who she’d owned for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks after Sophia had booked, Ginnie very sadly passed away unexpectedly. Obviously, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to refunding Sophia and cancelling the shoot, but she decided that she wanted to use the booking to capture the other four-legged loves of her lives, instead. And that was how we came to find ourselves strolling round the park, following a little brown wiggly bum and a long, slinky blonde tail, on Sunday morning.
Sophia, I’m so sorry that we were just a little too late, that I never got to meet your beautiful Ginnie and create tangible memories for you to hold on to, but I’m sure you have plenty stored in your heart. And here are some of your other babies. I hope I’ve managed to do their huge characters justice.
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