I knew of Kym through an online equestrian forum and Facebook and as a self-confessed coloured pony fanatic, I’d always thought Harley was very sweet. So I was gutted for Kym when she got in touch to tell me that she wanted to book a Remember Me shoot.
Thirty year-old Harley was diagnosed with carcinoma of the eye, which has become progressively worse rather quickly. In fact, my shoot with Kym was booked in for towards the end of June, but last week Kym got back in touch and asked if we could move it forward.
Sadly, Harley is already only partially sighted in his left eye, so when Kym received the carcinoma diagnosis, she decided that operating and the probability that he would lose his sight in his left eye, too, wasn’t an option.
As Harley is an OAP he has various other ailments and is on painkillers and a strict diet, so Kym is facing the heartbreaking decision of having to let him go within the next few weeks.
Harley is a nervous boy, with a questionable history and a fear of men. When I arrived, he was wary and he took a little while before he settled and was happy enough for me to make a fuss of him. The ginger biscuit definitely helped my case. Kym thinks this has to do with his poor eyesight. But over the eighteen years they have been together, Kym has learnt to love and adore Harley’s quirks.
We had a lovely, calm, sunny shoot on Monday and it was a lovely idea of Kym’s to include her parents, too, as Harley really is part of the family.
Kym, I will have you and Harley in my thoughts over the next few days and keeping an eye on your Facebook. I pray that he continues to have a happy, comfortable summer.
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