"I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you." - Frida Kahlo
This is my best friend...my whole world rolled into four giant paws and a wildly wagging tail...and I can't imagine life without him.
I’m Jessica Wasik, the snap-happy and somewhat (OK, completely) obsessed dog mama to my husband and mine’s fur kid Hunter, a Siberian retriever and my Frisbee-catching, bed-hogging best friend (and the Head of Shed around here).
Since the day I first held this big-headed, floppy-eared boy at just 11-weeks-old, Hunter has been the best part of my life. I remember asking my husband with an I-can't-believe-this joy if he was ours to keep forever.
And so began our forever. Days of exuberant curiosity toward all things new and unusual morphed into months of puppy-tooth shark bites and later years filled with chin scratches, adventures, snugs, and laughter. My world has been a better place because of Hunter.
When Hunter turned 10-years-old, it hit me hard. Despite his puppy-like playfulness and good health, celebrating those double digits came with the reality that, as pet parents, we are not privileged to forever. Hunter is my heart dog and the inspiration behind why I pick up my camera to capture the joy and love between Pittsburgh pets and their people.
What Else You Should Know About Me
I'm a southern-born and Pittsburgh-bred black and gold girl at heart who believes there's nothing in life that a slobbery kiss can't fix, that our perfect companions are those whose heartbeats thump at our feet, and that no outfit is complete without a little dog hair.
I love sunflowers, gluten free macarons, the color pink, and eye-roll-worthy puns/bad jokes (seriously, the cornier the better), and I make no apologies for the amount of dog hair I may be covered in.
You may also be surprised to know that I'm a multiple U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist, Canadian ice dance medalist, a 2008 Eastern Sectional Synchronized Team Skating Championship Open Collegiate silver medalist, professional figure skating coach, and American Ice Theater certified choreographer who's been skating since eight-years-old. (Yep, that's me competing at the 2007 Eastern Synchronized Team Skating Championships.)
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