Before we had a baby — and now — our two knucklehead rescue beagles were and are super important family members (as are our jerkface cats). And our lives would be so much less wonderful without them. We even had an Etsy print made for our son's nursery that said, "First we had each other, then we had the furbabies, then we had you, and now we have everything." If your dogs are the loves of your lives, it's understandable that you'd want to include them in a special life event. That's why maternity shoot ideas with dogs make so much sense.
I am so thankful my son will get to grow up with animals like I did. I feel like it will help teach him compassion for others and responsibility from a young age. Plus it will be a lot of fun for him... and let's be honest, the beagles, too, with all that dropped food when he's a toddler. I wanted to include our beagles in my maternity photo shoot oh so badly, but alas, they are ding dongs and incapable of standing still long enough for a picture. The moment another dog walked by, the scene would turn to chaos. But that's OK. That's why we got beagles instead of retrievers; they have strong personalities, stubbornness and all. We like a challenge, what can I say? So I guess I'll have to look longingly at these beautiful maternity photos with other people's dogs (who are apparently not ding dongs).