𝗜𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗷𝗮𝘅
You are all probably very familiar with this gorgeous face. He graces the home page of my website, he won me my first Silver Award in photography, but most importantly, he is the reason Ellie and Pep from Penny Marathon are my friends.
He is the reason we met early one chilly morning in Sydney Park. I was fascinated by this incredible looking dog, and as I knelt down to meet him, I looked up to his people. It was at that moment I met the incredible Eleftheria and Pep, the sisters who founded Penny Marathon and who live their lives selflessly for the betterment of all animals, but especially dogs and cats. Not just here in Sydney, but in Greece where their heritage began.
If you are new to my work, here's a little background on Ajax... Just after Ellie and Pep had finished a training session for the Greek marathon, the year they founded the Penny Marathon, they were on their way home when they discovered Ajax when he was walking deliriously in the middle of a busy road in Sydney.
It was clearly evident that he had escaped a very abusive situation. He was in terrible shape and was bleeding from the head, as someone had cut holes in his ears. He was also emaciated and riddled with fleas. He had acute anxiety for several years but went on to live a happy life with his family. According to Ellie, If there were a contest for the world’s best kisser, he could win every time.
Ajax transformed into a happy and well-adjusted dog, with a wicked sense of humour. He was a trilingual (dog, English and Greek) and adored his European sister Artemis and his younger brother Gus.
Sadly, and extremely suddenly, Ajax crossed the bridge on Thursday night in Ellie's arms after an aggressive cancer diagnosis. This insidious disease didn't rear its ugly head to warn of any signs until Thursday morning when he was chasing a magpie and fainted. I'd been through a very similar situation back in 1997 with my dog Bourbon, and when Ellie rang me on Thursday, it took me straight back to that horrible day.
Never take for granted what you have in life, as it could be gone in the blink of an eye. Cherish every moment with unconditional love f - 6 days ago