A couple in Iowa came up with a creative way to show friends and family that they were doing “just fine” without a human child. Chelsea and Jared Price, married for five years, have been asked time and again when they were planning to have a baby.
For the time being, the couple is perfectly content with being parents to their four-legged child, “Riley,” who they adopted from the Humane Society of North Iowa five years ago.
In an effort to show everyone just how much Riley means to them, they decided to make their 11-year-old dog the centerpiece of an anniversary photo shoot. Chelsea Price explained how the idea came to fruition in an interview with ABC News,
“I was at a work-related event where I was asked if I had kid,” she recalled. ‘No, just a dog!’ I joked. But he’s basically our child. I felt a little shamed, and it wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced something like that. I talked about it with Jared, and we decided that to celebrate our anniversary, we would have this photo shoot done, and it could be our tongue-in-cheek response to everyone who asks about future babies.”
Photographer Katie Arickx of Osage, Iowa, was selected to carry out the couple’s vision. She told ABC News, “I always have encouraged families to include their fur babies in their sessions as they are part of the family too, but have never done or seen a session with this idea in mind to the extent of the dog being the focus! I hope to get more couples to follow this trend, as it was so much fun.”
The adorable photos have been well-received by friends and family. Chelsea said that (people), “have really responded to the photos. I have a pet-sitting business on the side, and Jared and I both volunteer in animal rescue, so we have a ton of dog-loving friends who thought the pictures were funny and adorable. Even though I suspect our parents would rather have a grandkid than a ‘granddog,’ they still thought the photos were cute.”
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(All photos courtesy of Arickx Photography)