mother moth·er ˈməT͟Hər/ verb
1. bring up with care and affection.
2. give birth to.
Mother is a fascinating word. It was not one that was difficult to photograph but the idea of it made for deep contemplation. Cardigan welsh corgi Brychwyn is an excellent example of all that "mother" can do. I often tell Brychwyn how lucky he is to have so many mothers. He has Gabbi, the beautiful blue merle corgi who gave birth to him. Gabbi lives with Carolyn who was present when Brychwyn was born and gave him the best life a corgi puppy could have until he was ready to come and live with Leo, Wilhelm, Amelia, Gryphon, Jason and I. By definition, Carolyn is definitely a mother to Brychwyn. Then there is me. Brychwyn is an adult dog now. He has found his place in our family and is (almost always) confidently winding his way through the world. I am honored to be a part of the care and affection it took to make him the amazing corgi that he is today. Yet as I reflect on the definition of "mother" I wonder, who has mothered who? Furthermore, I see that Brychwyn has had even more mothers than the three obvious ones previously mentioned. What about our obedience instructor? Or our agility, Treibball, rally and freestyle instructors? Brychwyn's SAMP has certainly been a huge part of his up bringing. So has his veterinarian. And those are just the females who have shown him incredible care and affection. Wow. Brychwyn is one very, very lucky dog. I think he has a proud mother or two to show for it as well.