The end is a concept most pet owners never want to consider.
We take dogs in, train them and love them. These furry companions become our best friends and fiercest allies. And then, be it five or 15 years later, they leave us.
Photographer Eva Hagel remembers feeling a painful void when her boxer, Cleo, finally passed away. At the time, no service existed to commemorate her pup's last moments.
So Hagel began Project Cleo, a donation-only Minnesota service that provides a physical remembrance of the love between owner and pooch.
She told the Huffington Post,
Hagel has photographed dogs for seven families.
In an interview with Wagazine this past fall, the artist's customers stressed the importance of capturing elderly dogs in a natural setting.
There's no stress or poses, just Hagel watching owners interact with their pets.
She works around age-related problems, snapping away until she's caught the perfect frame.
In their last moments, these dogs relaxed under the loving care of their owners.
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Citations: Photographer Takes Moving Pictures Of Families With Their Dying Pets (Huffington Post)