The series of these heart-breaking photos is named ‘Last Moments’ that will certainly reduce to tears any pet owner let alone dogs. The series meticulously measure the degree of deep grief and intimacy bond between the humans and animals. More importantly when the pet is nearing death and after he is gone.
With the co-operation of dog owners of Tampa Bay, Florida, between 2017-18 who were condoled by the ‘Lap of Love’ veterinarians these photographs were made during at-home euthanasia service that is legit for passing in peace at home.
The great inspiring anecdote for passionate photographer Ross Taylor came from sharing the grief of a close friend who struggled with deteriorating health of her pet and used the decision of euthanasia.
Taylor is a Denver-based freelance photographer and filmmaker and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for this collection of moving images.
He is basically based in Denver and is a freelance photographer and filmmaker and he was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for this collection of moving images.
Check Out These hearthbreaking photos of dog owners in pain as their pets pass away after being euthanized.
Olesya Lykovi is crying out in anguish, moments after the death of her beloved dog, Sam. Just a while before, she looked at Dr Dani McVety (right) and asked: ‘Is he gone?’, Dani nodded and said: ‘He has his wings now’
‘I tried to do more, I tried to do all I can. But they said there’s nothing more I can do’, Kiara Manrique said while weeping at the irreparable loss of her beloved dog. Her sister, Kimberly (left), and veterinarian Nil Wilkins (out of picture) who later reached out to comfort her as her two other dogs look on.
Marquita Leibe was shivering paced back and forth moments before bending down to be near her dog, Daisy, minutes before she is put to rest. Shortly after her husband Donald (right) went outside for a while to compose himself, overwhelmed with immense grief.
As the sun is setting during a casual late summer evening, Kai, (right) sensed something is terribly wrong with fellow dog, Asia, who dutifully follows behind Rob Peterson and Dr Dani McVety. Soon, with the help of Carrie, Rob’s sister, Asia will be buried on the farm.
The grave of beloved dog Asia was filled with sunflowers on the farm. ‘The smell of freshly turned earth is what I remember and how peaceful Asia looked within it’, photographer Ross Taylor said.
Leigh Zahn sits alone on her bed in the picture above as she fights back tears and lays with her dog, Spencer, in her lap one very last time. This moving image was taken moments after her beloved dog Spencer passed away.
‘Coco was there for me when he was on deployment’, said Rebecca Cassity, as she fights back tears. Her husband, Drew, was in the military. Dr McVety is seen reassuring her with a comforting hug and consoling words: ‘This is better treatment than any one of us would get’
Dog Heidi looked up at Bob Lutz few moments right before she was supposed to be euthanized due to recent severe illness. Bob’s wife, Cindy, is seen here (right) watched by their other dog, Winnie, through the glass of the white door behind them
Darcy Jones (left) speaks with Dr Loren Gassler about her dog, Alli, 15, who was facing some serious balancing issues and was struggling with a diagnosis of cancer. Dr Gassler performed a hospice visit for Jones, to give some suggestions on how they can have the best remaining time they would have together. ‘Dr Gassler with so many other just like her, are incredible at what they do and help the painful transition daily, without any perceived attention to themselves. They have my respect’, said photographer Ross Taylor
Vanessa Gangadyal consoles her son, eight-year-old Ian, while her husband, Michael Gangadyal, pets their dog, Ally, shortly after its passing. Founded by Dani McVety, the organization, Lap of Love, has been working with Caring Pathways to provide a peaceful passing ‘at home’ euthanasia service
Wendy Lehr cuddled beside her dog, Mimosa, moments after the dog breathed her last, surrounded by family members. Taylor has also expressesed utmost gratitude for those working at Lap of Love and Caring Pathways, adding: ‘It couldn’t be done without their willingness to participate and belief in the project… They have my respect’