Schlomo and Lulu


In July 2012, we found out both our dogs were ill. Lulu at 10 was diagnosed with lymphoma that spread to her liver, spleen, and lymphnodes. Schlomo at 18 has cardiac failure — his little heart is dilated to the size of a grapefruit. It was very clear that they wouldn’t be with much longer.

With their diagnoses I began maximizing our outdoor time and photographing all our activities. These photographs document an incredibly meaningful time for me and, I suppose, them. However, on Labor Day weekend I took a photo of Lulu and was taken aback. She looked so different from the dog I had taken a photograph of two months earlier on Memorial Day. I realized that these photos, while meaningful to me, were also only capturing the essence of cancer and the process of her dying. They weren’t capturing her essence.

This brought me to the question – how can I capture their essence before they depart? And so I began this process which would actively involve their participation. We made ink paw prints and clay paw prints, began doing 3D scans and prints and collecting samples for canine genotyping.

This site is a repository of both the process and the objects.