Marvi Lacar, her husband Ben Lowy and their children Mateo and Kaleb, recently said goodbye to their beloved pup, Wheat.
They had been told by a vet that he was too sick to survive much longer, after an intestinal disease and the subsequent complications had left the 11-year-old dog in a horrendous amount of pain.
Wanting to remember Wheat for the strong, fun-loving, doting dog he was, Marvi, a professional photographer, decided to document his last moments.
The most heartbreaking photo, however, documented Wheat’s last moment.
The family had taken Wheat to his final veterinarian appointment in October, knowing full-well that this may be the time they were forced to say their final goodbyes.
Sadly, they were right.
7-year-old Mateo’s final goodbye was the most emotional. Pressing his head against Wheat’s, Marvi captured their final moment together. The pain in Mateo’s body language is unmissable.
As a documentary photographer, Marvi has been recording her life for years. She was inspired to take the photo of her son with Wheat because she felt it was a truly important life experience.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘For me the question has always been when to experience life without the camera and when to record a moment that is so emotionally indelible that it needs to be memorialized on film (or I guess in this case, a digital recording).
‘When Wheat died I felt that I wanted to give credence to how profound this stage was going to be in my children’s lives by recording it. I want them to be able to grieve or even celebrate Wheat’s life, pull out the photo and talk about their feelings.’
She added: ‘I suppose I knew that one day, Mateo would want to talk about that moment with Wheat and I wanted him to have something tangible to refer to.’