When Minnesota photographer Eva Hagel lost her beloved Boxer, Cleo, three years ago, she was heart-broken. Cleo’s cancer had been undiagnosed, so Hagel didn’t have a chance to cherish those final days with her best friend. Even worse, there are no pictures of the two together. To make sure that other dog owners don’t suffer a similar fate, she launched Project Cleo:
The goal of “Project Cleo” is to provide Bliss sessions to families living in Southeastern Minnesota. Bliss sessions are about celebration, not grieving. Celebrating the life of your pet, doing the fun things you both love to do, capturing those moments forever on film and video.
What a beautiful way to memorialize her own dog, while at the same time helping other dog owners make their transition a little easier. Even more amazing, Hagel does this on a donations-only basis. As she says, “When you are getting ready to say goodbye to your beloved companion, the last thing you want to think about is money.”