Friday, March 12, 2010

one of Emma's pads

a pup's pad is soft and black, but more than a decade of walking roughens the surface: a sign of age and use. Emma ran and walked great distances for such a small dog and during the years her feet served her well. only when she was approaching the end did her pads begin to lose their functionality. she began to feel the cold and the sharpness of frost and snow. but no less beautiful is this foot; a lifetime is recorded in the fissures and callouses and in her nails too. photographed on the day of Emma's death, 9 March, 2010

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