20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
The Hardest Day

Sarah Bird-Gomez, left, holds her wife, Karol Bird-Gomez, shortly after their dog, Drake, was euthanized. As their dog passed, Karol whispered, “Oh Drake, where are you going? You’re so loved, Drake, you’re so loved.” Drake was 12 years old and suffered from myriad health issues. “No more pain, no more pain,” Karol softly said to Drake. This photograph was made on September 1, 2022.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © David (Ross) Taylor