Tucker the senior dog’s artistic photographs are showing at an art gallery in Ohio

By Helin Jung
Updated March 12, 2010 08:55 PM

To Kara Vlach-Lasher, her senior dog Tucker’s pee didn’t look like spilt milk, or even a puddle of neon yellow hitting the concrete. It looked like art. Not quite Jackson Pollack, but it was definitely something special.

Tucker, a shepherd mix that was found wandering around rural Ohio, suffers from degenerative myelopathy, a neurological condition that affects his spinal cord. He can’t lift his leg to pee. When he does have to go, he wobbles down the sidewalk and leaves an abstract trail behind.

One day, Vlach-Lasher pulled out her iPhone and started to take pictures of Tucker’s streams, and eventually ended up with a collection of snapshots that she called Pee-ces of Art.

“I’m a CPA by trade, but creativity in that area is almost illegal,” Vlach-Lasher tells PEOPLEPets.com. “Photography is my hobby and outlet.”

Tucker’s pee-ces are framed in interesting ways, or juxtaposed with nature, against fallen leaves or with the sun setting in the background. And since he gets four to five short walks a day, there are plenty of opportunities for the “collaborative” duo to capture more beauty.

“I think he knows now,” Vlach-Lasher says. “He’s getting a little anxious sometimes now, like, ‘Hurry up, Mom!’ “

17 of Vlach-Lasher and Tucker’s pee-ces are showing at the bela dubby gallery in Ohio, “hung, framed professionally in glass – the whole nine yards.”

She and her husband will donate the proceeds to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in Cleveland and the Cleveland Animal Protective League.