Garden nook as pet memorial

motria(z6 Chicago)September 15, 2006

Our beloved black lab mix, Ignatius, passed away last winter at the ripe old age of 16. We've honored her memory with a white mini-garden in her favorite corner of the yard. We put her ashes under a fruiting cherry tree, which is surrounded by white coneflower, balloon flower, butterfly weed, wild quinine, obedient plant, and lamb's ear. There's also a statue in there which I salvaged from the trash.. kindof how DH rescued Iggy from the pound so many years ago.

Here's Iggy at an old age.. not enjoying the snow too much:

This is her final resting spot:

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javan(9b n. coastalCA)

What a nice memorial space. Thanks for sharing it with us. Jim

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 12:41AM
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plantsforever(zone 6)

Lovely rememberance space...thanks for the pics.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 7:16AM
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kal2769(Zone 8)

Iggi's resting place looks better then my living space. I love the look on her face in the snow.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 9:20PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

Wonderful synopsis. With that introductory snapshot of her, I love your pet and feel happy for the beautiful place she is now in.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 7:01PM
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motria(z6 Chicago)

Thank you for the kind words.

Last month DH found us a new puppy, a black-and-white spotted Australian shepherd. After we had her for a couple weeks it crossed my mind that maybe there was something cosmic going on - the memory of a black dog combined with a white garden inspired the universe to send us a black-and-white little pooch.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 7:10PM
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sissyz(Z5 NorthIL)

Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos!
How's the new pup??

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 10:31AM
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motria(z6 Chicago)

The new pup, Beulah, is doing great! She needs a lot of exercise, so I spend many hours walking her around the neighborhood and enjoying *other* people's gardens (while totally neglecting mine). I stole some nice hollyhock seeds recently and today I spotted several bags of shredded leaves (score!) in the alley.

Here's a picture of Beulah in a rare moment when she wasn't chomping or digging anything in the yard.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2006 at 7:55PM
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sissyz(Z5 NorthIL)

Here's mine!
Funny, they both have that "quit fooling around and let's play" look!!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 11:07PM
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Beautiful dogs, all three. I think that Iggy was absolutely a sweet and loving looking dog. I think that is such a beautiful thing you've done to honor her. Godspeed

    Bookmark   June 25, 2007 at 4:19PM
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