Re: hum...now sad...
Kitty, that is a sweet idea. I've thrown away gallons of shed fur over the
years, and never thought of keeping a bit of it that way.
Sometimes it helps to know that other people grieve as we do, especially
when it's not obvious on the surface. In a lifetime of dog ownership, I don't
doubt that our homebred Penny was our family's all time favorite dog. She died
in January, 2002, so I was surprised one day a few months ago, to find, out
of the blue, this tribute to her written by my 26 yo son, as his "Away
Message" on my AOL Buddy List:
"I remember the day I met our first golden retriever, Rumpel. I was 5 years
old, but I remember it clearly. He used to sit in his puppy crate under the
desk, and I sat next to him, talked to him, let him lick my fingers through
the bars. Rumpel had a wonderful personality. I was very fond of him, but when
he died I did not cry.
Akita, Tilly, had a huge heart and a loving soul, but when she died I did
To this day I still can't look at a picture of Penny without a tear forming.
She knew me. She understood me. She loved me so much. She made my life
better every single day she was alive. She was more than just a dog. When I talked
to her, she talked back. She purred like a cat and loved like a person. I
cried for Penny. RIP"
I have a tiny, cute daylily in my planted in my garden, called
"Pennysworth". And I just got a brand new Hydrangea, named "Penny Mac". Rumpel, who was
Penny's father, somehow got nicknamed "Doodlebug", and I actually have a
daylily by that name as well! Maybe it's a silly reason to buy a plant, but, well,
I'm just silly! My best friend, a veterinarian and gardener, does the same
thing, so that makes 2 silly people! Usually it's not too hard to find some
plant with a particular name, especially with the thousands of named varieties
of such plants as Irises and Daylilies, but I'm not sure about finding
something named "Nuts"! That's our 16 yo cat, and as for the name, he came with my
DH, so he's responsible for that!
I think now is a good time to go outside and plant "Penny Mac".
Hudson Valley, NY zone 5/6
In a message dated 6/27/2005 12:02:31 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Maddy, I felt the tears too while typing. I still have Spot's fur filed
under Nepeta in Hortus Third.
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Subject: Re: [CHAT] hum...now sad...
> Cathy, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Jason. How awful it must
> been for him with all that suffering, and for you, watching him go
> Most of us have been through the loss of beloved pets, and there seems to
> so little, if anything, to ease our pain. Society in general doesn't
> take our emotional attachments to pets that seriously, and while we
> such awful grief, we have a buried, nagging feeling that we shouldn't
> way. Afterall, it's just a cat! (dog, bird, fish, etc.)
> Some people find a bit of solace in burying their pets, either in their
> yards, or at a pet cemetery. I have always had mine cremated, then I
> whatever plants I can find that have names the same or similar to theirs.
> I lost my dearly beloved Akita, Tilly, I planted a dwarf Japanese Maple in
> her honor, and when I moved, I was able to dig it up and take it with me.
> I better stop now- I can't type through tears. Take time to grieve,
> and do whatever eases your pain.
> Maddy Mason
> Hudson Valley, NY zone 5/6
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