A to Z: ‘P’ is for PETS

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘P’ is for PETS

REMEMBERING PETS

plant10Your memory garden is your unique creation. You can use it to commemorate one loved one, or many loved ones. The ones we want to remember are not always human. Furry, winged and sometimes scaled creatures enter our lives and we love them too. You can honor your pet’s memories by including them in your memory garden. One pet or many. Only pets. Only humans. Or, a mix of both. Your garden remembrance is what you want and what you make it.

Just as there are stepping stones with tribute quotes on them for the people in our lives, there are also some for pets. They may say, for instance, “In memory of a faithful friend and companion” or “Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts.”

Statuary can be placed amidst the plantings. Dogs, cats, birds, and turtles are very common. Other animal figurines exist. I have a concrete turtle marking where Bessie, my box turtle is buried. All right, Bessie is a box turtle and the figurine is a tortoise. But when I walk in the gate to my garden area, and I see my turtle guardian greeting me, I think of Bessie – and the other turtles that have been part of my life.

If you’ve had only one, or a few, special pets that you’re observing, you can have an entire plant for each pet, along with a name plaque or statuary piece in their honor. At our home, there are many pets that have died, so we have an area with simple bricks, laid out in a decorative manner, with names painted on each one.

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