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Three weeks ago I lost three friends. Dahlia, Chocko and Belle left this world peacefully and with their own special grace. I was blessed to have a veterinarian who is a kind enough friend to come to the house. They passed together, in their home with Alice and I to hold and comfort them.

I was struck that evening when I fed Alice her dinner. The empty bowl my daughter had made for Dahlia stood silently in its usual spot in the kitchen – empty. I vowed to honor them all with a bulb in their honor as we healed.

Today, their silent paws echo through the house, I turn to call one or the other, then I see them blooming…

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12 comments on “Three

  1. Doppleganger says:

    Lovely. Empty bowls are the hardest… I love the way you filled it with light and beauty. What a fabulous idea…

    1. Thank you Doppleganger. There is still a big hole in the house but the blooms remind us that life goes on…

  2. For what it’s worth, I’m sorry for your loss. The honorable bulbs are a great idea. My family and I recently lost one of our guinea pigs. We had a funeral, and afterwards, we planted a nana nandina on top of her grave. A tough, long-lasting plant. It was such a blessing to have our guinea pig in our lives, but the loss is still raw. Our other two guinea pigs have stopped calling out for her. I think they’ve accepted it, too. We miss her, but she isn’t coming back. Still, like you said, there can be beauty and growth from here.

    1. Hi Izzy, thanks for dropping by with a comment. I appreciate your kind words. So sorry to hear of your loss, as well. Part of life and pet ownership but not easy…

  3. I never know what to do with their leashes, blankets, and bowls. Somehow the first two manage to find their way to a rescue group or shelter – saying it will comfort another and they would like that, but the bowls remain. I really like the idea of the bulbs. What a nice tribute and comfort.

    1. The most fought over dog bed went with them so they could all “share” for once. Leashes and collars remain but I loved the idea of repurposing the dog dish as a small tribute. Thanks for wagging by with a comment!

  4. julieallyn says:

    This made me smile. While the rest of the world trudges onward, I’d forgotten you must still feel the loss of your friends. Hope this brought you some comfort!

    1. Thank you Julie. Alice started doggie day care today. I feel like a first grade mom again. They called to say she has fit in just fine and is enjoying herself…we slowly move forward!

  5. Marie Keates says:

    What a lovely tribute. We have an Apple tree in our garden that was planted when Commando’s Mum passed away. Growing something as a reminder is a lovely thing to do.

    1. Hard to decide what to do with the extra beds, leashes, collars and such. I thought at least I should use the dog dish for something bright and hopeful. Thanks, Marie.

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