We are joining Ruckus the Eskie for his Sepia Saturday blog hop today. The only rules for this hop are that it be sepia related (pet or non-pet), and have fun! Grab the badge, link to the host, and join in the fun.
Yesterday marked four months since we lost our beagle Kobi to old age. I don’t know why over the last week or two I have been especially missing him and feeling his loss more than ever. Maybe it’s because I’ve been working in my gardens where he used to always be by my side chasing grasshoppers. The other dogs aren’t allowed in the garden area as much until everything is well established and can handle possibly being stepped on; Kobi was the only one who could be trusted!
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been working on the Memorial Garden which I started last summer. I first wrote about the idea last July (scroll towards the bottom of that post to read about it) when the idea came to me to start a garden around the area where some of our pets are buried or have their ashes scattered. When we started that garden I didn’t really think we’d be burying Kobi’s ashes in there before it was even finished.
I can’t wait to share the garden with you once it is finally completed! Right now Kobi’s ashes sit on my desk in the office where in life he was always by my side. But the time is coming to put him in the garden with his siblings, and we plan to do that this weekend. We were going to bury him yesterday on the 4 month anniversary, but pouring rain changed our minds. Once he is laid to rest I need to put in a few more flowers and some finishing touches and then I can share the project from start to finish. I am excited to be getting close to completion.
I was working in there last week while tossing the ball for the dogs, and I looked up to realize I didn’t see Luke anywhere. “Where’s Luke?” I asked the girls, as my eyes searched the yard. Then I looked up towards the deck of the house and saw Luke sitting there looking down at us. He was in the exact same spot where Kobi often sat watching us play.
I hope to get a photo of Luke there sometime so I can put them side by side. It made me sad yet happy to see Luke there. He is carrying on many of Kobi’s traditions and even though it makes me miss Kobi, it also makes me happy that Luke will keep Kobi’s memory alive.
For me, grief waxes and wanes, and I know this feeling of sadness will mostly pass. I think completing the garden will give me a sense of peace. In that spirit, I want to leave off with some happy memories of Kobi. These photos are all of him in his younger years…..I think the beagles look so good in sepia!
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