2012 Memoral Garden

As most of you long time visitors know, I designed and built a memorial garden for my Dalmatian Chip after his passing in 2007. Then Last year I added on to it after Neka unexpectedly passed away.

This past weekend I finished planting the 2012 Garden. This year the color for the garden will be provided by Snapdragons, Pansys, Alssum and Marigolds. I have also added a silver mound. I filled the greek urn in Neka’s area with a mix of Diantus.  More color will be provided later in the summer by two Stonecrop plants.

Visit the Dogomine Memorial Garden to see the Photos. More will be added later when the flowers are in full bloom.


Dog-o-Mine Memorial Garden Photos

With Fall in the air and the overnight temperatures dropping into the low 40’s and high 30’s the gardening season is pretty much over for the year. But I thought that I’d share a few photos of this year’s memorial garden.

With the passing of Neka this spring, and some major wind damage shortly thereafter, her section still hadn’t filled in when these pix were taken. But you get the Idea.

Photo #1 is the Memorial Garden for Chip (my best friend for over 15 years).

Photo #2 is Neka’s Garden.  She was only with us for 4 years, but in that short time she became a very special member of the family.

The “Dog-o-Mine Memorial Garden” has been created as a way to preserve their memory and to show just how much they meant to us when they were here with us.

For more information (and more pictures) you can visit the Dog-o-Mine Memorial Garden page at: http://www.albeedigital.com/memorial_garden/

Into Canine Paradise

The photo above is a picture of Neka’s Garden when it was completed in June. The poem below is one I wrote shortly after, in her memory. I revealed it for the first time at her memorial dedication in September.

I hope you like it. It’s called:

Into Canine Paradise
Into Canine Paradise,
long before your time.
Your stay with me was far to short,
the sorrow now is mine.

You gave your love, companionship
and never stopped to judge.
Friendship given to man and beast,
you never held a grudge.

You fixed my heart once broken,
when another passed away.
You gave me strength and courage
to go on another day!

Our bond grew strong through life and love,
both learned respect and trust.
You taught me that there’s more to life,
you showed me fun’s a must.

You came so far so quickly,
you helped man and dogs in need.
You volunteered to visit sick
and truly helped indeed.

Although you never cared for hugs
you always gave them out.
Especially to the little ones
when they came over to hang out!

I’ll remember you forever,
you’re always in my heart.
Any dog who crosses my path,
will know of your friendly bark!

Until forever day arrives,
when we meet again that day.
Just hang around the bridge up there,
Enjoying new friends at play.

By Michael Albee – Copyright 2011